Two things today!
1) The cute family of ducks I saw yesterday morning while on my run. There is mom, dad, and three baby Mallards. If there's any justice in the world, one day in the year 3000 I will come back to life as a baby duck.
2) Let's Talk Race recovery, Well, it's Spring racing season (unless you live in Texas or Nigeria) and I don't know about you, but sitting on the couch exhausted after a race is only cool for a couple hours...we're all busy peeps with stuff to do, right?
And my body doesn't recover well - I'm no SkinnyRunner (girl ran 1000(2) marathons in three dayz!)
When I finish a race, the last thing I want to do is stretch or eat something healthy.
My inclination is to sit down for several hours and eat ice cream. I read somewhere that chocolate milk is a good recovery food due to having lots of protein and carbs, so I started drinking that post race...bottom line, I'm still trying to find what works for me!
|Not Optimal Recovery Food|
How do you recover from a race? Any tips?
Here's some tips from the elites:
"It's important to get something in your system as soon as you stop running"
-1993 World Championships marathon gold medalist Mark Plaatjes
On Taking It Easy
"It happens at least once a year,I get busy or impatient and I justify it, saying, 'I'm getting in the workouts, I'm checking the boxes, that's what's important.' I let the recovery aspects go, and I wind up sick or injured. I realize then that it's time to get focused and do the little things right. Sometimes I just need a kick in the butt."
- Lauren Fleshman - U.S. champion at 5,000m in 2007.
Ice Baths (or just water)
"For me, hydrotherapy is an absolute must," she says. "During my heavy training I don't go more than once a week, but that weightless time just helps flush everything out." If you can't make it to the pool, take a cool bath. Ice is nice, but not necessary--just run cool water from the tap deep enough to cover your legs for a recovery boost."
- Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan