Today I brought back a breakfast that I forgot all about! Overnight oats for the win!
I can’t get enough nut butter lately. Between Justin’s almond butter and cinnamon raisin from Peanut Butter & Co I eat these like champs! For my “dessert” last night I had 1.5 graham crackers with a normal amount of cinnamon raisin pb. It is so easy to go overboard with the pb. I am trying to be normal about my eating, remember?
This morning on runnersworld.com (one of my go-to morning websites) there was an article on run recovery. This got me to thinking about what I do after a tough run or race.
Especially now that my runs are starting to get longer and longer I am trying to be more conscious about what I do after my run. I know from experience that after a particularly long and hard race or run, if I sit and don’t do anything I am doomed. It is always best for me to move throughout the day. If I sit and relax and don’t move much I am the sorest person alive the next day.
In addition to making sure I move throughout the day there are a few other things I try to keep on top of after a run.
- Fueling right away. Ideally you want to eat within 30 minutes of working out. A balance of protein and carbs is ideal so I usually go for peanut butter and toast or waffles
- Compression gear. If I am doing an especially long run I will wear my compression pants while I run but I always wear compression socks or calf sleeves after a run.
- Drink. and I am not talking about just anything (or booze like this chick), I am talking good old H2O. Even throw in some Nuun while you’re at it.
- Recovery running. This is something I am just starting to learn. In addition to moving the day of a run or race, try to go out for a very easy recovery run the day after. Even move a little on an elliptical! Moving will help loosen your muscles and help with the tightness and soreness!
I know a lot of people who also swear by ice baths. I attempted that once. Let’s just say the most I got in was my pinky toe then I said screw it!
Tonight I have a tough speed workout planned- mile repeats! I am super nervous about this one! Hopefully I will report back later with only happy running things 🙂
Any other run recovery tips I should know about?!