Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Post-Run Recovery Food Options

One of the things I've struggled most with during this training cycle is what to do about post-run recovery food.

It's recommended that within 30 minutes of finishing a run, you get something small, with a good blend of protein and carbs into your system to start helping your muscles recover and rebuild. Then a few hours later you should follow that up with a bigger meal to aid recovery and replace some of what you lost in the workout.

I never do this. Ever.

The main reason being that my stomach is never quite ready to eat 30 minutes after a run. At the very least I end up waiting an hour to eat and sometimes it's more like two or three hours.

I know that's not good, but it's just what my body can handle. If I try to eat food too soon after working out, I get sick.

However, after this weekend's long run, I blame my poor recovery plan for why my legs are still so sore.

I need to find some good options for post-run recovery. Bananas are out because they make me gag. Bagels and PB are just too heavy. Chocolate milk usually works well, but I so rarely have that on hand.

What works for you as post-run recovery food? I really need to find something better than what I'm doing now, but I'm not sure what else to try. Does anyone else have the problem of not being able to eat so soon after a workout?

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