Post-Run Recovery Tips Part 1: Hydration

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I'm in the middle of my half-marathon training and getting into some pretty long runs on the weekend. After a long run or intense brick (back-to-back) triathlon training day, I have a routine of three things I do to help my body recover faster and prevent injury.


Part 1 - Post Run Hydration

Proper hydration after a long workout is key - and I'm not just talking about water. When you are burning 500-1000 calories at a time, you need to replenish your body quickly with easily digestible carbohydrates and protein to aid in muscle recovery.

One of my favorite go-tos lately is a nutritional shake. I'm currently loving the ones by Orgain, especially the sweet vanilla bean flavor.

Orgain shake
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Orgain shakes are awesome because they are ready-to-drink, all organic and have no preservatives (but a decent shelf life). They taste pretty good too! I usually only do these once a week right after my long run.

Similar: Gatorade G Series Protein Recovery Shake (which I used during my tri training)

It is also important to replace salt and electrolytes that leave your body when you sweat. I prefer replacing these with electrolyte enhanced water versus a sports drink (Gatorade, Powerade, etc).

Instead of purchasing cases of SmartWater, I use Nuun tablets.

Nuun are electrolyte enhanced drink tablets that dissolve in water. They have no sugar, calories or carbs and I just add them to my water bottle before or after my run. You can find them at any running store or buy in bulk online.

Best flavors:  Tropical and Tri-Berry

Part 2...

So what are my other post-run recovery must haves? Stay tuned for Part 2 and 3 of this series next week!

Friday Recipe teaser: Sesame Ahi Tuna

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