Happy Friday! Let’s jump right into this week’s Fartlek Friday tip: Prep your post-run recovery food!
Prep Your Post-Run Recovery Food
How many times have you gotten back from a run tired, sore, starving, and sweaty? You can’t decide what to do first: stretch, shower, eat, or just lay on the floor. Whenever possible, I like to have something ready to go that I can eat (or drink) as soon as I get back from my run. I take a couple minutes to eat before jumping in the shower. (Then I try to get myself to foam roll at some point later in the day.)
So how do you prep your post-run recovery food? It can actually be really simple! Make extra of another meal/snack earlier in the week. For example, I might make a smoothie on Sunday, so I will make a really big one that I can drink on Monday and Tuesday after my workouts. I’ll drink my smoothie and then eat a regular breakfast a little later after I shower.
You can also do this with eggs. Make some extra and then after your run you can eat them on a piece of toast or English muffin. I also like to make batches of things like muffins or bars over the weekend that I can grab after a workout.
You may also like: Pre-Run Snack Ideas For Morning Runners
My favorite thing to have ready to go is a smoothie. I use frozen fruit, oats, liquid (OJ, milk, or just water), spinach, and protein powder. When I’m really rushed I even take it with me while I start getting ready for the day.
Here are some smoothie ideas I’ve shared in the past:
Ginger and Beet Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe
Matcha Berry Smoothie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
A Cold-Fighting Smoothie Recipe
Do you prep your post-run recovery food?