I am so excited about this week. It had been fairly rainy and temperate here the past week or so, which is fabulous for training, but I am a bit of an outlier in the fact that I love training in the heat. Humidity doesn’t bother me, in fact, I welcome it because I love to get a good, solid, disgusting sweat on. My speed and energy levels are rarely affected by the heat, but it often goes the other way in the winter – I just want to crawl in a warm corner, eat my winter hatred away in the form of warm carbs and not move. Ever.
Monday of this week was an exceptionally humid day that began with a heavy fog and ended with me doing interval sprints in the local park. I was with my team, Health + Performance as we prepared for the time trial next week. (If you are a local runner, come on out! I think today is the last day to sign up).
Anyways, I arrived home, absolutely drenched with the biggest smile on my face and headed straight in the kitchen to make another one of my incredibly complex recipes.
I believe the word is Sweaty Betty…
Jessica’s Recovery Popsicles
1 cup of chocolate milk
1 scoop of North Coast Naturals l-glutamine
Mix and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. Loosen the mold with running hot water over the mold. Enjoy.
I know a lot of runners are skeptical about milk or are sensitive to consuming it, but every person reacts differently and I have a fairly relaxed approach to nutrition. That being said, chocolate milk has been shown to be a perfect post-workout drink because of the balance of carbs and proteins with that amazing 4:1 ratio that helps to rock recovery.
Also, I use North Coast Naturals L-Glutamine liberally in my training and recovery because it assists with muscle growth, enhances cell volume which increases recovery and supports gastrointestional health. You can read another post I wrote on it here.
So basically, even though it is the simplest recipe ever, it is packed full of goodness to ensure you recover quickly and are ready to rock your next workout in no time.
How about you? What is your FASTEST go-to recovery snack?
What weather do you prefer running in, hot or cold?