Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Drink Up for a Peak Performance + A Giveaway!

The closer it gets to race day, the more important it becomes to recover properly after workouts. With my 10k goal race just a few weeks away, I'm doing everything I can to recover right and that includes drinking low-fat chocolate milk to get the right calories post workout. 

Last year, I suffered a string of injuries - nothing major but each one set me back about a week and over time, this definitely cost me at races. Being unable to train consistently made it really difficult to post the types of times I wanted and knew I was capable of running.  

This year, I've been able to consistently train since the start of the year. I think this will make a huge difference at my 10k race. One thing that has really helped me stay healthy is being strict about nutrition and making sure I drink low-fat chocolate milk after every hard workout. 

De-lish!

I recently read an article about the role nutritional recovery plays in attaining a peak performance. According to the article, the ability to recovery quickly can make or break a race performance. That's because if you don't recovery well, your body stays in a depleted state, tissue damage occurs, immunity is suppressed and risk of injury increases. Runners that recover better are able to perform at a higher level without illness, injury and overtraining. 

Also, it's after a workout that adaptations such as stronger muscles and improved endurance take place. Without proper recovery nutrition, these gains are significantly reduced.

The takeaway? Make sure you consume a snack with a carb-protein mix within 30 minutes after finishing a workout. I recommend low-fat chocolate milk because it goes down easy and in addition to providing a 3:1 carb protein ratio, it also helps replenish key electrolytes like calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium. 


Only a few hard workout before the Bun Run 10k. You can bet these will all be followed up with a glass of cold chocolate milk :) 

For more information about the benefits of chocolate milk, visit the Win With Chocolate Milk website or the Wisconsin Dairy Facebook Page

So, the part you've been waiting for - who wants to win a Chocolate Milk Swag Bag filled with goodies including a $25 Visa Gift Card? Thanks to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, one lucky reader will win this awesome prize!

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post-exercise period that the actual physiological and biochemical changes take place to help us become faster and stronger for the next effort.
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2014/04/recovery/the-3-keys-to-proper-nutritional-recovery_4109#4DrcLK42ATbdMmem.99
the ability to recover quickly and completely often makes the difference between peak performance and poor performance.
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2014/04/recovery/the-3-keys-to-proper-nutritional-recovery_4109#4DrcLK42ATbdMmem.99
the ability to recover quickly and completely often makes the difference between peak performance and poor performance.
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2014/04/recovery/the-3-keys-to-proper-nutritional-recovery_4109#4DrcLK42ATbdMmem.99

23 comments:

  1. My favorite post workout snack is usually some kind of protein bar like the Chocolate Cherry Larabars, and a nice cold drink! Yes, it's occasionally chocolate milk :)

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  2. I love having a green smoothie after a workout!

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  3. After a race, chocolate milk is definitely my favorite! After a workout, I usually make a giant smoothie. :)

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  4. I love drinking Chocolate milk followed by my run :)

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  5. Chocolate milk is awesome post long-run or a hard workout - speed, hills, or tempo. It was a miracle worker just after finishing the Wisconsin Marathon this weekend; muscles didn't feel as tight and depleted.

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  6. Post workout I reach for a banana if I'm at the gym, or for a bag of chips after a marathon.

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  7. Chocolate milk after races. Yum!

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  8. My favorite post-workout snack is for sure chocolate milk, especially if it's a little bit frozen mm mm :)

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  9. I like blueberry smoothie.

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  10. I usually have a banana or a smoothie

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  11. I love protein shakes or smoothies!

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  12. Favorite post-workout recovery snack is a glass of 100% tart cherry juice!

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  13. I like a strawberry banana smoothie.

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  14. Quest bars or veggies and hummus!

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  15. I usually like to drink a glass of orange juice over LOTS of ice.

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  16. If I workout in the morning, I like to have oatmeal with berries and almonds!

    Also, I have the same glasses as you but mine are taller!

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  17. I LOVE chocolate milk. Definitely my go-to.

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  18. I usually do a protein drink - Accelerade, or a custom protein blend my trainer sells. I have grabbed chocolate milk on occasion, but its not readily available at my house.

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  19. I really like Greek yogurt after a workout.

    Amy Lauren
    proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Thanks, Sun!! Beyond ecstatic! I also loved getting some post-workout recovery ideas from your readers! Good luck with the upcoming race!

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    1. Thanks Chrissy and congrats on winning the prize!

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