Thursday, June 5, 2014

Refueling: An Important Part of Every Training Plan

Question: When's the last time you skipped out on the last repeat of a track workout? 

While most of us wouldn't dream of cutting a workout short, it's sometimes all too easy to skip out on some of the other important aspects of training. For example, post-workout nutrition.

If you already prioritize eating within the optimal 45-minute post-workout recovery window, keep it up! But if not, listen up. By skipping out on this essential part of training, you're failing to reap the maximum training benefits for a peak performance. Some athletes may balk at the idea of taking in calories after a workout, but trust me, you're doing more harm than good when you deprive your body of these necessary nutrients.

In my world, convenience is so important, which is why I tend to reach for chocolate milk after tough workouts. I just stick a bottle in a cooler and drink it in the car after hitting the roads or track. In addition to providing the optimal 3 to 1 carb/protein ratio, it also helps me rehydrate at the same time. It's by far the easiest thing to tackle on my to-do list ;)

Just unscrew the cap and you're ready to refuel!

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

Upcoming event: Who's going to spectate at the upcoming Tour of America's Dairyland? If you've never spectated a cycling event, now's your chance. They're super fun to watch and as an added bonus, you can meet the Win With Chocolate Milk team and get chocolate milk samples at the June 27 (Fond du Lac) and June 29 (Tosa) events! 

Tell me: What do you consider an essential part of any workout?

- ST

6 comments:

  1. You're right, recovery nutrition is so important! A while ago, I used to not take anything with me after races and it would be a few hours before I had a chance to eat something, which usually consisted of something not-so-healthy because I always crave some type of sweet breakfast after a race. Now I make sure I take something after I cool-down that has carbs and protein and chocolate milk adds that sweetness I crave so its perfect :)

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    1. I'm with you on that one. I like having something healthy right after the race but then later on, indulge in a treat! ;)

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  2. too bad i'm lactose intolerant.

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    1. Have you tried lactose free milk? There are also plenty of other recovery snacks to be had instead if lactose free milk doesn't sit well in your stomach :)

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  3. Chocolate milk is my favorite post-workout drink. Next to a giant Starbucks latte. :) And to answer your first question...TUESDAY! Haha I hated having to cut that repeat short!

    Great post though! Getting used to fueling properly after a run was definitely an adjustment for me, but so necessary!

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    1. Girly, you get a break since you did a speedwork session so soon after your first marathon!

      I agree it's an adjustment. When I first started eating and/or drinking after a workout I'd always worry about undoing all the hard work. But, in the long run, it's best!

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