Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Thanks everyone for your nice messages about my Steamtown race result.  It definately turned out to be more than a training run.

I am working on my Steamtown Report,  but unfortunately got a little cold post marathon sniffles that leaves me napping on the couch after work.  I hope it doesn't hold on, I want to do some speedwork in preparation for the Hamilton Road to Hope marathon November 1st!! I am also thinking of running a half marathon this weekend in Toronto.  I have some goals for that race,  Hamilton, and then CIM the next month.

Tonight I am meeting a friend for Hot Yoga, which is my favourite post race recovery activity,  which brings me to the topic of this post

What is your post-race recovery routine?

 Here is what works for me
-Epsom Salt baths (eucalyptus)
-Extra Sleep
-Herbal tea
-Potato chips (seriously)
-Hot Yoga

So what do you do?


Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Potato Chips!!! The Cheetos I had after my first Marathon tasted like heaven.

Hubby gives me massages, he is a saint.

Thanks for your comment today. I am pretty darn sure I wont be able to be a bandit...I would be too stressed.. Someday maybe I will consider being a pacer...but gotta get a few races under my belt first.

Lots of fun races for you coming up!!

Lily on the Road said...

Massage, chiro, Tostitos, red wine, Epsom baths and not necessarily in that order! Get better soon!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Napping is my favorite..... lol

Lacey Nicole said...

Chocolate Banana Vivanno (starbucks) with Espresso!!!!!!!!! yes yes yes.


ice bath (with something hot to eat/drink like oatmeal or tea)


Massage :)

joyRuN said...

Do Epsom Salts come in different varieties? Eucalyptus sounds like a heavenly recovery bath!

I love recovery massages, but not as much as a solid uninterrupted NAP :)

MCM Mama said...

Honestly? A cup of coffee, a shower, and then it's back to being "mom". If I'm lucky, I might remember to grab something to eat. That's why I've only run one marathon LOL. I'm fairly useless after a half, but still need to keep up with my boys. My boys would have starved after the marathon if my mom hadn't been here.

Jo Lynn said...

Well, as you could see - with my races, there's food everywhere so when I'm done I usually just need some Advil and more water. But chips, M&M's, bananas, etc., I just eat while I'm running. LOL

Mistyfied said...

Hot bath, epsom salts, masaage, mexican food and a cold beer.

Heather said...

Sorry about the cold!

I like to stuff my face, and then, if my child cooperates, a nap! Otherwise it's "active" recovery chasing around a toddler. :)

Marlene said...

Epsom salt baths are key for me. And wine.... lots of wine. Not sure there's any benefit to the latter. ;)

Looking forward to reading your report!

I'll be cheering/spectating at Toronto this weekend as many from my clinic are running. I'll watch for you!

Runner Leana said...

Massage and naps! Without a doubt!

Runner Leana said...

Oh, and beer!

lindsay said...

feel better!! whew, another marathon in 2 weeks? nutso :)

i don't think i have a routine... but a nap and ice bath are almost always in the books!

B.o.B. said...

Potato chips for sure. Or anything carby and not-so-good-for you. LOL!

Ali said...

Potato chips ... love it ... actually scientifically speaking they would replace some much needed sodium!

I am planning a sausage and egg mcmuffin breakfast for my recovery.

Jess said...

Sleep. That's definitely my numero uno!

Meg Runs said...

I "do" chips too after a run...then a nap!

ShirleyPerly said...

15 min ice water bath. It's not pleasant but my recovery time after running marathons is usually only a 2-3 days since I started doing them. I also like to walk around for 30 min to an hour a few hours later to get the blood flowing again. Doing this I can and have run marathons 1-2 weeks apart fairly well.

Hope you get over the cold soon!

N.D. said...

haha on the chips! I try to do an ice bath, eat lots of protein, get a massage via husband and use bar thing on body, and do yoga the next day! great job at steamtown.

RunToTheFinish said...

so glad to see someone else say epsom salt and not...ICE BATH. seriously i think they both work, one is just more enjoyable!

feel better

X-Country2 said...

Panera is always my post-race meal. Hot paninis are like crack to me. :o)

Bob Babinski said...

Simple. Eat as little as possible for as long as possible. Stretch and drink water till it feels like you're drowning.
Meantime, I thought you might be interested in reading this piece about a sportscaster who's work has been transformed by becoming a marathoner:

There are a couple of other really good running stories on the site


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