I’ve been running now for almost 3 years. Sometimes after a run I’m shot. Exhausted. Breathing hard. Just not feeling great.
After my last half marathon I had this type of feeing. I pushed hard during the race as I generally try to do. I figure that I want to look back and enjoy the results. Momentary discomfort is totally worth it when you PR or just know you did your best. There is a need to be wise and not hurt yourself, but the feeling after a hard workout or race is awesome.
Okay. The drink. I’m sure I am not alone in knowing this, but it took years for me to figure out the best drink after a tough workout. Beer!
So after my last half marathon I wasn’t doing well. I drank Gatorade, water, chocolate milk and after 30 minutes I was still not doing well. I found myself at the beer tent and had my 1 beer that they offered. Within minutes I was back to my old self. My mind was clear and I was no longer tired in the slightest.
I kept that experience tucked away for 8 months. Fast forward to the recent increase in my running. My first long run was tough. Very tough. I couldn’t get myself to relax and knew it was about to become a long day. I was driving home and decided to get a Gatorade at a local supermarket. I was exhausted. Then I recalled my half marathon experience. I decided to try it. I went to the beer isle at 9:00 on a Saturday morning. I ended up with the non-alcoholic beer, Odules (it was 9:00 🙂 ). I got to the car and downed one before I even put the keys in the ignition.
In minutes I felt awesome. Just like my half marathon, I had a 180 turnaround and felt like I never had an issue.
I now try to keep a recovery beer with me on all workouts. I had a really hard workout this weekend while visiting my mom in PA. I ran 13 miles with 2200 ft climb and when I finished… I needed a recovery beer. I took it out of the fridge and in a minute or two my breathing went to normal, my mind cleared and I felt great.
Once again, this may not be big news to most runners, but it t really is a miracle recovery drink.
Beer. I knew it was good for something.