It’s well understood that the miles you log during training can help you reach your running goals or prepare you for race day, but did you know that most of your fitness gains are made during your recovery period? It’s this critical time between training sessions that you need to provide your body the right nutrients, at the right time, in the right amounts, to make the most of your hard efforts.
You need to know what to eat before you run so you can perform your best. But recovery begins with the food you eat after your workout.
So, what are the best foods to eat after a run? Carbohydrates to restore depleted glycogen stores, protein to rebuild and repair muscles and micronutrients (electrolytes, vitamins and minerals) to replenish what you lose in sweat.
Consuming quality nutrition will help you make the most of your training and refuel your body for the next workout. Your eating also affects how quickly you recover, which could be the difference between bouncing back for another hard effort or ending your run early.
Try some of these athlete-inspired recipes to better reap the rewards of your training.