Healthy. Happy. Well.

Happy Friday Everyone! Jenna from Healthy. Happy. Well. has written an inspiring guest post for Eat Chic! Enjoy!

First of all, thank you so much Amari, for giving me the chance to guest post on Eat Chic! I love this blog and it’s such a fun honor to be a part of it!

Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoy my little guest blurb in the blogosphere as much as I enjoy Amari’s posts! I couldn’t think of a better time to write a guest post for a healthy eating blog actually. Amari’s request couldn’t have come at a better time. This weekend I ran in my first ever half marathon in good ole Dallas, TX. It was part of the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure, Rock n’Roll Marathon Series. I’m obviously not a half marathon expert, but I would highly recommend this race. For the pure entertainment factor if not for anything elseÔǪ seriously, there was a band playing live music at every other mile! But yes, the 13.1 miles were fun, albeit very challenging. No matter how long or hard you train I don’t think you are ever 100% prepared for your first race. So post-race, (this is what separates the running veterans from the amateurs) I was so sore I could barely move. My body was screaming at me louder than it ever had before and my calves were threatening to outright retire and stop working if I didn’t do something to recover ASAP.

So let me tell you first what I did immediately following the race, and then I’m going to tell you what I should have done, and what I will do after future half marathons.

So immediately after crossing the finish line I was herded through the secure zone with the hundreds of other runners and made my way through the maze. A medal was placed regally around my neck and I found my running buddy for a quick photo op in front of the famous Dallas Rock n’Roll backdrop. We then proceeded to the Michelob Ultra tent for a free beer. My body was aching and numb at the same time. I looked like a blonde robot walking around because I couldn’t bend my knees. But yet, I’m a sucker for anything free so instead of heading back to the hotel for liquid hydration and a wholesome meal we sat around in the hot Texas sun, listening to live music and drinking beer. I would not recommend this to anyone after running for two straight hours. When we finally did attempt to make the walk back to the hotel I was dehydrated, starving, sore and near a delirious exhaustion.

So, friendly folks, I would like to offer a suggestion and help people learn from my mistakes in this post. I would like to play pretend and rewind to the moments after the 13.1-mile race. I would have done things completely different. My first mistake was that I stopped moving soon after I crossed the finish line. I didn’t give my overworked muscles the chance to cool down at all. I should have immediately started walking 2 miles back to the hotel as a nice breather, post race. During this walk I should have been drinking a re-hydrating drink such as PowerAde or water and eating a power bar or nu-gel for replenishment.

Once getting to the hotel I would have made my post-workout staple. I usually work out at about 10 A.M. and it’s around noon by the time I get back to the house. Perfect timing for a nutritious and delicious lunch! This is the ultimate power lunch and makes the body feel amazing. If there was one thing I wish I had after the race it is definitely this meal!

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Re-Loaded Sweet Potato

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato cooked
  • 1 half avocado mashed
  • 1 handful sliced almonds
  • 1 handful pumpkin seeds
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Cut a slit in the sweet potato lengthwise and fill with mashed avocado. Top with ground pepper and sea salt. Sprinkle with almonds and pumpkin seeds.

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Post-Workout Power Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup ice

Put spinach in blender and top with all other ingredients. Blend until smooth.

This is a winning combo. A ton of protein, fiber and a power punch of vitamins and minerals to help your body recover. My next marathons will definitely be followed by this meal. So really, If I could give one piece of advice in my sign off to Eat Chic I would have to recommend a post-race plan for recovery which includes a cool-down, hydration and a replenishing meal.

Do you have any post-workout meals, drinks or rituals, which make for a healthy recovery?

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