You all know I love craft beer. I love craft beer almost as much as I love running and I’ve loved it for longer. Seriously, I was enjoying a craft beer or two long before I discovered the joy of a good run. And guess what I recently got from a race? That’s right I was 3rd in my age group (yes there were more than 3 of us. No, there weren’t many more.) Anyways, the Wausau Marathon mailed me this gorgeous age group award. Talk about a classy organization!
But I digress. Today’s topic for Tuesdays on the Run is “what do are your post race rituals and rewards?) I know you think I’m going to say I reward myself with beer, but despite my love of it, beer is not often my post run reward of choice. I’ll have one if I’m running with a group and we end at a place with good beer options.
Or occasionally, I’ll have one if a race has something I like afterwards, but I’m kind of particular about what I’ll drink.
But much more often than a beer, I grab a glass of chocolate milk. And I love it when a race hands out cold chocolate milk at the finish line.
I know that some people say that it’s the perfect post run combination of carbs and protein. Others say humans should never drink milk. I’ll be honest – I drink it because I like it. I find it refreshing and it gives me some calories after a race when I’m not ready to eat. This is important because I often race/run without fuel and need something pretty quickly after the finish.
That’s pretty much it. Back in the days before I adapted to running half marathons so frequently, I was the queen of the epsom salt bath. But to be honest, I can’t even remember the last time I took one. Maybe I’ll take one after I run Marine Corps Marathon completely undertrained… But I’ll probably have a beer instead.
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