Saturday, January 23, 2010

Post-run recovery shake

My favorite treat after a longer run (75 min or more) is the following shake that I mix up with my immersion blender, then drink straight up with a straw. This is a modification based on what the trainer suggested. I resisted the oats at first, but pureed in the shake they act as a nice thickener. Mmmm.

1 scoop chocolate whey powder
1 small banana or half a large
1/4 c. quick-cooking oats
1 c. skim milk
Add water as desired

I read somewhere (and can't remember where now because I think it was as I was drifting off to sleep, or maybe I dreamed the whole thing?) about an endurance runner who described how she came to terms with the effort required in a race, and she called it "embracing the beast." This idea that you court and invite the pain, revel in it, celebrate it. I thought about that a little on my run today, envisioning a short, fat, hapless, fuzzy beast.

One more random post. I was looking up inspirational quotes for my class today and found they had a section on running quotes. Two of my favs:

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise. ~P.Z. Pearce

The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank. ~George Sheehan