Post-Race Recovery

Good Monday morning everyone! I am officially SORE from the race yesterday! Holy wow…the worst is my booty! Seriously!! But it was worth it!! 🙂 

I had lot of emails from people wanting to know what I use as pre-race fuel. So let’s back up to Saturday night, shall we? I do believe in carbo-loading BUT I don’t believe in carbo-loading only on the night before a race. That, in my experience, only makes me sluggish the next day which is the exact opposite of what you are looking for on race day. So what I do is increase my carbohydrate intake over the course of that entire week proir to racing. And when I say carbohydrates I don’t want you to think I am sitting around inhaling loaves of bread! I am talking about healthy carbohydrates…sweet potatoes, black beans, fruits, vegetables, pastas, you get the idea. Things I typically eat anyway but just more of them. So the night before, I kept it simple and fueled up with a Flatout wrap stuffed with a mashed sweet potato and black beans. It was FABULOUS! Sorry about the blurry picture: 

Pre-Race Dinner

This morning I did a light workout that included some cycling and some elliptical followed by a lot of stretching! I need to work out that lactic acid and not doing anything is only going to make the soreness worse! I am also definitely sporting my compression socks. Aren’t they lovely? 

Compression Socks

 I swear by my compression socks! I absoltely LOVE them! I sport a brand by a company called CEP and they are amazing! What are compression socks, you ask? They are snug-fitting, over-the-calf socks aimed at improving oxygen delivery to muscles, speeding lactic acid removal and stabilizing the lower leg for greater muscle efficiency. Studies have also shown that wearing these socks post race show a faster lactate recovery rate. Just what these legs need! 

I also want to give a shout out to the flipping AMAZING Indianapolis Colts! My boys are going to the Superbowl! I think yesterday was the best day ever! I qualified for the New York City Marathon AND the Colts won! Someone was smiling on me for sure! 🙂 

AFC Champions!!

Monday is looking good my friends! Enjoy your mornings and I will be back later!! 🙂

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18 Responses

  1. Look at you in your sexy compression socks! 😉

  2. Look at those legs! Those powerful, strong, speedy legs! Congrats again on your race 😀

  3. Love the socks 😉 Congrats again!!

  4. I’m so glad the Colts are going to the superbowl! Should be a good game 🙂

  5. Girl Congrats! I am just catching up on your blog after the weekend!

    I need to check out some compression socks!

  6. Congrats on the race! Sounds like you know what your body needs to a T before and after a big race!

  7. Sorry, Kelly, but WHO DAT!!!!!!

    And thank you for the race tips 🙂

  8. Haha I heard about the Colts this morning on Regis and Kelly and totally thought of you!

    LOVE the socks – and HOLY muscular legs!!

  9. Hey – Congrats! You looked great on Sunday! I love this pre race meal – will try it for Stephen next time he has a race.

  10. youve got some nice nice legs! Ive def got muscles in my legs but they arent quite as lean as yours! Would love to have your legs—maybe I need to up my running a bit and I can get there?!

    Congrats!

  11. dang girl! i know this sounds weird, but i am a total leg girl and appreciate a girl w/ good lookin’ legs… you have amazing legs! i think it’s because i’ve never liked my own legs – i have leg envy! 🙂

    • That is so funny because honestly I HATE my legs! I guess we always think someone else has it better and we just need to be thankful for what we have! 🙂

  12. Gorgeous legs!! So strong!! I’ve never heard about compression socks. Very interesting!! Thanks for all of the great running info. It makes me miss running in half marathons!! 🙂

  13. Kelly – congrats on qualifying for the NYC Marathon!! Holy shit – you should be so proud!!

    Should be a great Superbowl too! 😀

  14. Wow! That’s awesome about qualifying for the NCY Marthing! YAY!

    By the way… you have incredible legs 🙂

  15. […] also need to tell everyone THANK YOU for all the sweet comments on my legs yesterday! What is funny is that honestly my legs have historically been my least favorite part […]

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