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By Diana Siegel 

Running a marathon is no walk in the park. Once committed to the 26.2-mile journey, runners must train for months to build their stamina and avoid “hitting the wall” on race day. While increasing mileage over time, carbo-loading, and thoroughly hydrating are all key components of a successful race preparation program, they only focus on preparation leading up to a run. Equally important (and often overlooked) is the vital role recovery plays in a runner’s overall performance.

 

Without proper recovery, the body becomes overworked and likely to burn out by race day. While physical recovery exercises like cool downs and stretches ease some of the stress that long distance running places the body, diet and nutrition supply some of the best tools available to help repair your muscles, joints, and bones, and keep you moving towards that finish line.

 

Consuming a mix of protein and complex carbohydrates within an hour of finishing a long distance training run or race will accelerate muscle recovery. Pack these proteins and carbs with nutritious antioxidants, and you’ll help your body eliminate toxins released by the muscles during strenuous exercise, and decrease the inflammation that flares up in hard-worked body parts. But how can a runner down all of the post-run nutrition he or she needs with a workout-suppressed appetite? The answer is simple: Marathon Bullet Smoothies!

 

The following recipes contain the perfect blend of nutrients in delicious, easily drinkable beverage from. Make them a regular part of your training program, and you’ll be leaving others in the dust!

 

Recipes

 

Cherry Picker

Let this pretty pink mixture be the cherry on top of your great training run! Tofu gives the drink a powerful protein punch and creamy texture; while cherries contain complex carbs, anti-inflammatories, and antioxidants to help your achy muscles recover.

 

-1 cup frozen unsweetened cherries

-1/2 cup 100% cherry juice

-3/4 cup soft tofu, drained

-1 tbs maple syrup (optional)

-handful of ice (optional; if your prefer your smoothies cold)

 

Add all ingredients to the Tall Cup or Oversized Mug

Twist on the Cross Blade and blend until smooth

 

Re-pear Man

Heal your hardworking body with this delicious protein-packed smoothie

 

-1 pear

-1/4 avocado

-3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

-1/2 cup apple juice

-3/4 cup water

-2 tbs lime juice

-handful of ice (optional; if your prefer your smoothies cold)

 

Add all ingredients to the Tall Cup or Oversized Mug

Twist on the Cross Blade and blend until smooth

 

All of these recipes and more can be found in the RECIPES FOR RUNNERS guide included in the Marathon Bullet system.

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