Just as I expected, yesterday’s run was right in the middle of the hot and muggy late afternoon. To say that I thought I was going to pass out is an understatement and the truth is, it was the worst run I’ve had throughout my half-marathon training thus far. With that said, I’m glad I stuck to it and completed the run as I still fully believe that you NEVER regret a run and the same went for yesterday’s miles. Sometimes you gotta push through and a bit of will power along the way doesn’t hurt either!
Following my run, I laid on the floor for a while and chugged a ton of water before stretching out my tired legs. I couldn’t get myself to hop in the shower at this point, so instead, I decided it was time for a protein packed smoothie to bring life back to my body.
Smoothies are such a great source of nutrients; after a run, you’ve burned a lot of calories and you need to immediately re-hydrate and replenish. Additionally, the fact that they are ice cold really helps to cool down your body temperatures especially after running in the heat.
Though we have a few different smoothie variation go-to’s (which will be featured on the blog throughout these summer months!), this is the mix I made yesterday which really gave me the boost I needed after my long, painful, sweaty run (so attractive, eh?).
Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
4 ice cubes
1/2 large banana, cut into chunks
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup of almond milk (They didn’t have unsweetened this week so I bought light almond milk)
Optional: 1 tbsp. chia seeds or ground flax or 1/4 cup of spinach leaves (I would have used spinach if we had it!)
1. Combine ice cubes, banana, and protein powder.
2. Then add the almond milk.
3. Blend until smooth and enjoy!