Yesterday, I joined more than 20,000 people in running the NYC Half Marathon. It was thrilling to run down the city streets–particularly Broadway,right through Times Square.
This was the first race in a long time where I had no problems with swelling in my ankle. I’m still utilizing Jeff Galloway’s run/walk/run program, but had to rely on it for only a quarter of the race. If you don’t already know, Mr. Galloway is an amazing running coach whose program got me running again pain free. Read more about him here: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/ or my original JG love letter: https://blitzyourbody.com/2013/11/marathon-envy/
Afterwards. we celebrated with pasta, green mimosas and a little dancing, which, by the way, is absolutely the wrong way to recover after a race. I should have skipped the mimosas and and instead had plenty of water and stretched my overworked muscles.
But today is a new day! And while I didn’t aid my body with proper recovery yesterday, I can still give my muscles what they need with my favorite protein shake for breakfast. Since it’s St. Patrick’s day, I made sure to add plenty of spinach to give it a gorgeous green color. Don’t worry, adding spinach only boosts the nutritional content of this shake, as spinach is rich in muscle building iron, and bone strengthening calcium. It does not taste like spinach, trust me.
St. Paddy’s Day Recovery Shake
260 cal/5.5 grams fat/27 grams protein
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I still like Designer Whey the best!)
1/2 frozen or fresh banana
1/4 cup lowfat Greek yogurt
1 splash vanilla extract
1 tsp honey or whatever sweetener you prefer
1 cup baby spinach
2-3 ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!