Chocolate Milk – It’s not just a beverage for kids.
Breakfast this morning was at about 6:30am with the kids. I often find myself holding out a little on breakfast to see how much the kids eat first as to not feel overly wasteful. I ended up with a bowel of Kix cereal with skim milk and half a banana. I also had half of my son’s bagel thin which was topped with honey and tub margarine. Oh, and I can’t forget my morning cup of black coffee. This came to about 300 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 60 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.
My workout started a little later than planned at 9am. It was a beautiful brisk morning. On the calendar today was an 8 mile progression run. I ran my warm-up to a local park where I then ran the progression run …6:35, 6:21, 6:11, 6:11, 6:05, 6:01, 6:00, 5:48 = 49:16. I ran in the park a bit longer to cool-down and then ran home. The total mileage of the run was 12 miles.
Once home I did my typical post-run drill routine. This only takes me about 5 minutes. I then went into the house and drank this wonderful post-run beverage – chocolate milk!
Chocolate milk has been preached as a good recovery beverage for good reason. It’s a great way to rehydrate after a run. It offers essential bone building and repairing calcium and vitamin D. The excellent balance of carbohydrate and protein supports muscle repair and recovery after demanding workouts. It’s cheap, easy, convenient, and delicious. Flavored milk can serve as one of the best recovery beverages.
Hopefully I’ll feel recharged and recovered for my next run.