Right now I’m enjoying some downtime – rest and recovery from a very great and long season! In the past month I have had quite the series of races. First was the Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half-Marathon at the end of June, where I was the top American in 1:08:00 in very hot and humid conditions. The next race, two weeks later, was the Utica Boilermaker 15k, where I had one of my best races – a 46:04 good enough for 15th place overall and 3rd american citizen (1st american born). Only five days after that race I drove to Buffalo, NY for a 4 mile Buffalo Subaru Chase run. At this race I finished as the top American, 6th overall, also in hot and humid conditions. After a 4:34 first mile, I managed a 19:16. Nine days after that, I won the San Francisco Half-Marathon in an official time of 1:05:02 – which you can read all about in my post below. During this time, my mileage was mostly in the 90s-100 until the last two weeks when I “tapered” down to 80 and 72. I also do several hours per week of additional ancillary work, such as drills, core work, and light weight lifting. The only way to do this difficult training, hot/humid conditions, and all those races was to focus on recovery. I’m lucky to have two great sponsors, athletes honey milk and sigvaris, which both are recovery products. Today’s blog I’m going to focus on athletes honey milk.
Athletes honey milk (www.honeymilk.com) is an all-natural recovery product. If you don’t know me well, I’m a big advocate for health and nutrition. I have frequently spent over $100 at a local health food store. My breakfast pretty much everyday is an athletes honey milk light and a delicious oatmeal recipe. I use a cup of instant oats, a tablespoon of chia seeds (high in omega-3s), 2 tablespoons of wheat germ, 1 chopped bannana. After microwaving this, I add two tablespoons of trader joe’s almond butter with flaxseeds. This breakfast gets me 1.) plenty of calories to fuel a long day of training, 2.) calcium and potassium from honey milk, 3.) omega 3-s from flaxseed and chia seeds, and 4.) plenty of fiber. This may be too much food for someone not running 90+ miles per week, but is essential for me. After my longer run for the day, I’ll consume another honey milk to aid in recovery.
One of the greatest parts about honey milk is that it simply tastes delicious! I’ve used it in so many different ways. One of my favorites is using the chocolate light with blueberries and yogurt for a healthy recovery smoothie. Another use of honey milk is on cereal! Using honey, or especially my favorite vanilla flavor, on cheerios or wheaties is very tasty – even add frozen blueberries or strawberries for more flavor and nutrition. Another great way to honey milk is to add vanilla or chocolate flavors to coffee! This is much better for you than using cream and sugar with significantly more protein for recovery.
Honey milk currently has an offer going for the next few days which I highly recommend you try. The offer is for a 50% off offer (for each case you buy, honeymilk will give you one for free). Here’s the coupon code (AHMMD1) and directions on how to use it:
Visit the store (http://www.honeymilk.com/store)
add two or more cases of any flavor (or mix and match) to your shopping cart
enter the coupon code (AHMMD1) in the “Discount Codes” box
Click on “Apply Coupon”
The discount will be applied to your cart and you can continue the check out process, with your Visa or Mastercard. You’ll receive your product with 3-5 business days.
If you’ve tried honey milk before, leave me a comment on which is your favorite flavor! If not, try it out and let me know what you think. Good luck with everyone’s training, racing, and most importantly – recovery!