We’re all familiar with the importance of good sports nutrition to fuel your training efforts leading up to an event. Your obstacle race training nutrition plan follows some of the general guidelines applicable to all athletes:
- Choose the whole foods over processed varieties,
- Lean cuts of meat,
- Adequate fruit, and
- Plenty of vegetables.
On race day, your pre-race meal should be customized for the energy demands for your race — sustaining enough to help you endure and dominate the challenge. But what do you have after the race, when, thanks to vendors, you may be surrounded by a limited variety of food options? What do you eat after (or with) your free cup of beer? Here are some guidelines and tips for your post-obstacle race fuel.
Post-Race Meal General Guidelines
1. Enjoy the Free Alcoholic Beverage
You’ve worked hard for it, and if it’s a beer worth having, guzzle it down with no remorse.
2. Balance Carbohydrate and Protein Intake
The general rule of thumb is a 3 or 4:1 carbohydrate:protein ratio following a strenuous physical challenge like a hard workout or sporting event. Aim for this with your post obstacle race meal. It will help boost recovery, enhance muscle repair, and replenish energy stores.
3. Don’t Skimp On Sugar
You’ll need some sugar to replenish your energy stores. Chances are you won’t need to look far in order to find sugary food sources from event vendors.
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