Living and training in South Carolina means you train in the heat and humidity for 4-5 months per year. I wasn’t always a runner, and I try not to let it bother me when non-runners talk about the “nice spring days” being great workout weather. Spring temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s might be great for grilling out, relaxing on your front porch with a glass of sweet tea, or even a game of pick-up basketball, but it’s hot for running.
On Sunday morning, I headed to Hampton Park for a 10 miler, running the first 2 miles alone and the last 8 miles with the OnShore Racing run club. When I started running, it was 79 degrees with 79% humidity. It’s not the hottest or most humid weather, but at the beginning of the season, it really wipes you out.
I ran my 10 miler at around an 8:32 pace, a bit slower (and harder) due to the heat, then rushed home to shower, rehydrate, and recover so I could enjoy a Sunday afternoon with Clay at the Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market and BodyFlow.
As a Sweat Pink/Fit Approach community member, I recently received Vega Sport’s Recovery Accelerator, and with the heat lately, I’ve added it to my usual post long run routine.
Since I started consistently training a few years ago, I’ve tried a few recovery beverages. Chocolate milk doesn’t work for me, as I don’t consume a lot of dairy so it irritates my tummy. I typically drink a plant-based protein shake after BodyPump classes or weight workouts, once or twice a week.
The Recovery Accelerator is tropical flavored, and I mix it with water or tart cherry juice and ice, then blend in my Magic Bullet. It tastes a bit like a slushie, only much better nutritionally. It contains a 4:1 blend of carbohydrates and protein, along with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, several B vitamins, sodium, potassium, and the amino acid L-glutamine. I aim to drink it within 20 minutes of my workout.
After drinking the recovery accelerator, I’ve noticed a difference in how I feel later in the day. I’m not sluggish, I don’t need a nap, and I’m more alert, which is especially important for weekday morning workouts, as I need to bring my A-game for technical writing days filled with meetings, conference calls, and product documentation.
The only downside of Vega Sport’s Recovery Accelerator is the price. At $40 a tub, I only use it after speed workouts or long runs, rather than after easy runs or gym days. Summer training is tough, so if you try it, like it, and can fit it into your budget, it’s worth it. I’ve seen single-serving packets of Vega Sport products at Earth Fare and TrySports, so you can try the flavors before committing to an entire tub or canister.
While sports nutrition products aren’t necessary for everyone’s workouts or goals, I think they can be helpful if you’re training hard for a goal race and definitely worth trying, especially if you don’t always feel like solid food immediately after a workout.
Of course, supplements are just that- they *supplement* your diet, not make up for a poor diet. Vega Sport recommends eating a meal about an hour after consuming the Recovery Accelerator, which gives me time to shower and get ready to go to lunch with Clay (we go on a weekly lunch date after Saturday morning races).
If you’re interested in Vega Sport’s products, check out their Fuel Your Better campaign. The Fuel Your Better campaign recommends Vega Sport products to help with stamina, overtraining, muscle soreness, hitting the wall, and much more.
I did not receive any compensation for publishing this post, however I did receive the product to review, as I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador.