The Hood to Coast Movie is out!
Just watching the trailer for the documentary is an emotional thing for me. I cried a few times while I was doing Hood to Coast. Seeing the trailer brings those emotions back. The happiness, the excitement, the pain, the suffering.
Unfortunately the tickets for the screening sold out fast and I wasn’t able to get any tickets. I would like to see it on the big screen. I hope they release it in a few theatres on more dates.
If any of my readers got tickets or plan to see the movie in other cities, please let me know what you think of it!
Something I want to talk about now is Recovery. One thing I did NOT train for when I was training for Hood to Coast was how to recover. It’s an important part of training: being prepared for the hurt your body will be in.
I thought I did everything right. I didn’t run for 7 days after Hood to Coast. Instead I just swam to stretch my muscles and relax. I sat in the hot tub at the gym. I tried to stretch and just generally take it easy.
I did not fuel my body right for the aftermath of Hood to Coast, either. If you’ve been reading my blog since last summer then this old news but I complained for about 2 weeks after HTC of the insatiable HUNGER I had. I could not eat enough food. Of course I was also trying to watch my calorie intake too. That turned out to be counterproductive because what my body needed to recover was food.
Immediately crossing the finish line of a race you should begin healing with food. Replace fluids, electrolytes, and glucose immediately. I crossed the finish line at Seaside and immediately ate a cheeseburger and diet coke, then an hour later on the drive back to Portland devoured an entire burrito, rice and beans dish. And I was still hungry! When I got home I ate a bowl of cereal. It was like I couldn’t eat ENOUGH food.
Want to improve your recovery after a hard run or ride? Two words:
When you exercise, carbs are the main energy source. When you exercise and the carbs stored in your body are depleted, it puts the body under stress. We must restore those resources as soon as we can. The general rule is 15 minutes-1 hour after exercising is when to eat to restore these nutrients.
Protein helps the muscles to regenerate and repair. After a hard workout, damage is done to the muscles. For example: weight lifting is essentially a tearing of muscle fibers to make new BIGGER fibers. This is a good thing!!
Protein is essential for the muscles to recover. Protein is the fuel to build new muscle fibers.
What to Eat for Recovery:
PROTEIN! Start with lean meats like turkey, ground turkey, chicken without the skin on it. Are you a vegetarian? Get protein from other sources like maybe brown rice, quinoa, beans and eggs.
DAIRY. Try a Greek Yogurt. It’s low in sugar and high in protein. Cottage cheese is also really good.
POTASSIUM: Bananas are a runner’s best friend. Seriously. Potassium helps with muscle cramps. It also helps maintain the right balance of water in your body.
WATER: Drink it like you’re in the desert miles from anything. Gatorade is also good too for helping replenish the lost nutrients.
I remember the week after Hood to Coast I ate a lot of protein. I was craving meat like I was a carnivorous dinosaur.
I wasn’t as famished after the Reach the Beach bike ride. If I ever run another long distance race (half marathon perhaps?) I would do the “after care” differently. I would ignore the calorie counting and eat whatever my body wanted to heal faster.
QUESTION: If you’re a runner who has done some races, how do you recover from the race? What do you eat to replenish your body?
Kristina @ spabettie
after races I always had a banana… and some kind of gatorade + protein drink too…
that sucks you didn’t get tickets – it was a good movie.
You saw it already? Well glad to hear it was good! I’m hoping they release it on more days here in Portland. It would make sense to.
Kristina @ spabettie
HA!! my “smart” phone autocorrected, I obviously will be seeing the movie tonight!! 🙂 (unless I’m just predicting a good movie)
anyway, just wanted to let you know – the movie isn’t sold out, my friend bought tickets about an hour ago so she can come with us tonight :
Yeah they had the expensive tickets left when I checked last week. I’m just not gonna pay $50+ to see a documentary. 😉 I’d rather pay that for a concert. But thanks for the info!
I’m going to have to bookmarkt his post or print it out. Excellent advice and I’ll use it as I plan to do my first half this year.
I am going to try to find that movie now. Thanks for bringing it to my (our) attention.
Good luck on your first Half!
The movie is a documentary out today only in selected theatres. My hope is that they release it in theatres for more than one day soon…
This is great, as I’m gearing up to do my first marathon. I’ve run high milage weeks(around 50 miles), but never more than 16 miles at once. Since I can’t eat gluten, most convenient grains aren’t an option so I choose fruit smoothies and fatty nuts right after workouts.
Hey Evan, that’s awesome! When is your first marathon?
The most miles I’ve ever done at one time was about 8. I was going to go into training for 13.1 but then the injury happened. I wondered how people allergic to wheat and gluten carb load…
Just saw the movie in Houston. WOW! You ran that? I loved the movie and it made me want to do something I never thought I would ever want to do. Thanks so much for mentioning it on your blog.
Glad you liked the movie! Yep! I ran it! Check out my “Best of” page for the recaps.
and I couldnt get a sitter last night 🙂
I saw the movie at Lloyd Center last night and thought it was great! I wish HTC was next week and not in August, it energized me that much. I thought they did a great job capturing all aspects of the event. I’ve run 7 HTCs and will run my 8th in August; it is a wonderful event. It isn’t just about running, it is so much more.
I encourage everyone to do a relay one time in their running careers; you won’t regret it.
Lisa, I hope that you will consider another relay in the future.
Hey Kathy, I think my sights are set on a Half marathon but I’d do a shorter, smaller relay race in the future perhaps.