You did it! You handled those 26.2 NYC marathon miles like a champ! You kept pace, crushed those hills, managed the unseasonably warm temps, and ran with heart through those last 6 miles. Congratulations and high fives all around!
So now what?
We checked in with our in-house Functional Wellness Coach, Nur AlHusayn to find out the best tips (all available in-house at Kollectiv) for recovering from the big race:
First, we need to replenish our electrolytes–magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Try to avoid artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors–or anything that looks like “crayon-colored water.” It’s best to incorporate whole foods with complete mineral sources such as sea moss gel, Himalayan pink salt dissolved in water, and shilajit, or just opt for a Totum sports electrolyte pack for quickness and convenience.
Next is recovery protein. A great option for post-race recovery is the nutrient-dense protein powder, Green Protein Alchemy. This plant-based powerhouse gets its protein from spirulina and chlorella and improves circulation, reduces inflammation, promotes oxygenation of tissues, and helps eliminate the buildup of lactic acid in muscles.
Lastly, you will need those recovery carbohydrates. For this, you will have to venture beyond the doors of Kollectiv but with all the wonderful options in the Lower East Side, you won’t have to venture too far. (And we are always happy to provide recommendations of our favorite local spots.)
Come on by after the big race and take advantage of our Recovery Bundle. This special package, which includes 30 minutes of Infrared Sauna, Compression Boots and Cryobody is perfect for reducing inflammation and muscle aches, improving circulation, and accelerating recovery, so you feel rejuvenated and ready for your next race! Looking for something more quick and simple? Check out the Bemer Mat, with its state-of-the-art pulsed electromagnetic field therapy to enhance blood circulation.