Chocolate Recovery Shake

If you follow @loveandzest on Instagram, you might know that Eric and I are running the Disney Half Marathon this weekend.

2012 is the first year (since we got married) that we did not run a full marathon. I’m really hoping 2013 is a race filled year. I’d like to do a few triathlons and a 26.2.

If I’m being honest, in the past I haven’t “committed” myself to really training for the marathon. Yeah we’ve always done long runs and put in the big long run 20-22 miles before the 26.2, but I didn’t work on tempo and speed work needed to run a strong race.

Running is freeing to me and not rigid. That’s what I’ve always loved about endurance sports. It’s encouraging. Running gives me the space to think and to be me.

In the same thought, I run better when I’m training consistently. I find more freedom in that type of running. I think less about the pain of running and more about the space it creates. Less about the stress of the here and now and more about who I was made to be.

Three years into post-college life, I feel like I’m still learning how adjust training to my “new” work life balance. Long gone are the days of running at 2pm during the week, etc. Funny how we thought those times were ‘tough’. And more and more I’m learning that running (and fitness) is a journey. And it’s an awesome road to travel.

Cheers to a fun running weekend and a great start to our 2013! Happy Running.

Question: What motivates you to run or stay active? How do you stay consistent and committed to training and fitness?

This chocolate recovery shake is one of my go-tos after a run, or whenever I want a healthy chocolate fix :)

Chocolate Shake

1 cup soy milk
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon 100% maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in blender and serve with straw!

Comments

  1. says

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  2. says

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  3. thehungrynurse says

    I'm enjoying this right now! Thank you for the recipe! I love running too, but today my husband and I ventured on a 3-hr, 7-mile hike. It was quite a challenge and after a 22-mile bike ride yesterday, I was NEEDING this!

  4. says

    Yum, this looks really good! I used to drink shakes all the time and really miss them. I will have to look through all your recipes and make sure to start making them again!

  5. says

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