This is all John King’s fault. He posted a picture of Pliny the Elder on his Facebook wall, saying it was his reward for a long run he had taken.
It got me to thinking about a post I did last year about how craft beer is pretty suitable as a recovery drink. After all, craft beer has protein, potassium, and 5 to 15 percent of the DRI for riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, and vitamin B-6. You could do much worse after a work out.
As a guy who always worked out in the morning, this was never an option for me. Enjoying a brew or two before driving to work wasn’t a responsible thing to do.
But I recently switched up my routine and have started working out after putting the kids to bed. Now I hit the basement for a little P90X, cool off and go to bed. But not before collecting my reward.
You see, John’s little post on Facebook got the wheels turning in my head. I have recently started working out again after taking a few months off, and a delicious craft beer is a wonderful carrot to dangle at the end of a workout. It sits in my mind as a beacon of happiness as I power through Plyo or suffer the agony of the Ab Ripper X. Turns out I’ll work hard for a nice beer!
When I finish my workout, I hit the shower, throw on some PJ’s and grab 12 or 22 ounces of something wonderful and basically drink it for dinner (I can’t eat before I workout or I’ll puke, so I usually have my last solid food at 4pm). I wake up in the morning feeling great and like I’m not suffering one bit as I reverse the damage my months of lounging had inflicted on my body.
Now, I know there are better things to consume after working out, and carb loading before bed isn’t the smartest thing to do if you’re totally anal about your body fat percentage. But I’ve been doing this for about three weeks and so far, so good. I’m happy, motivated, I feel great and and I’m seeing some good results. Another month or two of this and I’ll be back in tip top shape (for me).
I might not continue with my post-workout beer forever, but right now it’s doing wonders to keep me on track and making the whole thing fun. Life is all about balance, and right now my “recovery” beers have my ying and my yang swirling in happy symmetry.
UPDATE: I see that John King also blogged about beer as a post-run recovery drink a couple of weeks ago. Looks like his Facebook post got him thinking about this as well. All I can say is great minds drink alike!