Suggestions For A Post-Race Cocktail
May 4, 2014

Suggestions For A Post-Race Cocktail, a website for runners and walkers, sends me updates on different races, as well as links to articles for those of us inclined to run or walk. Recently, I received an email with article links from Active that caught my attention. The article that most caught my attention was one that gave advice on what libations to enjoy post-race.

This caught my attention because I have always been one to drink only water or vitamin C water after I exercise for a long run or walk and after a competitive race. Even if it is hours later, I will only drink water. In fact, after a big race, I will drink water for the next 24 hours. To find an article about possible cocktails to drink after a race to help celebrate really caught my interest. I mean, who doesn’t want to take a moment to enjoy the accomplishment of a big race?

So, what did Active suggest for the post-race celebratory cocktail? Well, the article actually identifies several drink options. First of all, getting some protein after a race really is important. Protein helps the body to repair and strengthen muscles that may be both torn and tired. For this, Active suggests a pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which boasts 2.6 grams of protein per a serving. So not only will celebrants get the protein they need to repair, but they can also enjoy one of the West Coast’s finest beers.

Beyond protein, a racer’s body needs help replacing energy. One necessity in doing that is by ingesting carbohydrates, which bring depleted energy stores “back to life.” Sam Adams Boston Lager has 18 grams of carbs, which explains why proposes a pint after a long race. Most beers will have sufficient amounts of carbs, so just take a look at the labels of your favorite brands.

Third, the body needs refreshment. Even races that take place in cold weather will leave the participant in need of refreshing. For that, taking a nice gulp of cold and light drinks helps to cool a racer down. Active provides Kona Big Wave as an option. I am not quite sure what this is, but the name has my interest for sure.

Then there are the other post-race drinks that add nutrients. For instance, drinking a Bloody Mary gives antioxidants from the lycopene found in the tomato juice. Often, this drink comes with veggies like celery, which contributes more water. Active suggests adding a slice of bacon to get more protein. Another example is a mimosa. The orange juice and champagne concoction provides the following: antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin C, and calcium. Oh, and they are d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.

Finally, states that an adult chocolate milk (you know, the kind with a little bit of liquor in it) provides whey protein, calcium, and vitamin D, all of which the body needs to help it recover.

Of course, the key is not to overdo it. Naturally, after a long run – whether for exercise or race – the body has much from which it needs to recover, so one should indulge in one cocktail, not six. A little nip of one’s favorite beer, wine, or liquor just might provide nutrients, vitamins, and minerals the body needs. It can also help to relax the racer so that she can find a good night’s rest. So the next time you race, take time afterwards to enjoy yourself with one of these options.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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