For me, recovery typically includes coffee (unless it is a race, then beer because...well, it's beer), and some sort of egg thing. My favorite is a fried egg with cheese on an everything bagel and pressed on the panini maker. We call it the "press" around here. As in, "KEN! Make me a freaking press before I miss the window for getting my post-run protein!"
Also - if there is a freezing body of mountain water I will soak in that.
And, then the leg drain. Because it feels good and allows Heidi to spoon my head.
But, probably my most favorite thing to do after a long run or race is put on flip flops. There is something so refreshing about removing those hot, stinky, sweaty shoes and socks and putting on the flops. I think you know what I mean.
Truth be told, the only thing better than your ordinary, boring flip flop is putting on these:
The Ironman Women's Spenco Recovery Sandal.
These are the Mercedes/Lexus/BMW of recovery sandals. They have slight arch support and controls to stop foot odor. The foot bed provides nice, soft, soothing support. They are breathable and lightweight, the opposite of running shoes, which is the point. Just as you wouldn't run in recovery sandals, you shouldn't recover in running shoes.
Since I got these babies I have worn no other shoe after a run. I stick them in my car before driving to the trail head for a long run (like last weekend's 16 miler) and they are waiting for me when I get back, all tired/sore/sweaty. After the impact and stress of running far, these simply make my feet happy.
Here's the order of events:
We runners need to care for our feet - bottom line. This includes wearing shoes that minimize the damage of beating up our feet and support recovery.
What's one post long run or race ritual you have?
Do you wear recovery sandals? Why or why not?
Ironman sent me the product for review, but all opinions are my own