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The Best Foods to Eat After a Run to Kickstart Recovery (www.mensjournal.com)

Any running is good running. Whether it’s training for a marathon, taking a light jog, or doing sprints, the health benefits of kicking into higher gear are huge. So how do you best optimize them? Most people have their pre-run regimen down—specifically what they’ll be eating before a run or competition. This is important, of course, but what you eat after a run is equally vital for recovery. The average post-run routine generally goes something like this: stumble through the door, sweat a bit, sit down, head for the shower. What’s missing here is the refueling stage. You need to recoup what you drained.

Depending on your goals—i.e. training for a marathon or just logging more consistent weekly miles—what you eat after a run should aim to…

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