7 Summer Running Recovery Essentials

Summer will be officially underway next week which means lots of sun, fun and of course, running! All the time that will be spent pounding the pavement under the skies of summer means that recovery is incredibly important. 

Check out these picks that will help you to soothe sore muscles, repair damaged skin, refresh tired legs and help you refuel all while staying fashionably fit! 

7 Summer Running Recovery Essentials. Soothe sore muscles with @vntherapy epsom salt, mineral soak and body wash. Repair wrinkled and sun damaged skin with Vichy serum. Refresh your legs with Tree Hut Shave Prep. Refuel with anti-inflammatory sweet potato recovery fries made with turmeric and cinnamon. Dress to impress while you run and recover with 2Xist apparel! Learn more and get exclusive discounts at TheFitFoodieMama.com

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Village Naturals Therapy

Village Naturals Therapy for Runners @vntherapy

Long hot runs are sure to result in achy sore legs and muscles.  Go beyond just your basic cool down and stretch session with these Village Naturals bath and body products that are sure to soothe the pain away. 

Foaming Bath Soak with Epsom Salt

Go beyond just your bland and boring epsom salt bath with Village Naturals foaming bath soak.  It’s blended with powerful essential oils like Eucalyptus, Spearmint as well as Menthol for a cooling sensation and epsom salts to help soothe sore, tired muscles.  

Mineral Bath Soak

Their Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak helps to relieve sore legs and draw out impurities from overworked muscles along with Spearmint and Matricaria to ease tension and soften skin.

Foaming Bath Oil & Body Wash

If a post-workout shower is more your style then indulge in Village Natural’s Foaming Bath Oil & Body Wash.  The eucalyptus, spearmint and cooling menthol help to relieve stress and keep you refreshed after a run! 

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Tree Hut Shave Prep Body Scrub

Tree Hut Shave Prep Body Scrub

While you’re relieving all the soreness in a bath soak or shower, why not pay some extra attention to those legs. With all the time spent hiding under running tights and leggings, it’s easy to neglect managing the leg stubble.  

This Shave Prep Body Scrub by Tree Hut makes it easy to get rid of a week’s worth of fuzz.  Not only does it exfoliate all the dead skin and relieve irritation but since it’s made with avocado oil, it also moisturizes too!  It is also designed to lift the hair so you can get a closer shave without ingrown hairs or nasty red bumps.  

I don’t know about you but smooth legs always make me feel just that much better and more refreshed after a long, sweaty run! 

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Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme

Vichy anti-wrinkle serum

Spending so much time running under the intense summer sun can take a real toll on your skin, especially your face.  While we do what we can to prevent it, the sun will inevitably do damage to your skin leaving wrinkles and spots behind.  

Fight the signs of aging with Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme which helps to plump and hydrate skin to reduce wrinkles and leave skin looking luminous.  The serum is lightweight, fast absorbing and Paraben-free plus it’s safe for sensitive skin.  As someone who has SUPER sensitive skin, I have to say that I am impressed with not only the results but also the fact that I can use it without breaking out in a rash! 

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2(X)ist Tank Top & Leggings

2(X)ist Apparel

Whether you’re running or recovering looking cute is always a must, right? 

Well, 2(X)ist makes apparel that you can both lounge in post run and sweat in while you perform. 

Their Square-Cut Tank is an everyday essential that is great for layering under a long sleeve or hoody.  It’s also super comfy to throw on after your soothing bath or shower while you refuel and #eatallthethings.

And the leggings, well they’re fab for athleisure! Since they are made of 100% moisture wicking fabric and designed with contrast compression, you can wear them on the run or while you recover! Plus they have hidden zip pockets for keys and cards- WIN! 

Aside from being functional, the leggings are also quite fashionable too.  They’re designed with power mesh inserts that contour the calves and contrast piping that elongates the legs.  

Vita Coco Coconut Oil

vita coco coconut oil

Last but not least let’s talk about FOOD!!! One of the most important and exciting things about recovery is all the yummy food you get to eat.  While it’s easy to reach for pizza and ice cream, what we refuel can make or break our training.  

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Choosing foods that help to fuel your hard worked muscles and aid in the recovery process is key.  Coconut oil, for example, can help to nourish our bodies and aid in muscular growth since it helps secrete insulin, which pumps nutrients into the muscles.  Plus it is pretty easy to digest and helps to boost your immune system since it has both antiviral and antibacterial properties.

So how do you incorporate into your post-run diet you ask? Well, there are many ways.  Throw a tablespoon in your smoothie or blend it with your coffee for a boost! You could also make these seriously amazing Spiced Sweet Potato Recovery Fries too!  

These sweet potato recovery fries are made with turmeric and cinnamon which have anti-inflammatory properties to help you refuel and recover quicker. The sweet potatoes themselves also offer amazing benefits since they are a great source of complex carbohydrate, beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C as well as dietary fiber. Grab the recipe for these sweet potato fries along with other recipes to fuel with on TheFitFoodieMama.com

I know what you’re thinking.  FRIES for RECOVERY.  Yes.  The answer is yes.  And I will tell you why. 

These fries are made with turmeric and cinnamon which have anti-inflammatory properties to help you refuel and recover quicker. The sweet potatoes themselves also offer amazing benefits since they are a great source of complex carbohydrate, beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C as well as dietary fiber.

Mix it together with some nourishing coconut oil and you’ve got yourself one amazing post-workout treat. 

Anti-Inflammatory Spiced Sweet Potato Recovery Fries



  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 TB coconut oil, melted 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder 
  • sea salt to taste



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut sweet potato lengthwise into strips. 
  • In a large bowl, pour melted coconut oil then season with spices and salt evenly covering the sweet potato pieces. 
  • Arrange evenly on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 10 minutes then flip pieces and bake for another 10 mins. 
  • Remove, let cool & enjoy! :)

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This post is also linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday and Fitful Focus for Fit & Fashionable Friday.


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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