#BuildIt With Chocolate Milk

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK.

Training for the Chicago Marathon hasn’t been easy. I’ve had some major ups and downs and now race day is less than two weeks away. And while logging the miles is a large part of my training, how I recover from the runs is just as important. Taking the time to make sure I’m treating my muscles right is essential. Running long distances takes its toll on muscles and bones. In the same way a car requires gas and regular maintenance, your body needs the right fuel and nutrients to achieve peak performance.

My recovery routine includes stretching and icing, but it also includes a delicious way to refuel my body and rebuild my muscles: lowfat chocolate milk. Yes, I said chocolate milk. It’s not just for the kids. My husband actually turned me onto lowfat chocolate milk as a recovery beverage after he started training for a relay a few years ago and I was hooked.

My love of a post-run lowfat chocolate milk is no secret. Take one look at my post-race or training run Instagram photos and you’ll see when I get home from a run, or when I cross the finish line of a race, I reach for a cold chocolate milk.

Why do I choose to refuel and recover with lowfat chocolate milk? It’s more than just a delicious, convenient, and satisfying drink after a workout, it’s science.

#BuildIt with Chocolate Milk

Lowfat Chocolate milk…
o … is a natural source of high-quality protein to build and repair lean muscle after
strenuous exercise.
o … has the right carb-to-protein ration scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles
and help return muscles to peek potential.
o … provides fluids and electrolytes – like calcium, potassium and magnesium and sodium
– to replenish what was lost in a tough workout.
o … has B vitamins that help convert food into energy.
o … has five bone-building nutrients: calcium, vitamin D, phosphorous, protein and

Chocolate milk not only helps the everyday athlete like myself rebuild and recover, but it’s also the choice of elite athletes everywhere. Chocolate milks is the  Official REFUEL Beverage of Men’s USA Hockey, Women’s USA Swimming, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, IRONMAN U.S. Triathlon Series, Iron Girl, Esprit de She, Life Time Fitness Cycle Club and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Last year, I was captivated by Heinz Ward’s journey from NFL player to IRONMAN. This year, I’m following along as World Champion short-track speedskating legend Apolo Ono trades in his skates for a bike, running shoes, and a wetsuit as he trains for the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona-Kailua, Hawaii next month. Mission Apolo: BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK is an online webseries that follows Apolo and Women’s Health editor Jen Ator through their six-month training and recovery program.


On Sunday, October 12th, Apolo and Jen will conquer Kona and you can follow along using the hashtag #MissionApolo. You can also follow along with Got Chocolate Milk on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I recommend checking out all of the episodes before next month. It’s really inspiring to watch the hard work that goes into IRONMAN training and I can’t wait to see it all pay off on the 12th.

If you want to learn more about how you can be BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK, join me on October 2nd at 8pm EST for the @GotChocoMilk #BuildIt Twitter party.

So now it’s your turn to tell me. Are you BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK? Leave a comment and let me know!

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  • Reply Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 29, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I love when races hand out chocolate milk at the finish line. Hits the spot all the time!

    • Reply ashley September 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Yes! I get disappointed when they forget the chocolate milk. I always stop for some on my way home, though!

  • Reply Linz @ Itz Linz September 29, 2014 at 6:28 am

    i looooove chocolate milk! for refueling, for snacking, for drinking, for breakfast, with oats, in smoothies, etc!!!!

    • Reply ashley September 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

      I need to try it in a smoothie! I haven’t done that one yet. Thanks!

  • Reply MCM Mama September 29, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I love chocolate milk as a recovery drink. I have trouble eating after a hard hot run, so being able to get some protein in quickly through the milk works well for me.

    • Reply ashley September 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Yes! My adrenaline post-race/run makes it hard to want to eat solid food. It took a long time after my first marathon to want to eat, but drinking chocolate milk worked perfectly.

  • Reply Jennifer F September 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I loooooooooooove chocolate milk for recovery . . . and well, for anytime!

    • Reply ashley September 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Right? My kids get jealous that mommy gets more chocolate milk than they do!

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