Mardi Gras Training Pt. 4: Recovery

You’re hungover. Your feet hurt. Your body hates you. You don’t know where the last five days have gone. If you are a workaholic, you have serious anxiety and need to get back to the routine. It’s the end of Mardi Gras, and it’s time for recovery.

One more day to go, and it will be time to lay in bed for an entire day with a glass of water and all of your regrets. We’ll give you that day, but after that, it’s time to get yourself into recovery mode. Considering your last week has consisted of cheap alcohol and mini Domino’s pizzas from the street cart, your next week should probably look something like vegetables and a lot of electrolytes.

Because Mardi Gras is essentially a six-day-long party, we can gather that it will take about 3 days for your body to fully recover. Though you might not have a headache or feel physically ill, your body is still trying to bounce back fully from the damage it’s been exposed to, and this will require quite a bit of nursing. So, for your own sake, check out our three day post-Mardi Gras recovery plan.

Day 1: We won’t make you work out. We’re not evil.

It’s Wednesday. You made it to Zulu yesterday, and now you wonder why you did this to yourself. It’s okay, this feeling won’t last forever. If you can manage to pull yourself out of bed, go get yourself some Vitamin C and a glass of water. Your immune system has been broken down over the last week, and it’s important to keep your nutrition levels up and stay hydrated, so you don’t get sick.

You may have a pounding headache that has mounted up inside your brain for the last week, in which case you should keep some Advil by your bed. Don’t overdo it though – too much Advil can be bad for your stomach lining, possibly making you feel worse in the long run.

Day 2: It’s time to get your body moving.

You had your rest day, now it’s time to put on those running shoes and get yourself moving. Have a good, healthy breakfast (scrambled eggs with spinach and onions should be easy enough for your brain to handle right now) and get yourself out the door.

Whether it’s a run, a light jog, or a walk, your body needs to get back into the groove of things. Getting active for 30 minutes to an hour will remind you what it’s like to feel normal, and your body will appreciate it.

Day 3: No drinking. 

By this point, you probably feel like having a couple drinks couldn't do you any harm. Believe us, you'll regret it. Your body needs to fully recover before you put anything else in your system, especially after five or six days of drinking heavily. Stick to water and electrolyte drinks to help yourself bounce back quickly.

So there you have it. You've done Mardi Gras, and now you can make a full recovery. Make sure to eat well, get moving, and stay away from alcohol, and you'll be feeling back to normal in no time. We are so proud, and hope you love it enough to come back and do it all over again next year! See you then!