How to prepare your body for before and after with The IV Bar

Sishay’ Ibuya! The Comrades Marathon has returned for the 96th time on Thursday, 8 June 2023. This week leading up to the race and the recovery afterwards is crucial. You have put in the training and energy – now it’s time to shine! The IV Bar wants to ensure you have high energy levels, endurance, and can soothe any muscle inflammation during recovery.

Pre-race nerves are entirely normal, so to help you, we have expert tips on what to do the week before the Comrades and some body aches treatment for afterwards. We also added some IV drip options at the end of this blog.

Preparing before the Comrades

According to Mark Wolff, a physiology and nutrition expert, you want to do (or not do) these things leading up to the Comrades:

  1. Hydrate: Athletes should ideally be consuming about 30 to 40ml water per kilogram of body weight daily.
  2. Keep your immune system strong: Think healthy, nutritious food with minerals and vitamins.
  3. Avoid alcohol, sugar, and stimulants: Alcohol dehydrates you, and sugar or caffeine are unnatural stimulants.
  4. Rest: Proper rest and sleep will keep your immune system strong.

Recovering after the Comrades

Here are some top recovery tips from previous runners:

  1. Keep moving: The experts say one of the worst things you can do is stay completely still.
  2. Fill up: Within 30 minutes of finishing, get some carbs and protein in your body and have a real meal two hours later (think peanut butter sandwiches, tuna, and chocolate milk)
  3. Refuel and rehydrate: Focus on restoring your fluid balance by drinking lots of water and getting an IV drip.
  4. Muscle relaxer: Whether it’s ice baths or neck stiffness remedies, help your muscles relax.

An IV drip for energy and body aches treatment

Whether you drip before your big race or after (or both), the IV Bar is here to help. We can recommend the following drips for all Comrades runners before and after the race:

  • The Sports Endurance & Recovery Drip (Vitamin B12, Vitamin B Co, Magnesium and Glutathione) for increased muscle efficiency and endurance, reduced cramping, and rehydration. It’s also excellent for muscle inflammation.
  • Instead of unhealthy stimulants, try our Energy Boost Drip for better athletic performance and higher energy levels, and
  • Add our Glutamine Drip for higher growth hormone levels, more energy, and reduced muscle breakdown.

Our drips are safe and medically approved to deliver essential nutrients directly into your bloodstream. Get your muscle relaxer or inflammation treatments at the IV Bar today – contact us or book online!

Our drips are administered by experienced Registered Nurses.

The IV Bar complies with WADA regulations for professional athletes.