I have carried on with the eating-heaps-of-food-as-recovery, as well as playing copious games of 'Duck, Duck, Goose!' with my students (do you remember that one? Involves lots of running/screaming/trying to catch each other). A friend's recovery advice (and advice for life in general) is to have plenty of the all-important things in life: bacon, sleep, and sex. Wonderful advice to which I fully agree (minus the bacon bit - sorry Peter, not a convert on that yet! I'll stick to coffee instead) - I would happily do the research and scientific testing of this one, then I could publish my findings in Runner's World or some other sporting publication. Reckon it would beat chocolate milk as a recovery aid hands down.
Any other suggestions for recovering quickly after a hard race or workout?