Five Favorite Post-Run Foods

Do you eat to run or run to eat? My snug jeans are proof that you can’t out-run a bad diet, but running does help me burn off most of my excess calories. Since my favorite race distance is the 10 miler, I don’t have to worry too much about how to fuel my runs, but I have had to figure out how to re-fuel after my races. 

Post-Run Foods
In keeping with this week’s Friday Five theme, I’m sharing my favorite post-run foods. See what others are talking about at the link up hosted by Courtney, Cynthia and Mar.

1. Banana & Bagel. A few years ago my post-race GI issues were so bad I nearly stopped racing. Luckily I figured out how to adjust my pre- and post-race eating to keep my stomach from rebelling before I gave up. I found that one thing that really helps me is to eat that banana and/or that bagel they hand out at the finish line even if I do not want it–which I usually don’t. Somehow those foods seem to help my stomach recover from the hard effort of racing, and then I can get on to the business of post-race indulging. 😉

2. Eggs & Toast. I eat eggs and toast almost every day for breakfast, but my new favorite post-race (or post long-run) variation is the Avocado Toast from Le Pain Quotidien. Maybe it’s the citrus cumin salt that makes this so delicious, but it is worth the ridiculous price ($11!) once in a while. I order a soft-boiled egg on the side, or get it to go and add my own egg at home.

Le Pain Quotidien Avocado Toast

3. Trader Joe’s Wonton Soup. After a race I need to rehydrate and replenish all the salt I’ve sweat out. I’ve found that a broth-based soup is an excellent way to do both that also is easy on my stomach. I recently discovered this soup from Trader Joe’s and it is fantastic.

Trader Joe's Wonton Soup

4. Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownie. When I stop at Starbucks for my post-race coffee, I often treat myself to one of their double chocolate brownies. They are so rich I usually eat 1/2 and save 1/2 for the next day. 

starbucks brownie


5. Fresh Fruit and Bacon. When I am able to squeeze in a long run on a business trip, I hope the breakfast will include fresh fruit and bacon. I’ve been lucky to have gorgeous fruit from conference breakfasts, and if there’s bacon I just can’t resist. 

Fruit and Bacon

What are your favorite foods to eat after a race or long run?

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15 Responses to Five Favorite Post-Run Foods

  1. Love to eat eggs with tons of veggies too for breakfast. My post race splurge would be pizza
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  2. Kimberly G says:

    I love the idea of re-fueling with a brownie!!
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  3. a couple weekends ago, I made a sandwich with scrambled eggs, bacon and kale. It was delicious and really fueled me up after running!
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  4. Darlene says:

    ice cream
    chocolate milk

    that’s it!!
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  5. I am terrible at fueling Before and after runs. I usually crave food that I shouldn’t have after a race or run. I always think a long run or race is an excuse to have a cupcake even though I know it’s SO wrong.

  6. post run I love Kodiak Cake waffles. I always add some kind of fruit to the mix, generally blueberries and maybe strawberries on the side. Mmmm… love bacon!
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  7. Those are some healthy choices! If I can go to breakfast I love the big breakfast with one egg, one bacon and one pancake. Any other time a nice pizza and glass of wine works for me! 🙂
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  8. I love eggs and omelets are a great way for me to refuel after a race. Altho I’ll pretty much eat anything.
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  9. Sonia says:

    Breakfast tacos with eggs, bacon and potato and a green smoothie. 🙂
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  10. One of my favorite post run meals is scrambled egg with some chorizo thrown in for spicy flavor + sweet potato. Hits the spot every time ! Pre-run or pre-race I always have my usually breakfast of protein pancakes and half a banana. I have never had any stomach issues.
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