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