Post-Race Meals

I should have titled this “Post-Race Grazing” because that’s a more accurate description of my how I ate after the half marathon on Sunday. A few different factors came into play:

1) Even though the race started so early, by the time everyone finished and we got back to the hotel it was 11 a.m. and I wanted breakfast. But I also wanted lunch soon after (you’ll see).
2) Immediately driving 4 hours after a race requires food to prevent falling asleep at the wheel.
3) My body was not prepared to run 13.1 miles and, therefore, I was beyond hungry. I think during marathon training my body adjusted to the long runs and the “runger” wasn’t always so intense.

Thanks, Jenn for the link-up!


Immediately after the race I ate a banana and almond butter. I licked that squeeze pack clean.


When we got back to the hotel I had breakfast. 2 bowls of oatmeal with (more) almond butter and berries.


Followed by a bowl of grapes (eaten out of the same dirty oatmeal bowl).


Then, two hours later, I ate everything on this plate (chicken, sweet potatoes, quinoa salad, zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash) except the chicken. I decided to save the chicken as a snack for the drive back to Miami. Yes, I know that’s weird. My mom brought so much delicious food from home and my stomach was very happy.



Not my typical road trip snack


The very necessary kombucha and an un-pictured apple mid-drive.


We drove straight to Whole Foods to hit up the salad bar for dinner. I got a salad with avocado, random vegetables, a sweet potato and watermelon.


I ended out a very long day with some spoonfuls of peanut butter and an apple.


Lots of good food to refuel. But, as I predicted, I was even hungrier the day after the race. No complaints :)

How many servings of fruit do you have per day? What’s your favorite? 

What’s your go-to snack for long car rides?


  1. Liv @ Healthy Liv says

    I’ve been loving having a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter every day, too :) My go-to road trip snacks are apples and popcorn. I love popcorn since you can eat a lot if it when you’re feeling snacky :)
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  2. Emily @ Sweets and Beets says

    Such a good food day… post-race, you’re entitled! :) I can’t believe you drove 4 hours after the race .. I know you’re a seasoned professional and all, but after my half marathon I just wanted to sit on the couch! Haha. I ended up having my parents take me to brunch, then getting iced coffee (and WATERRR!) with a friend. :)

    • says

      Trust me I did NOT want to be in a car for 4 hours after the race. I did have two hours to be lazy before the ride but I wanted more time. YES, I drank so much water on Sunday…not good for a long car ride!

  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says

    My whole foods sucks….they never have sweet potatoes….they really only have the same few things…every time….. :'(
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    • says

      My Whole Foods has the same stuff on repeat too. Occasionally they’ll have a really good quinoa salad or sweet potatoes and I go crazy on those.

  4. Lauren says

    I ALWAYS pack those Justin’s squeeze packs to have with a banana and bagel before a race when I’m travelling!
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