Somewhere in all of that race recapping yesterday, I mentioned that I felt as though I ate really well when it came to fueling my muscles properly in order to prepare, run, recover and then prepare to run again.
When I say I ate really well, I mean that the foods I was consuming made me feel good. They digested really well, didn’t leave me hungry, gave me energy and didn’t cause me any intestinal distress.
On Friday I showed you my favorite running/race food staples that I was packing up to take along with me to Bethlehem, PA.
Destination races can get tricky because you want to make sure you eat what you are used to and needing to do that means coming a bit prepared.
The best part about everything I brought along with me is that I really ate it all!
- Cooked oatmeal
- Extra make-your-own oatmeal raisin oatmeal packets
- Ezekiel Bread
- A jar of Crunch Time Peanut Butter
- Jelly Beans
- Justin’s Peanut Butter Packets
- Chobani 100 Strawberry and Blueberry Greek Yogurt
- Mixed cereal container with raisins
- Sweet Potato Wedges
- Extra Watermelon Gum – because, well, sometimes you need a piece or two or three
I love sweet potato wedges hot or cold and figured they would make a perfect running snack at any time of the day or night.
I put them in a cooler along with the yogurts and cooked oatmeal for the car ride.
I left Friday afternoon and prepared myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread to eat on the road.
I ate the halves of the sandwich probably an hour apart.
I wasn’t even all that hungry to tell you the truth which I don’t say often but I knew I had to eat.
I stopped for Starbucks when I was probably thirty miles outside of Bethlehem which was a nice pick-me-up even though I was trying for the whole more water less coffee thing. Oops.
By the time I arrived at the hotel, checked in and found my way in and out of the expo to grab my number, it was time for dinner which ended up being at Panera Bread.
As you may know, I don’t care for soup. Not that it’s bad, I just never crave it or want it.
Tomato soup though, is sometimes the exception.
I went with a long time fave, the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bread with a side of the tomato soup as my pre 5k/10k dinner.
Oh and a pickle.
I ordered the soup not just because I think I was in the mood for a bowl but because the extra sodium sounded like a good idea to help me retain some water in order to keep me a little more hydrated.
Sodium helps regulate the body’s fluid levels. Click here for a good article from Runner’s World on the subject.
Pre 5k/10k Breakfast:
My usual oatmeal mixed with banana and peanut butter.
And of course, coffee.
And lots of water too, from the minute I woke up.
In my pockets went:
And like I showed you yesterday, in between the 5k and 10k was a banana with the peanut butter I carried in my pocket.
When I got back to my hotel room after the 10k, I was starving as usual which is exactly why I knew to bring my usual post run favorite meal.
It’s not all that appealing to the eyes but trust me, it was delicious.
Basically, it was overnight-ish oats:
I heated up one of my make-your-own oatmeal packets with water and then let it sit in the fridge during the races. When I got back, I added a container of the Chobani Blueberry Greek yogurt, some skim milk, more raisins, apple slices and a ton of peanut butter.
I normally eat plain greek yogurt but since I would not have my usual fruit supply with me to flavor the mix, I bought the flavored yogurt varieties for this trip.
I am really not good at heading out to eat after a race. I am usually too sweaty and cranky to wait for a table or rely on what might be on a menu. I like to shower, eat what I am used to and put my feet up.
I drank a few servings of a smoothie-juice-thing from the Vitamix booth at the expo that afternoon which somehow became a meal because I wasn’t even hungry again until an early dinner.
I really liked how I felt from eating the soup and sandwich combo as a pre-race meal so I went the same safe route for dinner Saturday night, only having it this time from Cosi, which was located in the Saucon Valley Promenade Shops because yeah, I fit in some shopping when I wasn’t running.
I think it was a warm veggie sandwich on their whole grain bread with hummus instead of some feta spread, toasted up all nice with a cup of the tomato soup with extra bread and a little bag of carrots.
So this is interesting:
I took this picture with the intention of showing you what I ate from the candy store. But I didn’t get anything.
I know, right?! I went in thinking I would go for a piece of fudge or some fun chocolate-covered pretzels but nothing was truly appealing to me.
I just wasn’t in the mood. Instead I went back to the hotel and had this as my nighttime snack:
A cup full of banana slices, sweet potato wedges and lots of peanut butter.
Don’t knock it till you try it. I am craving it just typing up this post.
Pre-Half Marathon Breakfast:
Getting repetitive, aren’t I?
I will spare you another photo of coffee but I never go without a cup (or two) before a race.
I had half of a banana with water right after I finished the half just to hold me off until getting back to the hotel.
More overnight-ish oats with Strawberry Greek Yogurt, raisins, apples and peanut butter and a side of race medals.
I made myself another pb & j for the car and stopped for coffee before hitting the road.
During my ride home which went fast until reaching the GW Bridge (shocker), I ate my sandwich, an apple and the few sweet potato wedges that were left in my bag.
When I got home, I found myself craving another bowl of tomato soup before going out for dinner which I recapped in Monday’s post.
Good thing I had some in the house. I should now try the regular version which contains more sodium for my next race!
Looking back, I eat real boring and repetitive but it really worked for me and I loved every bite.
Be sure to check out what everyone else has been eating this week!
Do you bring certain foods with you for destination races?
Are you starving when you finish running or does it take time for your appetite to kick in?
Are you a soup lover?