By now you must know that my post-run breakfast is a really big deal to me.
Even though I eat a small breakfast before I head outside, I am always starving after my run so coming home to oatmeal in a jar mixed with berries, Skoop B-Strong and peanut butter makes me really (like, really) happy.
I don’t run the same distance every morning but I do make sure to always eat right after I take a shower. I feel noticeably better when I eat this balanced breakfast within the critical refueling window (30-60 minutes following a workout). If I miss the window, I end up with an insatiable appetite, a headache and stiff muscles.
Since we are all different in terms of what we like to eat and how we handle our workouts and fueling strategies, I thought it would be fun to ask my blogging friends some questions about their routine and post run favorites in order to give us some additional perspective and hopefully, some alternate meal ideas!
Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine
I usually run in the morning, about 20-30 minutes after I wake up. During the week I head out around 5:30am, on the weekends it’s more like 7am. I’ll typically drink a cup of coffee and maybe eat a banana before I head out.
I like post-run meals like this bacon and sweet potato frittata recipe because I can prepare it in advance so that it’s ready to go when I get home.
I love eating eggs after a run because I know I’m getting protein. I also aim to eat at least one serving of veggies in each of my meals. When I eat eggs after I run, I will usually add spinach or some other vegetable. I’ve also been loving sweet potatoes and plantains with my eggs lately.
If I am doing a really long run I usually just add an extra post-run meal. I have a hard time eating a lot after a long run so I will have something small right away and then another meal an hour or two later. If I wait too long after I run to eat then usually feel like I need more food than if I eat right away.
I like adding fruit and almond butter to my meal if I feel like I need a little something extra.
Sarah @ Picky Runner
On weekdays, I’m pretty bad about eating immediately after I run. I leave between 6:45-7am and usually get back around 8:15. I jump in the shower so I can head out the door around 8:35 and be at work by 9am.
I stop at 7-eleven on my walk to work for a hot chocolate, put my stuff down at my desk and beeline to the kitchen to make my bagel with butter.
The weekends are a little different. I don’t always run but I’m usually up and leaving for a bike ride around 8 or 9. By the time I get back, it’s usually closer to 10:30 or 11 so breakfast happens pretty late. I’ll still sometimes have a bagel, but occasionally I’ll have pancakes or french toast instead. Always with 7-eleven hot chocolate.
Michele @ Paleo Running Mama
Since I run early in the morning around 5:30 or 6am I don’t normally eat anything beforehand. If I’m running longer than 12 miles I’ll eat a banana pre run and bring along fuel.
My typical meal is eaten anywhere from 20 minutes up to an hour after a run, just depending on how hungry I feel and what else I need to do!
This is about 3 slices of bacon with half a plantain, sliced and fried in bacon fat, with kale and 2 eggs also cooked in bacon fat. Everything is seasoned with sea salt.
Especially after a longer run, I make sure I get a good amount of fat and protein along with some paleo friendly dense carbs (whole foods, no grains).
My other favorite with breakfast is Japanese sweet potato. Eating a nutrient dense post run meal like this helps replace what I’ve lost during the run and helps me recover. It also prevents raging hunger later in the day, and keeps my digestion calm!
I realize that not everyone runs first thing in the morning which means you may need post run meal ideas that aren’t considered breakfast foods. I am working on that post next!
In the meantime, while still on the topic of breakfast, please check out my pinterest boards. I have been pinning up a storm and recommend the following boards:
What’s your favorite post-run meal?
How soon do you eat after you run?