This week's topic: Post race food!
In a flashback to high school English class, I will start by sharing a quote:
"The human being is a bag into which to put food." - George Orwell
This sums up my philosophy on eating in general.
When it comes to post-race food, however, things are a little different for me. My standard go-to foods post race are pretty bland: a banana, water, maybe some sports drink, and any kind of sports bar. This is because I frequently don't have much of an appetite after a tough race.
That aside, here are some of the less-standard offerings that I've enjoyed when I DID have the appetite:
- Rock N Roll Chicago gave out fruit smoothies and chocolate milk.
- Esprit de She had coconut water.
- ZOOMA Chicago gave out sandwiches
- RunDisney has little food boxes with hummus, crackers, cheese, and other little food samples.
- The Chicago Spring Half Marathon had a full breakfast spread with eggs, pancakes, potatoes, etc.
- The Illinois Half Marathon, 13.1 Chicago, and PAWS Run For Their Lives all had pizza!!! I am an equal opportunity pizza eater; however, 13.1 Chicago gets an even bigger thumbs up from me for having Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza.
|Deep dish pizza... say no more!|
Offerings that looked good but that I did not partake in:
- The Wisconsin Half Marathon serves brats
- The F^3 Half Marathon gave out hot chocolate
Comparatively, here are the typical post-race offerings that I always forgo:
- Cookies, bagels, or any kind of baked goods
- Granola bars
- Beer or wine (yes, I hear your collective gasps of horror. I acknowledge that I am an alien and a lucifer. I've been kicked out of the runner's union about a zillion times because of this.)
Moving on now from the foods immediately post-race to an hour or two afterwards. When it comes to my first MEAL after a race, my appetite is usually back with a vengeance and I usually crave something savory. Here are my favorite post-race meals:
- Veggie omelette with cheese, plus some type of carb (e.g. pancakes, toast, potatoes).
- A turkey burger or a chicken burger.
It probably goes without saying that deep dish pizza used to be on the list (I wrote a whole post about it here). However, for caloric purposes, I am trying to cut back on how much deep dish I consume. (Here is my second acknowledgement of the day regarding my alien-ness and lucifer-nous.)
Going back to the topic of burgers. I've seen several instances where burgers were named after certain people. Here are some examples. Totally random, but I started thinking what I would want my namesake burger to be if given the opportunity to create one.
Ooooh, the plot thickens!
After giving this way too much thought, here is what I came up with:
Turkey burger on a whole-wheat bun with sauteed spinach and mushrooms, avocado, roasted red peppers, and provolone. Served with a side of fruit and a pickle.
YOUR TURN! Tell me what your namesake burger design would be!?!?!?
It pains me not to partake of the Lou's deep dish at the 13.1 finish. Alas, like you, I just can't stomach it after racing. Any other time though, watch out. For burgers I go classic: beef, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickle. If I'm splurging I'll add a pretzel bun and fried onion strings.ReplyDelete
Completely agree! Last summer, I paced a friend at 13.1 Chicago for her first-ever half - so I actually finished feeling normal instead of nauseous! And boy, did I ever take down that deep dish that day. =) Ooooh, fried onion strings on a burger, YUMMMMM....Delete
Hmm... the Natalie Cobb - a 70/30 burger (70% ground chicken, 30% ground bacon) topped with corn and avocado relish, blue cheese sauce, red onion, tomato and lettuce. It's a cob salad on a bun!! ... ???ReplyDelete
I'm with you on post race beer. It never appeals to me after a hard run, so I usually end up giving my coupon away to some enthusiastic runner.
BTW, I LOVED the Chicago Half's post race pizza! You should have substituted the above pizza photo for my post race thumbs up photo. http://shinianen.blogspot.com/2013/09/chicago-half-marathon-2013-best-pizza.html
(I mean, you are in the background of that photo after all ;-) )Delete
LOVE LOVE LOVE the Cobb/cob salad play!!! Very, very clever! And I'm with you on corn and avocado relish - those are huge winners in my book, too.Delete
Cheers to us runners who don't drink the post-race beer! It does make us very popular when we give away our drink tickets, though, heh heh heh.
I actually forgot about the post race pizza at the Chicago Half Marathon! That was one race where I didn't have much of an appetite afterwards. And never fear, now that I have your express permission to use your pizza photo, I will use it in a future post. =D Still loving how we were randomly in each others' pictures before we got to meet! (BTW I still remember the one woman at that race who didn't get to the portapotty in time... shudder!!!)
Ugh, the 6 mile pooper. HAHAHAHA!Delete
Can you imagine running another 7 miles after having gone through that? This might be TMI, but wouldn't that cause severe chafage, too!?!?!?Delete
I like this topic! :) Food is always worth talking about. My favorite thing to eat post-race is a burrito/taco bowl and chips. Tex-Mex for the win!ReplyDelete
And your namesake burger sounds deelish! Swap out that patty for a veggie burger and count me in!
Thanks Amy!!! Oooooh, a burrito bowl... yummy!!! I know you have a MUCH bigger selection of good burrito bowl options in Texas than we have in Chicago, too. Otherwise I would totally dig those, too!Delete
Oh yeah, I do love me some spicy black bean burgers, too!!! YUMMMMMMMMMM