Thank you once again to everyone who congratulated me on my race this past Sunday. I honestly haven’t stopped smiling since the finish line (well, I grimaced when I realized I hadn’t showered since then either…). If you haven’t read it yet, check out the recap of my First Marathon.
Running, like any form of exercise or daily living requires you to eat. I’m going to be honest, I used to fall prey to the “if the engine is hot enough, anything will burn,” method of eating for the first 4.5 years of my running. I did not pay attention. This marathon training cycle caused me to think a bit more strategically about what I put into the engine. This was especially important to me on the day before and sort of the day of the race.What do you eat the day before a race? See what got me through 26.2! #BuffaloMarathon #RunTheBuff #Vegan Click To Tweet
I ate what had been working for me during training: bananas, nuts, peanut butter, dates and instead of veggies, I had chips to decrease the fiber.
The day after, I didn’t really think much about nutrition after the race, rather I focused on what would go down and what had a lot of calories.
I’ll start with Saturday and then go to race day filling in the blanks where I forgot to take pictures.
On Saturday morning, I ate Microwave Banana Bread topped with peanut butter and an apple. I also had coffee.
For lunch I ate a peanut butter and raspberry jam and banana burrito and had chips with tomato sauce. I added extra salt packets to the tomato sauce. I also had another coffee.
For dinner, I opted out of joining my friends for dinner at a restaurant and at essentially the same as lunch, sub aloud butter for the PB and chocolate peanut butter for the jelly.
After dinner I had a few peanut butter stuffed dates. I also drank water.
Before the race I ate two bananas with peanut butter and a few dates. I also drank water.
During the race I drank Gatorade and water.
After the race, I ate oranges and apples and banana chips in the tent and at the expo.it is hard for me to eat after races, but I got a bit light headed, so I forced in what I could. Usually juicy fruits can go down. Anything else is hard.
My friend and I left the race about three hours after I finished and got lunch at a co-op. I had a hummus wrap, falafel and berries. I also tried buffalo tofu, and it was AMAZING but started to turn my stomach. Another thing about races for me is that my digestive system is even more spice sensitive. I do want to go back to eat that tofu again!
That afternoon I had a splitting headache so I mostly moved from couch to bed grabbing handfuls of things I could stomach. This included apples, dates, chips and banana chips. I also drank both pop and water.
That evening I tried to get some veggies in so I smacked on more chips and some broccoli.
I had bought my first Ben and Jerrys vegan pint of ice cream that afternoon, so I finished the night with that.
Some notes I have and will keep with me for next time: salting my food was and always has been good for me. I need to find foods like juicy fruits more quickly after the race if that is all I can stomach. I also had no coffee that day, so it that may have contributed to the headache. I drink decaf, but it still has some caffiene in it.
Since the race, coffee has also lost its appeal to me. I just don’t want to drink it anymore. Wonder how long this will last…
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