I’m still riding my runner’s high after PR-ing in the RW Half Marathon. How did I have enough energy to run a 5K and 10K then PR in a half marathon the following day? Part of the reason is merely the sheer adrenaline of being surrounded by elite runners, but another part is the atmosphere of Runner’s World in general. Additionally, I had to fuel myself properly in order to go-go-go.
- Breakfast: Friday morning, we went on a 4-mile run with Bart Yasso, then headed back to the expo for breakfast. There was a nice bagel, fruit, and coffee spread.
- Lunch: After meeting Shalane Flanagan, we headed back to our hotel and were provided a sandwich, salad, and pasta lunch.
- Dinner: The majority of the Ambassadors went to Bethlehem BrewWorks for dinner. I ordered the Mayfair pasta with asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, and a balsamic reduction.
- Breakfast: Before the 5K and 10K, I made my own breakfast in the hotel. I had brought oats from home, and added banana slices, peanut butter, and honey.
- Lunch: A group of us headed to Panera to pick up lunch. I opted for a turkey sandwich on whole grain with lettuce, tomato, and cranberry sauce. Yum!
- Dinner: We were treated to the Runner’s World Pre-Race dinner which was salad and pasta. I was hesitant to get the creamy pasta as I didn’t know how it would sit before the big race, but I ended up being just fine. And I’m glad because it was cheesy deliciousness!
- Breakfast: Same as Saturday – oats from home with peanut butter, banana, and honey.
- Post-Race Snack: Crunchy peanut butter Clif Bar that I scored at the finish line.
- Lunch: Subway at the airport – grilled chicken sub with a bag of Mediterranean Snacks parmesan garlic baked lentil chips. I picked up the sample at the expo and tried a couple of the other flavors – all very tasty!
- Dinner: This happened at the next (Charlotte) airport with Katie. We’d never seen sushi in an airport before, so we gave it a go. I had the spicy tuna roll and I was very impressed with how fresh it was!
- Dessert: Pinkberry in an airport? Yes, please! You can tell from the picture how happy it made me. I had half peanut butter and half chocolate hazelnut. Chocolate hazelnut was the star as it tasted like nutella froyo. Amazing!
- I made sure to drink a REBOOTizer pouch everyday. It helped with traveling and recovery of racing. I ran a half marathon (and traveled to the other side of the country) the weekend before, and I literally had no soreness or lethargy. After traveling to PA and running three races, I felt just as good. REBOOTizer does wonders! (Read more about it here.)
What are your pre and post race eats? Mine clearly involves PASTA!