34 Post-Race Recipes and “First Call” Half Marathon Recap

10 Apr

Yesterday, I ran my fourth half marathon! It was a completely gorgeous day – mid-60s and sunny.

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Unfortunately, despite following a solid training plan, my time was rather terrible. My feet started hurting in the 6th mile, my left leg began to hurt in the 10th mile, and I was battling some pretty awful negative inner voices. But, I did it – I finished upright, on my own, and with a smile on my face. My parents and Chris wished me luck at the start, and they brought my grandparents along to see me cross the finish line! Their support has again been incredible ❤

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I DID IT!

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Run Long & Prosper 🙂

 

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Glad my parents could see me start and finish!

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This was the first race that Oma and Opa could come to see me finish – it was so lovely to see them at the end ❤

After a post-race beer and peanut butter bar was devoured, Chris took my friend and I out for lunch at a nearby burger joint (yay for veggie burgers!). We then came home so I could shower and relax.

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BEER

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BEER #2

Cue the unquenchable hunger. 13.1 miles is quite a distance, and it does a number on the body.

Aside from a cold glass of much-deserved beer, and a delightfully refreshing banana, post-race nutrition can be a tough thing to tackle. Do you gorge on all the unhealthy foods you want? Do you keep it conservative and make a simple eggs & potato dish? Do you whip out all the protein powders and healthy ingredients that are in your pantry? For every one of my longer races, we have gone out for brunch/lunch upon crossing the finish line. I usually order whatever egg dish is on the menu because I’m craving salt and protein, and nothing sweet. Yesterday’s burger did have a fried egg on it 🙂

But the rest of the day? Now that’s totally up in the air. Rather than simply grazing through your fridge and pantry (that can end up to be a total stomach ache!), it’s important to have foods ready to eat, or items that your significant other/best friend/parents can make for you as you sit and recover with all the compression gear you own.

Post-race recovery is super important. It helps your muscles get back on track, satisfies your stomach, and aids in a faster turnaround time so you’re not tempted to spend a week away from running – or moving, for that matter. Sure, a few days off the road after a long race is a good idea, but any more than that and you’ll risk losing the desire to run and muscle memory of doing so.

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Of course, fresh produce is always a wise choice. An apple with nut butter makes a great snack, as does a piece of whole grain toast with butter and scrambled eggs. But if you want something more substantial, creative, and delicious, you’ll love this roundup of 34 post-race recipes! There’s everything from no-bake bars, healthy baked goods, bliss balls and smoothies, to savory meals and snacks that will help you recover throughout the day, and even week, following a big race.

Balls, Bars & Baked Goods

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Apple Cornmeal Protein Muffins, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins, from Suzlyfe

Coconut Chocolate Chip Quinoa Bars, from Healthy Helper

Espresso Hemp Protein Bites, from The Fit Cookie

Gluten-free Oat Bites, from The Fit Cookie

No-bake Chocolate Chip Oat Bars, from The Fit Cookie

Peanut Butter Blondie Brownies, from Healthy Helper

Rainbow Bliss Balls, from Casey the College Celiac

Tropical Protein Baked Oatmeal, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake, from Healthy Helper

Zucchini Bread Protein Loaves, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Smoothies & Bowls

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Banana Ice Cream Parfait and Zucchini Bread Ice Cream, from Casey the College Celiac

Blackberry Walnut Protein Smoothie, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Cherry Limeade Recovery Smoothie, from Suzlyfe

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Black Bean Smoothie, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Creamy Blueberry Orange Smoothie, from The Fit Cookie

Honey Roasted Rhubarb Smoothie, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Orange Creamsicle Avocado Protein Smoothie, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Orange Turmeric Smoothie, from Marathons & Motivations

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Strawberries & Cream Breakfast Quinoa, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Sweet & Spicy Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl, from Marathons & Motivations

Trifecta of Smoothies, from Ilka’s Blog

Wild Blueberry Avocado Protein Smoothie, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Savory

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Avocado Egg Salad, from Confessions of a Mother Runner

Chilled Southwestern Sweet Potato Bowl, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Curried Oatmeal with Scrambled Eggs, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Fajita Frittata, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Oil-free Sriracha Roasted Walnuts, from Healthy Helper

Vegan Portuguese Kale & Soy Chorizo Soup, from Suzlyfe

Vegan Pork n’ Bean Mac & Cheese, from Healthy Helper

Vegan Quinoa Black Bean Salad, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

Vegetable & Egg Pita Pizzas, from Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!

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26 Responses to “34 Post-Race Recipes and “First Call” Half Marathon Recap”

  1. SuzLyfe April 10, 2017 at 6:13 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing my recipes! I wish that your race had gone a bit better for you, but you did are a champ and earned that beer!

    • xtinaluvspink April 10, 2017 at 7:45 am #

      Happy to include your tasty recipes! And thanks – just gives me more to work on for the next one!

  2. ACKTIVE LIFE April 10, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    That is quite the round up of recipes! Thanks for sharing all of these and I cannot wait to check them out! What matters is that you finished the race…Time to move onto the next one and I know you will do amazing! Happy training!

    • xtinaluvspink April 10, 2017 at 10:24 am #

      Thanks for the encouragement! Enjoy the recipes 🙂

  3. Abbey April 10, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Congrats!

  4. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables April 10, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    These recipes all look awesome! (YAY for vegetarian recipes, haha) Your race photos are so cute! Love it!

    • xtinaluvspink April 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

      Thanks so much!! Plant-fueled runner all the way 🙂

  5. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner April 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    Congrats on your half race! Great list of veggie meals and thanks for including my avocado egg salad in the mix

  6. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers April 10, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    Wow, what an awesome list of recipes! That honey rhubarb smoothie sounds just delish – I’ve been on the hunt for some new ways to use rhubarb.

    • xtinaluvspink April 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

      I looooove that smoothie! Need to make it more often.

  7. Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food April 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

    Congratulations on finishing the half! It’s on my bucket list for this year: I’ll be stoked to just finish since it’ll be my first. Great ideas on fueling up here! 🙂

  8. ilkasblog April 10, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    Congrats on another Half-Marathon in the books Christina! Good on job on crossing the finishing line, despite the knee pain in Mile 10th! Ouch! So not easy!!
    Thanks for including my smoothies in your Roundup!!

  9. Mikki (@notperfectwife) April 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    Congrats on finishing the race. And all these recipes look amazing!!

  10. chrissystein April 10, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

    Great thing to have handy this list of recipes for after events. It is important to eat healthy afterwards to you’re not completely tapped the next couple days. And congrats!

  11. Kristin KH April 10, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

    Yum! What a great roundup of snacks and meals. Excellent advice. It’s fantastic that you pushed through and had some amazing support, even if the race didn’t go as you hoped. It’s still a pretty awesome accomplishment and that beer was well deserved!

    • xtinaluvspink April 10, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

      Thank you so much! It’s important to remember that success has many forms 🙂

  12. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health April 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    i have seen so many race recaps today..and its tempting me to sign up for one right away.

  13. GiGi Eats Celebrities April 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    Fajita Frittata! Ummmmmmm THAT sounds phenomenal!

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