Re-fueling After Long, Cold Runs

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If you’re anything like me, one of the biggest reasons I sign up for half marathons or do long runs on the weekend is because omgFOOD afterwards. But let’s face it- I often “refuel” with half a Homeslice pizza, an unreasonable amount of peanut butter, or the entire Iron Man 5-Egg Omelet plus fruit and toast at Yolk. There’s probably a better way to build up the muscle and protein I just used than binge-eating whatever’s around, right?

Luckily, my oh-so-considerate dietitian mother passed along an article that I found REALLY helpful- and you guys should check it out too! This post by Gretchen McKay on offers EIGHT- yes, that’s right, eight- post-run recipes that are ideal for those of us who have been training through the winter. Another interesting part of this post? McKay integrates the social aspect of eating with your run club as a reward after you’ve accomplished a long, cold run.

Gathering with your fellow trainees around the kitchen table or in a local coffee shop to refuel after a hard run creates fellowship in a sport that can have separate training regimens for differing skill levels and, when all is said and done, is defined by individual achievement. “And for me, those relationships are everything,” writes Kastor. “Yes, training makes us better athletes, but not also without eating good food that strengthens our bodies and the bonds with those around us.”

You can check out the full post here. I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes! That egg and bean burrito is looking pre-tty good right now…
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About Kristen Geil

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago in 2011 and received her MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul while trying to maintain her southern accent. Kristen grew up playing sports, and since moving to Chicago, she’s fallen in love with the lakefront running path and the lively group fitness scene. Now, as a currently retired marathoner and sweat junkie, you can usually find her trying new workouts around the city and meticulously crafting Instagram-friendly smoothie bowls. Kristen came on to A Sweat Life full-time in 2018 as Editor-in-Chief, and she spends her days managing writers, building content strategy, and fighting for the Oxford comma.

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