Marathon day eats and drool-worthy recipes

Thanks again for all the support on the marathon, friends!

I’m feeling decent now.  After hobbling my way through Sunday, I was happy to walk around the grocery store on Monday without giving myself away as a limping, recovering marathon runner. And yesterday I was walking at my usual clip and taught spin last night.

I was expecting a little soreness.  What I was not expecting was my insatiable appetite! Even after a full day of good food and treats on Sunday, my stomach woke me up at 4am demanding food, and I could not get back to sleep. I was too stiff to go find food, but my husband grabbed me a banana to hold me over until morning.

It reminded me of the first few weeks of breast-feeding, when I’d wake up starving in the middle of the night and I’d down some trail mix by the side of my bed.

Clearly, my body is working hard at repair and recovery.  So, for What I ate Wednesday, I thought it would be fun to share my marathon day eats.

4:40am– Two mini whole wheat bagels with sunbutter, and a banana; full glass of water

Post race: I immediately ate my date balls (stomach didn’t want them in the race). Although I felt strong until the end, I could tell I needed to refuel immediately.

Rather than wait in the long line for the hot food, I grabbed another banana and these chocolate grahams, and downed a water bottle on my way to the meet up area to find J and L.

After getting home and showered, I didn’t have a big appetite, but asked J to make me eggs to start with, over a sweet potato. Two hours later, I was hungry again and had plain yogurt with granola and trail mix.

About two hours later, I was starving and ready to fulfill my strange burger craving.  There’s a fun, family friendly place near us that has grass-fed beef burgers and sweet potato fries, so that’s where we headed. I added a spinach salad on the side- greens were also sounding good.

It just so happens that this place also has delicious milk shakes… I can’t tell you the last time I had a milk shake, or even wanted one.  Cookies and Cream was amazing… L agreed.

I don’t know how this is possible, but as we settled L into bed and had a quiet evening to ourselves, my stomach growled again.  A  big bowl of popcorn and an orange did the trick.

At least, until 4am when I needed that banana.  Sheesh! I don’t remember being this hungry after my first.

But I do know that proper recovery depends on a steady flow of calories and nutrients, so I am going to keep giving my body what it needs.

On Monday and Tuesday, I tried to eat larger amounts of clean food, and fueled with lots of eggs, vegetables, fruit, salmon, turkey, yogurt, and have been making daily smoothies with Silk almond milk, greens, blueberries, acai berries, cinnamon, flax, chia, grass powder, maca powder and any other “superfood” I could find!


I use Silk almond milk almost daily in oatmeal, smoothies or as a dairy substitute.  But apparently I need to branch out.

I’ve been been drooling over some awesome recipes that a few of my friends and fellow bloggers have created using Silk almond milk.  Check out these delicious combos…

The creative recipes range from Vanilla Walnut Overnight Oats to Vegan Veggie Gratin. You can find these and more via the Silk Facebook page.

These ladies are seriously talented recipe developers! Off to make that Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Coconut Almond Latte for this chilly Texas morning…

Talk to me about marathon hunger.  And, if you are an almond milk fan, how do you use it?

Fitfluential, LLC compensated me for this campaign.  All opinions are my own.

68 thoughts on “Marathon day eats and drool-worthy recipes

  1. This is hysterical! I love sharing with non-runners what I eat the day after a long run (20 miles+). Usually, though, my sleep is not interrupted by hunger, except once. After Ragnar TN in November, all 5 runners in my hotel room woke up at 5am completely starving. 🙂
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  2. I get serious marathon hunger also! It usually lasts about two days for me. I just give in, figuring our bodies are telling us something, right? And my post-marathon tradition with friends is always a beer and a burger. Perfect!
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  3. You are so right about recovery and giving your body what it needs. I remember being insanely hungry after my marathon. It wasn’t so much the day of but nearly the entire week that followed. I felt like my cousin who played high school football at the time.

    Thanks for sharing the info on the Silk recipes. I use it in oatmeal, occasionally in coffee and baking but haven’t done too much with it.

    Hope your recovery continues to go well!
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  4. Mmmm … I always have some Silk in my fridge too. I wish they would just get the sugar content down on their Chocolate Almond Silk. I sometimes at a bit into my post run regular milk now, as a halfsie. Half the sugar and half the dairy milk (I don’t have lactose issues). I’ve added a banana now to each post run recovery recommended by one of my good running buddies. Sounds like you did a really good job eating fairly clean and well. I have the feeling I’ll be sending hubby out for a giant pizza after my marathon, hee hee
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  5. I wake up and have to eat at least 3 times a week no matter what I’ve been doing- and I don’t have kids! It’s just something I’ve lived with for years, even before I got back into running. I told my husband our dream house would have a teeny fridge in the bedroom just big enough for string cheese and some milk.
    Any time I do a run over 10 miles, I pretty much plan a 4 am meal in advance.
    After our first marathon, we chowed down at a Middle Eastern restaurant with my husband’s boss, and the 3 of us put away a party-sized plater of hummus, tahini, and other dips- and went through 4 baskets of pita bread. Plus our entrees. The next morning, my husband and I stopped halfway through our drive home to eat and both put away what the restaurant called the Farmer’s breakfast- 3 eggs, 3 pieces of bacon, 3 sausage patties hashbrowns, grits, and toast, washed down with “the biggest glass of milk you have.” The waitress was shocked when she came to check on us and found both plates cleaned! My friends call me food’s black hole because I eat so much and stay pretty much the same size.
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  6. I love that you made it a point to find healthy options to refuel vs. stuffing your face with whatever is available. I often crave burgers as well after a long race, preferably with bacon…
    I never would have thought to have an egg over a sweet potato, may have to try that.
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  7. That is the one thing I remember about Houston- the awesome hot food at the finish line. I couldn’t believe the assortment of goodies that they had. I think my hubby was jealous that he didn’t run! You ate way healthier than I do following a marathon. There is no yogurt or spinach salads for me. 🙂
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  8. I bet your hungry after 26.2 miles! I’ve only done halfs and I’m hungrier than normal after those so I can only imagine how hungry I’d be after a full! I love chocolate covered cherry smoothies! Makes me want to buy frozen cherries today!
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  9. Congrats again on the Marathon! And I think the best thing to do is always listen to your body cues with hunger after a ton of activity; I try to do the same, keep it clean but fuel up as needed.

    I totally crave burgers after long runs! I am so looking forward to some good eats after the marathon myself.
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  10. I am exactly the same way post-marathon….and honestly, because I love to eat, that’s one of my favorite parts of marathoning. You’re making me eager for April! (Oh, and no way I’m as healthy as you are in my choices. :^) )
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  11. I’m still a little sore walking down stairs (and getting on and off the loo!) Monday was ridiculous, I was that person in HEB hobbling round like I was crippled!
    I haven’t been that hungry, well no more than usual. I bought all this food that I really wanted to want to eat but just don’t fancy much yet? Weird.
    Thanks for more recipes!

  12. My hunger usually doesn’t hit until 24-48 hours later, and then it really hits! You should try ultra hunger 🙂 It’s like pregnancy or nursing hunger. You feel like no amount of food will ever fill you up. Enjoy though…it one of the few times to enjoy guilt free treats.
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  13. I can totally relate to waking up hungry right now – nothing like having a hungry one month old to keep me eating!

  14. First of all, congrats on the marathon! Job well done. You are smart to listen to your body’s need to refuel and repair.

    I love Silk Almond Milk. As a vegan, it has become my dairy replacement of choice and I use it in everything from cereal to “cheese” sauce. I will have to check out those recipes. Always looking for something new!
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  15. That burger looks amazing! Usually I have to force myself to eat something right after the race, but I do because I know my body needs it (especially water!). But the next few days, I’m ravenous. But happy to be so!

    I used almond milk in my mashed potatoes for the first time ever (because I’m currently dairy free), and it was perfect. Also, I like just blending almond milk, cocoa powder, frozen banana, and some honey for a snack. Maybe some vanilla too.
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  16. Oh my goodness! I’m so glad you posted this! I thought it was just me! I’m an emotional eater so I thought maybe it was the emotions of the marathon or something, but holy cow I’ve been eating like crazy! Too funny.
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  17. Some days I am starving after long runs and some days I am fine. I just try to listen to my body. Saturday after my half I am rewarding myself though – it is Charleston Restaurant Week so the girls and I are going out to a fancy dinner.
    Hope my legs can walk in heels after my first race in over a year.
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  18. I use Silk unsweetened almond in my daily oatmeal. As for the stiffness, I bet you were stiff, you were booking it! It’s amazing how different a steady fast pace can be on your body! I was sick and didn’t run all week last week and then did a 20 on Saturday and my legs have been a bit sore all weekend. It’s weird how that happens!
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