Wiaw race fuel + Carrot-beet salad

Happy Wednesday again! I love how quickly Wednesday comes after a three-day weekend! I’m linking up again with Jenn at Peas and Crayons

This week, I thought I’d share race day eats, so here’s what Saturday looked like before and after the miserable 10k plus a few from our blueberry picking outing:

[Pre-race: whole wheat pita with banana, pb and chia; Post race: blueberry-yogurt-spinach smoothie; Lunch: couscous with chickpeas, tomato sauce and fresh parm; Snack: unpictured dark chocolate + almonds; Dinner: portabello burgers with feta, corn, beet-carrot salad, greens and watermelon; Dessert: cocoa-date-nut balls]

Race fuel: The morning of a race, I usually rely on a banana-nut butter combo of some sort.  The potassium in bananas can help prevent cramps and they digest easily, the carbs are good quick fuel, and the protein and fat in nut butter keeps me satisfied through runs up to about 10-13 miles. Here’s a helpful article on common fueling mistakes.

Summer salads: I love cold summer salads, and the carrot- red beet combo is one of my favorites.  It’s really easy and delicious!

Carrot Beet Salad (print recipe)

  • 3-4 carrots, shredded
  • 3-4 red beets, cooked, peeled and shredded
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • handful fresh parsley or cilantro

Combine carrots and cooled red beets in a bowl.  Mix the oil and lemon juice together, and pour over salad.  Add salt and pepper as desired, and top with parsley.  Enjoy!

(Shortcut- buy pre-cooked beets and shredded carrots to throw this together in no time!)

So I’d love to know… what’s the best thing you ate over Memorial day weekend?

Runners, what’s your typical pre-race fuel?


61 thoughts on “Wiaw race fuel + Carrot-beet salad

  1. I too kept my maiden name not hyphenated and people get confused. We ate so much good food camping over Memorial Day Weekend, but the best was roasted sweet potatoes cooked on the grill. So yummy! My prerun food for a long run is a bagel, peanut butter and a banana
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  2. The best thing I ate over MDW was a nice cup of fro yo! I put strawberries, raspberries, yogurt chips, and coconut flakes on top of cake batter fro yo. It was awesome!

    Baking helps me relax too! My favorite things to bake of course are not good for me. 😀
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    • I prefer to bake things that aren’t so good for me as well, so I try to use that time to tweak them into healthier versions. They usually turn out pretty good, but sometimes you just need a full-fat, high-sugar treat! 🙂
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  3. I always say this but your food looks great! I’ve read so much about chia seeds but have yet to venture into that. I’ve never been a beet fan but I am going to share that recipe with my mom because she loves beets!
    Thanks for including me in on the award! I love learning new things about other bloggers. I too am a night person who wants badly to be an early bird. 🙂
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    • As long as you can handle the occasional seed between your teeth, I’d say check out chia seeds! I get them in bulk from whole foods, so you can just buy a small amount and add it to yogurt, oats, smoothies, etc.
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  4. I am so impressed you manage to get all those nice food pictures. It would seriously scare me to list all my food. I eat pretty good, but sometimes after work I come home and stuff my face with chips, and who wants to see that?!?

    My have pre race fuel is a banana and a Central Market waffle with peanut butter, and about 1/2 cup of coffee. I eat a lot since I usually race longer distances. You have Central Market there, don’t you?
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    • Ha! I have those days… one of the things I like about wiaw is it helps me become more aware of what I’m putting into my mouth, at least on the day my camera is out! 🙂 Yes! We have Central Market- I love it!
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  5. thank you so much for the award! 🙂

    when i was racing i always had a banana with a bit of PB. if it was a longer race (10+ miles), i’d wake up a bit earlier so i could stomach eating a piece of toast too. for 5Ks i never ate… i have such a hard time with cramps it’s hard to eat much!
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    • You’re welcome! I think I neglected include your nomination in my comment on your blog today, but I knew you saw it. 🙂
      Your fueling sounds a lot like mine. And I agree, 5k’s don’t necessarily require anything.
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  6. I had some really yummy lemon bars on Memorial day. They are my favorite! Pre race is the same as every morning. Almond milk with a Carnation instant breakfast, ice and a scoop of protein/greens mix blended in my Magic Bullet. I worked in a daycare once too and it will definitely make you think twice about having kids:) When I was younger I said I would only adopt because I didn’t want to experience the pain of childbirth. As an adult, I ended up having both my boys naturally with a midwife. Go figure:)
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    • Lemon bars sound really good– I haven’t had those in years! I was so similar– people scare young girls into thinking birth is this horrible event, but as I learned more about it, I was determined to have mine naturally as well!
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  7. For pre-race fuel I usually go for a piece of toast or rice cake with peanut butter, chia seeds, and raisins and for shorter runs or longer tri workouts I usually just have a pb-stuffed date. For whatever reason my body hates bananas before I workout. I have no clue why!
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  8. The chickpea salad and beet salad look so good! And did you know there are new studies out showing beets can be really beneficial to transporting oxygen in our blood? Bonus for runners!

    I’m the oldest too, and also exhibit all those qualities. And was on the no kid bandwagon as well…how we change!
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  9. All of your food looks great! I love beets and esp beet salad. Have you ever combined them with green beans, a dash of olive oil, a bit of red wine vin and the kicker, a bit of crumbled goat cheese/feta? YUM. Also, have you tried the So Delicious Coconut Ice Cream? I think you would like it. I’ve only tried the vanilla, but it lives up to it’s name! I eat dairy, but prefer this one!

    Thanks for the shout out! I agree with your number 3, 4 and 5! By “typical characteristics” you mean: smart, funny, always right, super nice and good looking, right?
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    • Ha! Yes, you nailed the oldest child characteristics. 🙂 The green bean-beet-feta combo sounds amazing! And so funny you mentioned So Delicious… I’ve been craving ice cream this week, and I think I’m gonna pick some up!
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  10. OH! I forgot to say…pre-race food? Anything but nuts! Haha. I think it’s funny how each person really is so different. I have to have either Cheerios with banana and almond milk OR oatmeal with banana and almond milk. Nuts, and peanuts especially, tend to relive themselves after a few miles.
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  11. I am make many of your recipes, all wonderful, can’t wait to try the carrot and beet salad (addicted to beets). Thank you so much for putting me on the One Lovely Blog Award list. Honored that you would think of me… yours is at the top of my lovely, wonderful, favorite and all around awesome blog. xo
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  12. That prerace food looks good! I usually have toast with peanut butter and a banana 🙂 the best thing I ate, which probably won’t sound good to a vegetarian, is a steak my hubby marinated and grilled, he is the best grill chef! I’m also going to be starting The Blood Type Diet, have you heard of it? It’s probably why I like meat and feel best when I eat it, I’ll have to cut out dairy and wheat/gluten though, I’m thinking I’ll do a post on it soon. It’s really fascinating!
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    • I actually can appreciate a bit of meat every once in awhile. Sometimes my body asks for it, which is why I’m only a “mostly” vegetarian. I don’t like to have anything completely off limits! 🙂 Yes- I’ve heard of that diet, but haven’t read much about it, I’m curious to hear what you’re learning!
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    • That’s pretty much exactly what I eat before racing, too. I’ve seen a lot of people talk about oats before running, and I haven’t tried it yet. I’m nervous it would sit too heavily in my stomach, but let me know how it works if you try it!
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  13. Not a runner, so I don’t have any pre-race fuel. Bananas are my go-to post workout snack, usually with some nuts.

    Thanks for the nomination!

    My Memorial Day was spent at the gym pool. The kids had the free hot dogs, I had the free wine. Fun was had by all! 🙂
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  14. I typically eat toast with peanut butter, I could add the banana to that so maybe I will sometime! I still need to try chia seeds. Our race tonight is throwing me off, I just had pasta so hopefully that will be good enough!
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