WIAW #50: Half Marathon Weekend Eats

I cannot believe this is the 50th time I’ve written a WIAW post. They’ve become a staple on the blog. I found, after years of wondering why in the world someone would bother taking a picture of their food, that they’re actually some of the easiest and most enjoyable posts to write, because I like eating, cooking and baking, and it’s nice to think others might admire the result of my endeavors, or just be interested in the combinations of eats I create. And I find inspiration for my own meals by reading similar posts on other blogs. So here we go again, this time with a rundown of my eats the weekend of a half marathon in New York City.



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The first time I ran the New York City Half Marathon, it was my first race longer than a 10K. My longest run before the race was 8 or 9 miles, and I ran that fasted before coming home and eating my weight in food. Since the race began early in the morning, as they usually do, and I never ate that early, I went to the starting line with no fuel in the tank and none on me for the race itself. I made it to the finish with a smile, but afterwards I had a meltdown when we tried to go to brunch and everywhere had at least a half hour wait, because the runger was raging and I needed to refuel stat. Haven’t made that mistake again! 




Sarabeth's omelet and apple chicken sausage




For starters, I fueled properly on Saturday, when I had some sort of pre-runger episode and was starving until our brunch arrived on the table at Sarabeth’s, then somehow still needed to snack afterwards for the 3-4 hours before an early dinner. Brunch was an omelet stuffed with Gruyere cheese, peas, mushrooms and zucchini, a mesclun salad, and chicken apple sausage with apple butter. Dinner was Bareburger burgers and fries. Plural, because we ordered three burgers for the two of us so we could each have one and a half.




Bareburger turkey and duck burgers




On Sunday morning immediately after the race, I was handed a bag of snacks including Kay’s gluten free protein pretzels (also my pre race fuel), a string cheese, an apple, and a jar of Justin’s peanut butter that I ate spoonfuls from on the subway back uptown. Once we arrived back on the Upper East Side, it was straight to brunch at EJ’s, for an omelet, sweet potato fries, and turkey bacon. You’ll notice this race weekend encompassed a lot of eating the best eggs in town.




EJ's Luncheonette Omelet and Sweet Potato Fries




Again, snacks were required throughout the afternoon, including a couple of free macarons at Francois Payard and La Maison du Chocolat, because Macaron Day NYC coincided with half marathon day.




Macaron Day Francois Payard




Dinner was Bareburger redux. No shame. More sweet potato fries, and for the first time there, a salad with a burger on top. I went for a turkey burger atop a salad of romaine, feta, grape tomatoes, pickled red onions, green chickpea hummus, and a delicious lemon tahini dressing. 




Bareburger turkey burger salad




Dessert was another apple, more peanut butter, organic banana dark chocolate, a Tate’s gluten free chocolate chip cookie, and some vanilla bean So Delicious ice cream. No photos of that stuff, but I can show you my Banana Peanut Butter Chip Sundae which is a lot of those ingredients!




Banana Peanut Butter Chip Sundae








Do you experience the most runger on race day or the day after?


Most runger you’ve ever had?


Favorite food to eat after a race?










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13 thoughts on “WIAW #50: Half Marathon Weekend Eats

  1. love la maison du chocolat. used to go there when I was a little girl. and there’s this cute ice cream shop on Madison by my grandparents old apt that I keep thinking about too – I need to go there again (on 78th and Madison, what’s it called? lol) I am very hungry for my usual post run breakfast on a race day and always like to go to cheesecake factory for dinner but I am not as crazy hungry on a race day as I am in the days that follow!


  2. Hmm… The most runger I’ve ever had was after a marathon in Spain. O_O We were eating ice cream at 2 AM in the morning. I probably experience the most runger the day after. 🙂 It looks like you did a really good job refueling.


    • That happens a lot – I found this time that the day after, I was not as hungry, then two days later it went right back up again. I think one day post race I was experiencing some overall tension/muscle aches that made me less ravenous.


  3. My stomach is always so upset after running long distances so I kind of have to force myself to eat post race but the day after….WATCH OUT! I seriously probably ate every 30 minutes the day after my last half.


  4. Oh my goodness, I bet you WERE hungry!! After my first half marathon I never really felt hungry so didn’t refuel as I should have. I definitely paid for it the next day though as I wanted to eat everything in sight! Now I make myself eat after long runs, even if I don’t feel very hungry:)


    • I do the same, although I’m at the point where while I am not hungry right after, the runger kicks in about one hour later. I know that hour window is when you need a little snack to refuel, but I tend to have a yogurt or something and then do the proper meal after an hour.


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