Snacks Front ImageSummer long runs are hot, humid and sticky. All I want when I get home is to get into a cool shower. But, given that it’s a 15-20 minute drive home, and running research says you should eat something within 30 minutes of finishing your run, what’s a girl to do? Have a snack before hopping in the shower, that’s what.

For me, given how far I have to drive post-run, I need my snack to require minimal thought and be ready to eat within 2 minutes of me getting home. It’s just supposed to hold be over until I can make a real meal post-shower.

  1. Fruit. Everyone knows about the banana, but in the summer, maybe it’s fresh berries. Cool, lots of water. Just wash and eat! I’m also a fan of fruit cups and watermelon.Berries
  2. Pickles. Again, cool, high water content. There’s something about the saltiness of pickles that I love after a long run. I’m particularly a fan of the zesty dill pickles-with a spicy kick!
  3. Part of a granola bar. Sometimes before a run, I’ll eat part of a Larabar. If I have a quarter to a half left, it’s perfect for the drive home.
  4. Almonds. A little handful goes a long way. They have a satisfying crunch, and aren’t too hard on the stomach. I prefer raw whole almonds.almonds
  5. Gatorade. I don’t usually drink much sports drink during my runs, but right after, Gatorade actually tastes good. It doesn’t even taste sickly sweet, which is probably a sign that I need it. Electrolytes for the win!


What do you normally eat right after a long (summery, hot, humid) run?

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8 Thoughts on “Friday Five: 5 Summer Post-Run Snacks

  1. Love watermelon, especially after a run on a warm day!

  2. ooh I love pickles and I never thought of them as a post run snack but yes great idea! I am also a gatorade girl especially in this heat

  3. Thanks for this reminder. The only think I usually have post run is water. I am clearly not nourishing my body well!

  4. tons of iced cold water and fruit FTW!! I make sure to add something with electrolytes throughout the rest of the day as well.

  5. Those are all great ideas! I have done the Larabar post-run, but I want to get back to making smoothies and adding protein powder!

  6. Berries and watermelon are perfect in the Summer! I never thought about pickles, though! I’ll have to give that one a try.

  7. I had never had watermelon post run until recently and I loved it!

  8. granola bars for the win!

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