Summer 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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