Imagine the scene…
You’ve just finished running one of the fastest 5Ks of your life. Elated, hands on your head, you lazily walk through the finish area. After turning in your chip, exchanging smiles and kind word with other runners, you head to the re-fueling station.
And there it is, a cornucopia of treats & delights. 8 flavors of Gatorade, 4 types of soda, vitamin water, bagels, yogurt, granola bars, Lemonheads, Redhots, Gummi bears, apples, oranges, bananas, Eli’s Cheesecake, pizza, Snickers energy bars, and rows and rows of Dunkin’ Donuts.
Have you ever heard of such a spread?
Caloric Accounting of a 5K Race
Calories burned during race = ~450
Calories taken in after race
2 donuts = 400
Gatorade = 175
Gummi Bears = 100
1/2 Bagel = 200
Pizza = 150
Yogurt = 175
Cheesecake = 350
Cherry Pepsi = 160
Total = 1710
Final caloric cost of participating in the race = 1260 or half a pound.
Then, there was the giant brunch at Yolk (giant waffle & 2 eggs = 640). Next was 4 hours at the Beer on the Pier fest at Navy Pier which featured too many beer samples to count (appx = 1700). From there it was out to Toons to watch the Derby (beer = 100). Then out to Take 5 for some food (Turkey burger & fries = 900). Then to Piece for a couple more beers and a slice of pizza (600). By 10:30 pm, I was done and just a little bit drunk. The long run the next day was challenging.
Total caloric intake for the day = 5650!
Geez, it’s no wonder I can’t qualify for Boston. Of course, this was an anomaly and I did run 14 miles yesterday without eating nearly as much.
Nutrition Lesson of the Day
You only burn 150 cal or less per mile so try to avoid a huge calorie intact right after a race. You worked hard, but not that hard. Juggling and running do not give you carte blanch to eat and drink whatever you want.
Incidentally, I was pretty happy with my race. My unofficial final time was 20:37. It wasn’t a PR but it was probably my third or fourth fastest time ever. I also made it the whole way without a drop. My favorite part was the pre-race juggling that thoroughly entertained a crowd of spectators.