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5/8/16 10:47 A

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I'm generally not hungry after a half marathon, and that feeling lasts until the next day. The one that I ran last weekend was cold and rainy, so I didn't hang around long after my finish. They did have bagels, fruit, bars, several kinds of breakfast pizza and regular pizza, but I just grabbed a water. Generally, I grab a couple of waters, but I think the cold rain meant that I was less thirsty. I think part of it is that I don't have a lot of people that I hang out with at races and tend to leave not too long after I finish. That cuts down on the access to all the food and the temptation of watching others eat. (Sometimes I wish later that I would have grabbed the pizza, but by then it's too late!)

The day after the half is when I generally want to eat more, but being 24 hours out from the race makes it less tempting to justify overeating for me. I make sure that I have plenty of vegetables and fruits ready to go so that I can munch on them. I am still training for a full right now, so I'm trying to be careful about what I'm eating.

After the full, I plan to allow for a few extra treats. If it's like my first one, I won't want much of anything until the next day then, too.

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5/6/16 8:13 P

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After my last marathon, I ate SO MUCH FRIED CHICKEN. It was like all the fried chicken! With lots of hot sauce. It made me feel so sick but it was worth it. It was long after the finish though, maybe three hours.

After my first marathon, because the finish line was literally at my front door (not an exaggeration), my darling husband made eggs and hash browns and bacon. I eventually do get hungry, but it's never at the finish line.

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5/6/16 7:13 P

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I'm typically not hungry at the finish line either. I always take my bag with me for in the car afterwards on the way home. The bag has change of clothes, flip-flops, a protein drink and some fruit and usually a sandwich if the ride is long. My last marathon was in the cold wet snow and the chicken pot pie at the end was awesome! Warm and yummy after being in the cold!

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5/6/16 5:41 P

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well if you had asked about after a marathon, I would have told you something different! After my first marathon I ate an entire pizza later on that night! :)

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5/4/16 1:07 P

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I'm astounded by all the responses essentially saying the same thing: "Not a problem."

Sure I'm not hungry *immediately* but realistically, I'll hang around for an hour chatting, stretching, waiting for friends to finish, etc. I'll eventually work up an appetite. Even if I start by eating an orange or banana (I'm sorry but that banana goes down way too quickly), I'll work my way over to the pizza and worse. And I'll take something for the drive home.

I almost long for the races where they give you one piece of fruit, one bag of chips, one bagel, and dump you into the finish corral in such a way that you cannot get back to the food. I say "almost" because I dislike that kind of treatment and avoid those races even when my goal is to avoid overeating.

PS: You have my curious, Striverone. Which HM did you just do that gave out 6 different kinds of pizza?



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5/3/16 5:48 P

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I am with Amy on this one. I typically have no appetite right after finishing a race. I sometimes have to force myself to eat, but generally I grab a banana and possible a bagel and pass on the other stuff. At a half I did on Sunday, they had tons of cookies which actually sounded really horrible to me! At another half Ive done, they had pizza and mozzarella sticks which also sounded gross at the time. It usually takes me a few hours before I really get my appetite back. Usually I am more thirsty than anything.

I think in general we think that we can eat more than we probably should. I have run a few 5ks where I have seen people pig out at the finish, and it seems silly since they probably burned 200-300 calories which doesnt even cover a bagel in most cases. Unless you are really aware of what you eat and drink and track everything, I can see why it is easy for people to outdo themselves after a race.

I am usually very strict on what I eat during training and before a race, so I will usually give myself permission to enjoy something after a race, within reason. I am aware that a half burns a decent amount of calories, but between pre race fuel and anything consumed during, it is not an excuse to go overboard. This past training cycle I was following Matt Fitzgerald's New Rules of Marathon Nutrition, which called for 70% carbs the 3 days prior to a race. I found that I was desperately craving sources of protein after the race. Normally someone might want a pizza or pancakes, and I really wanted an omelet with some cheese. So thats what I had and Im glad I listened to what I was craving.

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5/3/16 5:41 P

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I actually don't usually eat at the finish line. My tummy always needs to settle after runs over 10 miles. I will usually have chocolate milk, if it's available, and coffee or hot cocoa depending on the weather. My husband lives for fruit, and gobbles it up after he finishes halfs. Like you, I don't really feel like 13 mile runs justify much more than I would normally eat, even if my body sometimes disagrees with me.

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I'm sure that you are much better informed on these things than I am, but for what it's worth I grabbed 1/2 banana, 1/4 orange and a half pint of chocolate milk from the runner's tables after a cold rainy half marathon this Sunday, felt satisfied and stopped there. Available were six types of pizza, yogurt, bagels w peanut butter, and plenty of baked goods. At home an hour later, I had a can of tuna, with a tbs. mayonnaise and two tbs. sweet relish. That held me until dinner which was 6 oz. shrimp in a packaged Asian salad. That was enough. I'll be running a marathon in three weeks and will probably eat three times as much of similar foods afterward. I do use energy gels during longer races and that may offset any post race hunger.


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5/3/16 1:30 P

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I'm interested in advice for dealing with post-HM food, especially at the finish line where:

- Junk food (or quickly digestible, low fiber food) abounds, often in unlimited quantities.

- The sense of entitlement looms large. (I just ran 13M. My body needs food. And all this food is specifically provided for me.)

- Most other runners at the finish are eating voraciously. (If they're doing it, I should too.)

- Even if I don't feel hungry, I'm very aware that my stomach is empty.

- Normal hunger cues are out of whack.

This last "out of whack" observation also leads to a broader context. How do you manage food for the rest of the day and the next day or two until you can get back to your normal diet.

These questions could be asked at every distance however they hold special significance at the HM distance given the significant deficit and yet ease with which you can consume more than you just burned. (In comparison, few marathoners can eat as much as they burned. And at shorter distances like 5K and 10K, you're just not burning that much so you shouldn't be that hungry.)

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