Happy Friday and TGIF! Joining Cynthia and Courtney for the Friday Five and today it’s all about “food and drink”. After running a long race usually the last thing I’m looking for is food. But once I’m through the chute and get settled I may crave something salty or sweet. The best races are ones that give you a bag or even a pre-packaged box to get your snack on later. My final spring race was last weekend at the Newport 10 Miler. After snagging PR’s my friend and I immediately went for the beer tent to celebrate. All this got me thinking of some of my favorite post race refreshments I’ve had – outside of the basics like water, electrolytes and bagels.
Beer. Most races provide post race beer but normally it’s kinda blah beer like Miller or Bud Light. Color me excited when races serve better quality or even hometown beers. Last week Harpoon was on the Rhode Island agenda and it was SO good. North Face Endurance Series also serves Sierra Nevada which is equally yum! Definitely a welcome treat after a long race.
Soft Pretzels. Philly Pretzel Factory provides this post race staple for the Philadelphia Marathon and Half. It was a cold and windy November day when I ran it last fall so not only did I eat it pretty quickly but it totally hit the salty carb spot! *photo credit: Philly Pretzel Factory
Root Beer. There was a mix up with the alcohol permit for the Milwaukee Running Festival so they couldn’t serve us beer but this Sprecher Brewery Root Beer was a nice consolation prize. I don’t typically drink soda but sometimes after a half I crave the sweetness and bubbles.
Smiley Face Cookies. These are synonymous with Pittsburgh and what I long for after running this hilly half! Eat n’ Park makes them and just typing that restaurant name makes me nostalgic for home! The marathon also provides Panera bagels so I ain’t mad at da ‘burgh on the refreshment front…
Wine. I don’t need to explain this do I? 😉
What is your favorite post race refreshment? Any particular race that does post-race well?