Post Race Fueling

After yesterday’s half metric century bike ride,  I pretty much had no appetite. It was weird! However, Mark was extremely hungry, so we stopped at the first place we saw, Crispers.


I ordered a broccoli cheddar soup




…and a carribbean chicken flatbread.




Both were delicious, but I only finished about 2/3 of each. I then came home and slept the afternoon away!

I was slightly hungrier when I woke up, so I tried to pack in some calories. I started with a refreshing beer…




…and made a plate of randomness. I had a veggie burger, topped with chili, some cheddar cheese, broccoli, and mashed potatoes. All leftovers. All random.




For dessert, Mark and I split a brownie and vanilla ice cream.




Today, I woke at 5:00am absolutely ravenous! I seriously could not eat enough!  I easily ate twice as much as a normal non-workout day. It’s funny how our bodies work.


Looking back, I know that I probably did not eat nearly enough yesterday. I probably burned upwards of 1200 extra calories, and definitely did not consume that many extra.


I am debating which of these post-race fueling strategies is better:


a. Listen to your Brain: Eating when you know you should, even if you are not terribly hungry. I waited a good 6 hours between lunch and dinner because I was too lazy to get up. I probably did not eat enough nutrients to replenish what I used up.


b. Listen to your Stomach: Eating when you feel hungry… which is basically what I did. I didn’t get hungry until today, so I ate a ton! I ended up waking up feeling so lethargic. I feel like I left my tank empty for too long.


What is your post-race (or just post-tough exercise) fueling strategy? Do you have a strategy, or do you just wing it?


Normally I’m all about listening to my stomach, but I think after hard races, there needs to be a balance so I don’t end up starving. Next time I need to make a more conscious effort to eat properly so that I don’t feel energy zapped the next day!


❤ MegaNerd

The Spirit of MY FIRST Marathon.

Good morning!


I made a lovely yogurt mess this morning for breakfast.




This combination of Kashi heart to heart, granola, and vanilla Oikos never gets old.




I’m officially in Back-to-school mode, so I will be gone all day. I thought I would leave you with a video recap of my first marathon experience.





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2492 Calories to Make Up

Immediately after I crossed the finish line of the Disney Marathon, an orange was plopped into my hand. I stared at it awkwardly… like what am I supposed to do with this?!


My stomach didn’t really feel too much better after I stopped. I was really shocked that I was hungry even with all the intestine issues (sorry!).


My dad, stepmom, brother and sister took me to lunch after the race at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney.




Yes, I wore my medal to lunch!!! 😀


I ordered the pita quesadillas which were delicious!




I ate mostly all of it, but it took a little while.




I also had about a handful of the community french fries.




The six of us split this massive brownie ice cream dessert volcano thing! (Look at my bro in the background. He’s amazed!)




I had a decent sized hunk on my plate. It was the best part of the meal!




I actually did not feel hungry at all the rest of the night. My stomach still felt awkward. Debbie’s mom brought a huge fruit tray for us, so I nibbled on some of that.




The only other thing I had was a mug of chocolate milk




…and some graham crackers. Nothing sounded appealing.




NO worries… I ate my weight on Monday!


Breakfast 1: Kashi bar + fruit



Breakfast 2: Gingerbread bagel, Cream cheese, Coffee

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Lunch: Insane amounts of Debbie’s leftovers.



Snack: CLIF bar



Dinner: Pasta, beans, feta, broccoli, alfredo sauce. YUM!



Good news! My stomach is finally feeling better! 😀


According to my Garmin, I burned about 95 calories per mile. I’m not sure that I made up my 2400+ calorie deficit, but I’ll be working on it.


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