5 Favorite Foods from Race Week

Darlene thinks I always eat healthy and never induge. Ha! She’s actually seen me in action on some pretty unhealthy food after long runs. I think that long long runs are at an end for a while (although I am not sure yet), and that means I have to reign it in and eat a little cleaner — I’ve gotten too used to popping in a protein ball when I want one (or two) but don’t necessarily need one.

So let’s just take a little walk down memory lane and I’ll share with you a few of my favorite foods from last week, since we’re talking favorites for this week’s Friday Five from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run

When in Maine, Lobster Roll!

Lobster Roll
I think eating a lobster that is thrown into boiling water is cruel and I won’t do it. I’m sure they are cooked the same way for the lobster roll, but what can I say? Sometimes it’s good to be bad.

Except the lobster rolls in Maine seemed to have increased in price and decreased in size since the last time we were there a couple of years ago. Insert frowny face here.

And Lobster Mac n Cheese

Lobster Mac n Cheese
It’s been a long, long, long time since I’ve had mac n cheese. Trader Joe’s used to have an awesome gluten free version, but it disappeared and despite my desperate email, it never reappeared.

I couldn’t tell you the last time I’d had mac n cheese before this.

Brownie a la mode for two

Brownie a la Mode
We watched “Little Miss Sunshine” shortly before leaving for this trip, and let’s just say there’s a slightly different way to pronounce “a la mode” and I joked about it while ordering and eating that scrumptiuosness above.

The lobster mac n cheese and brownie a la mode were my recovery meal after my half. It took a while to get around to that. I had some snacks immediately after the race, and then, as usual, I really wasn’t hungry for hours.

A new discovery

Martha Bar
The only shopping we did do in Freeport, aside from getting the Frontline Plus for Lola, was a stop at Wilburs (a chocolate shop, of course — but don’t get judgy on me; we always bring back chocolates for the pet sitters).

Conveniently the two stores were on opposite sides of the street. I suppose it would have been even more convenient if they’d been side by side, but clearly it was meant to be.

In case you didn’t know it, I love trying new stuff. And this Marthabar, which I’d never heard of, caught my eye. Filled with great ingredients: dark chocolate, almonds, peanut butter, cranberries, honey, flaxseed, chia gel, coconut oil, hemp protein powder.

There was no nutrition information on the bar, but I bought two anyway and ate one. If you do a search online, you can get the nutrition information — it’s actually pretty similar to a lot of protein bars, but with much better ingredients and it tastes really awesome.

But it’s quite small, and much as I really loved it, it’s not something I’ll be buying again. I think.

Yup, I still have a balls problem

Protein Balls
I have really gotten into the habit of just reaching for a protein ball when I want one, not when I need one. I’ve got to break the habit, especially as I’m barely moving this week, yet still eating the damn things.

The healthy cookie dough peanut butter balls has been moved to my favorites 2016 board. As well as the Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls I made when I got home. Because I was running low on protein balls.

There you go: I try to eat pretty clean before the race, and enjoy some not-so-clean food afterward.  The hard part is going back to more clean eating once you’ve properly refueled!

 What food do you have trouble over indulging in?

Do you even think about what you’re eating after a race?

18 thoughts on “5 Favorite Foods from Race Week

  1. All those sweet things look yummy. I don’t like lobster. Overindulge is a problem at the Indian buffet and with anything chocolate. We are celebrating my brother’s birthday this weekend with lunch at the Indian buffet and I’m bringing the gluten free chocolate cake. I see a fairly long run in my future 😉

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  2. Ahh, brownie sundaes. I remember ordering them out in restaurants when Christine was young and we would have dueling spoons at the bowl while Tom watched and chuckled. It was definitely competitive! I am a huge fan of lobster too, and look forward to each visit to see my mom in MA, because we always go to a seafood place that serves awesome lobster rolls. Sorry you were disappointed in the size this year. Maybe you went to the wrong places.

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    1. Not so much pizza for me, although of course I like it, but chocolate & bread for sure. There was a whole lotta bread last week. And fries . . . you know, the things I don’t normally eat!


  3. I always think about what I am going to eat post race ! I usually eat a really healthy meal (having just run all those miles I have a hard time eating junk) but at some point in time I will indulge… a meal or 2 later. Because that makes it less like junk, right ?

    I do not like Mac n Cheese… it was never my thing. I did notice they put lobster in in now, but with all that cheese how can you taste the lobster ?

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    1. I’m the other way around — I know after running 13.1 I can indulge a little! I don’t usually eat junk, but obviously not quite as healthy as usual. You’ll notice there’s almost always some veggies in there!

      I love Mac n Cheese. Never had it growing up — or a grilled cheese, for that matter. You can’t really taste the lobster, but there wasn’t an option for plain mac n cheese anyway — it’s ME, after all!


  4. I have to say the lobster roll I had in Maine disappointed me. Lobster mac n cheese sounds great. Post race I typically seek out cupcakes or other bakery sweets.


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