All those calories burned running a race; they don’t stay gone for very long. After running a race, especially if I run well, I like to enjoy a nice breakfast. My favorite two options are Chick-fil-A (most days I am not up early enough for a chicken biscuit) or Waffle House, my vote for second-best AJC Peachtree Road Race sponsor following my employer.
After running a 5K on Thursday (388 Calories burned according to my watch), I went straight for a chicken biscuit combo. As always, it was good. Looking at the Chick-fil-A website, the biscuit, hash browns and coffee contained almost double the Calories I burned running (740). At least I woke up early and made the 7 a.m. race, right? That has to be worth something, even if I’m not taking full advantage of the health benefits.
My all-time most memorable post-race meal followed my final high school cross country race. Imagine being at a Waffle House after running a hard race in the late morning. You’re not sure if it’s breakfast or lunch time and you’re hungry, so you decide to have both. That meal featured a waffle to go along with a melt (chicken or Patty) and hash browns. Hopefully, I finished it off with a slice of chocolate pie. Sorry details are a little fuzzy and I don’t remember that.
Following the AJC Peachtree Road Race in recent years, the food setup has included Cokes and Powerades plus ice cream, peaches and other assorted snacks. Not bad for a big race having to feed 55,000 hot, tired runners plus all the family and fans that show up at Piedmont Park. But unfortunately there are no chicken biscuits and it’s not the Waffle House (although there was a Waffle House trailer one year).
How do you refuel after a race, after water and maybe a gel? Do you splurge like me or keep it healthy? What’s your favorite thing to grab in Piedmont Park and what one thing would you love to see after running your 10 kilometers on July 4?