Today I've decided to link up with Coaches' Corner on nutrition and hydration. My topic is the way I handle refueling at races.
I don't have a sensitive stomach by any means, but I can't eat immediately after I've crossed the finish line. I can drink plenty, but no eating. At least I can start hydrating while I wait for my stomach to settle down.
My first half marathon was at Disney, and my parents bought me a pass to the Race Retreat tent, which was great pre-race, but I felt bad about not wanting to eat the hot food after the race. I forced myself to eat because I knew I'd be hungry later, and I certainly didn't want that price tag (I think $99 in 2012) to go to waste. As I said, it was great pre-race because I could grab a banana and bagel with cream cheese as a second breakfast since my breakfast in the room was a couple hours earlier. All the pre-race food could be carried to the corrals too.
After that, I haven't sprung for any race retreat/VIP tent because I have to wait to get. Some races are great, like Disney, where they provide a snack box and banana that I can take with me and eat when I'm ready. After my Disney half in 2014, I inhaled the contents on the bus en route back to the hotel. Enough time had relapsed that I was hungry and hey, snack box!
Other races I've done missed the mark with a bunch of cheap carb snacks with no protein. By this i mean a packet of pretzels and two things of cookies. Really? I'm thinking of Dallas, and they didn't provide water bottles either. The finish line had Dixie cups of water and that was it. Post-race had cartons of chocolate milk. Not exactly what I want when it was so humid out. When I was walking back to my car, I passed a Jimmy John's that was open, with water bottles and lunch! Turkey and cheese, oh my! I had cash in my check bag for a just in case thing. You bet this was just in case.
The last big race I did was in Eugene, and one of the sponsors was Krusteaz, so there were pancakes after the race. I can always find time to eat pancakes! I can eat breakfast at any point during the day. They also had a smorgasbord of snacks I could take with me on the shuttle. Bagels, bananas, clementines, peanut butter... Like the snack boxes, I could eat these the entire way back to where we parked the car.
Linking up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs