What to Eat During a Ragnar Relay Race
I’m kind of annoying when it comes to food, I know. Here are the main reasons:
- I’m not going to waste calories on crappy food, it better be delicious. You can’t have bad ice cream but is that dry grocery store cupcake worth it? No.
- Gluten gives me weird leg cramps sometimes. I can eat it in small doses (and if it’s worth it, like amazing looking bread or homemade pasta or pizza… and beer.) but I can’t do a ton. Also I don’t love most foods with gluten – I’m not a pasta or bread type of gal, honestly.
- I just function better with lots of veggies and lean proteins. I need a lot of protein and fat to feel full. Blame it on all the running.
- I’m not into refined sugar or added sugar… too sweet for me.
- I also don’t eat processed stuff because… ew.
Let me tell you what my eating habits have done for me:
- My hair is incredibly strong and thick. It used to be falling out and thin and brittle. I had to get a ton cut off because it was just dead ends.
- My skin is great. (That’s also my skin care routine and a little bit of genetics.)
- I really don’t get sick. My boyfriend had mono and I did not get it. I don’t know how that happens, but I’m taking it.
- I have a ton of energy… despite my three-four coffee a day habit.
- I’m able to run a zillion miles a week (JK, 40-50.)
So there you go. Eating real, unprocessed foods makes you a healthy person with great skin, hair and energy.
Everything I read about Ragnar when I was researching what to eat during a Ragnar Relay said “prepare to feel like crap because you’re going to eat like crap”. I didn’t feel my best, but I didn’t feel awful. By Monday I felt like myself again. I also don’t think I really got too terribly hangry/hangxious (anxiety set on by being hungry). Also lots of runner food – bagels, pasta, bread – are not things I eat. So in true Cassie fashion, I way over-prepared in the food category.
Breakfast Friday Morning: Overnight Oats with Cherries, Pistachios and Carob Chips
My go-to long run food is oatmeal and in the summer, it’s overnight oatmeal because it’s cold. Plus, it travels well. I went with cherries for their anti-inflammatory priorities, pistachios for extra fat (and salt) and carob chips because pistachios + cherries + chocolate = amazing. Oh, and prior to this, I ate some yogurt with half a banana and a little peanut butter because I woke up at 4:30 and didn’t want to eat real breakfast until 9:30 or so.
Lunch/Dinner Friday: Pulled Pork Salad
Emily found a great restaurant near our first van exchange in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia called Earth Dog Cafe. It was literally so West Virginia, I loved it. It was a BBQ place with a ton of options. I knew I wanted vegetables (I’m a salad fiend) but how could I turn down pulled pork? I couldn’t. It was probably 4ish by the time we ate so it was kind of linner.
Snack/Pre-Run Friday Night: Carrots and Hummus and Sweet Potato with Sun Butter
I totally ate both of these without thinking about taking a photo. No one cares what these look like anyway. I think I also snacked on some energy bites (secret recipe coming soon if I ever get around to making them again and photographing them without eating them all first).
Post-Run Saturday 1:00 a.m.: Chocolate Ice Cream and a Salad
I packed a salad. I know, I’m a nut. I wasn’t sure about the availability of vegetables and I get really anxious without eating greens. The container was way too filled with spinach so I dumped it in the ziplock bag I had to make sure dressing didn’t spill everywhere. I also do this on planes. It had the usual random protein (roast turkey), goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and strawberries.
Prior to the salad, I had chocolate ice cream from South Mountain Creamery, where our second leg ended. It was amazing. In the photo you can also spy my cool safety vest.
Breakfast Saturday Morning: Overnight Oats with Blueberries, Cashews and Cashew Butter
I had a basically empty cashew butter jar so I made overnight oats in a jar so I could just throw it away after. Fun fact: one time TSA almost confiscated my overnight oats because they weren’t sure what was in the peanut butter jar. I wasn’t hungry but knew I needed to eat before I ran.
Lunch Saturday: Vegetable Tacos
We had lunch at Rosa Mexicano in the National Harbor near the finish line (another Emily saves the day when it comes to food). We had salsa and guac then I ordered vegetable tacos. Not the smartest post-run food, but like Emily said, after a long run (albeit broken into three parts) you need to just give your body whatever it feels like. I should have had protein but whatever.
Dinner Saturday Night: Crab Soup and Salmon Salad at Roasthouse Pub
We stayed the night in Frederick, Maryland before heading back to Pittsburgh Sunday morning. We had to go somewhere with a good draft list (re: Team Beer) and Emily found three places and I we ranked them and Roasthouse Pub won. I was about to eat off my arm so I ate half the soup and the salad before remembering to take a photo. This is why I don’t do things like this often. I also did my one Team Beer thing of the weekend and drank a beer. Which was delicious.
Chat with me:
What are your go-to travel foods? Are you as crazy about vegetable consumption as me? What is the best thing you ate this past week?