Post Race Rituals

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I’m getting a little excited about the Bluenose Marathon this coming weekend in Halifax ๐Ÿ™‚ I managed to come down with a head cold yesterday so I’m doing everything I can to get better. I signed Lilly up for the 2k Kids Run on Saturday and am going to run/walk it with her…I’m pretty sure it’s the best last-minute race fees I’ve ever spent ๐Ÿ™‚ Sunday, I’m running the 10k and looking forward to it as it’s been a long time since I ran that route.

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Yesterday I blogged about some Pre-Race Rituals and I wanted to follow-up with some Post Race Rituals!

Again, I had to sit down and really think about my post race rituals…what were they… did I even have any?

  • Find family member/running friends post run – in the sea of other people
  • Drink something with protein (chocolate milk, smoothie)
  • Eat bagel/banana (pretty much the same food I ate before the race)
  • Must take of running sneakers and wear something else to drive in: Sandals (Birkenstocks other runners etc)
  • Nap – is a must for recovery though sometimes can’t happen with little kids
  • Compression Socks after I shower.
  • Eat, eat and eat some more !

I thought I would ask some of my fellow Canuck Running Bloggers (on Facebook) what they do Post Race …. apparently we love our food and beer/wine post race ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Go out for a big honkin’ farmer’s breakfast someplace near the finish line. Eggs, sausage, bacon โ€” just pile it all on!
  • Directly after the race I change into flip flops, especially a long race. I want as little on my feet as possible. Then next, a big meal! Usually a burger or brunch, and a beer. Always a beer ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Go to starbucks for a venti…no matter what….
  • Find the nearest Irish pub. Order a pint or 2 and savour the moment!
  • Walk as much as possible, have a latte, salty snack, ice cream, THEN dinner with wine. And more ice cream.
  • First thing I do is take off my runners and put on my Birkenstocks! I then sit in really long, hot shower. Stretch. Eventually find french fries or chips.
  • Coffee and a snack. Followed by many, many, MANY snacks!!! And a nap.
  • I often wear injinji sox…so off with the shoes and on with flip flops haha with the sox on!
  • Immediately eat a gluten-free bar or banana. Then as soon as humanly possible take a long, hot shower (no ice baths for me). As soon as feasible eat a real meal (an omelette with gluten-free bagel is my fave). ย Coffee in there somewhere, wherever it’s convenient. Compression socks post shower, sleep in them and keep them on next day. Dream of a nap (it never happens). It seems to be better to keep moving anyway.

Thanks Canuck Running Bloggers for your input ๐Ÿ™‚

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Anyone ice bath, drink beer/wine, eat bad food, get a massage?

What are your Post Race Rituals ?

Are there any rituals you do that you don’t think others do?

What’s the weirdest Post Race Ritual you’ve hear of?

12 thoughts on “Post Race Rituals

  1. For some reason, after a big race all I want is a bacon cheeseburger and a coke lol!

    Immediately after the race though, I have collapse on a the ground for a few minutes. I have several pics of me on the floor lol!

  2. Loved reading others’ post-race rituals! Ours have definitely become brunch with Bloody Marys whenever possible. We also almost-always go to the yogurt shop for a treat!

  3. I’m so excited for you to run your race!!! I’m all about the go out for a big breakfast/brunch after a race. One time I did an epic omelette and another time I did a massive stack of chocolate chip pancakes. I’m drooling just thinking about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Good stuff! I always grab whatever freebies they give away after the race, then walk for 15 or so minutes to get the blood regulated. Then stretch. Then post race brunch and beers!

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