Running, How Many Calories You Burn and What You Get to Eat

I run to eat. I often get asked what I think about during my really long runs. What's my answer? “What I will be eating when I finish.” Nothing is better motivation through the 20 mile slump of a marathon than the amount of cupcakes, beer, and steak I will be consuming once I cross the finish line. When you're running your first half marathon and you're not sure if you can make it, imagine the fried chicken and waffles you will enjoy at brunch and let that carry you over the finish line.

oh my god food

There are tons of calorie counters out there that will tell you approximately how many calories you burn when you run. It all depends on how far you went, what you weigh, if the course was flat or hilly, and of course how fast you went. Are those beautiful numbers completely accurate? No, but they are a good ballpark. So let's discuss the amount of calories you burn running a 5k (3.1 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), and marathon (26.2 miles). For our numbers let's assume the runner is a 150lb human running 9 minute miles. READY? Now remember, everything is approximate but let’s play my new favorite game, “WHAT I GET TO EAT WHEN I RUN!”

5K: 352 Calories

food

2 cupcakes

or

2 beers

10k: 703 Calories

pancakes

5 cupcakes

or

4 beers

or

1 cheeseburger, small fries, and 1 beer

or

1 order of pancakes and 1 beer

or

2 slices of pizza and 1 beer

or

1 lobster roll and 2 beers

Half Marathon: 1500 Calories

burrito

11 cupcakes

or

Steak, eggs, frites and 1-2 beers

or

1 cheeseburger, fries, and 1-2 beers

or

Fried Chicken and biscuit platter (no beer you know what HAVE A BEER, TREAT YOURSELF.)

or

Pancakes, eggs, hash browns, and 1 beer

or

3 lobster rolls

or

3 slices of pizza and 3 beers

or

1 HUGE burrito (go easy on the fixins' and you can have 1-2 beers)

or

Omelet, hash browns, and 2 beers

Marathon: 3200 Calories

pizza

Pretty much whatever the hell you want. All the food, all the beer

or

21 cupcakes.

See! Want to know what makes Brunch even more fun? WHEN IT'S COMPLETELY (OR NEARLY COMPLETELY) GUILT FREE!!!! The next time you see me running a marathon, just know I am silently chanting to myself, "Steak. Cupcakes. Burritos. Beer. Steak. Cupcakes. Burritos. Beer."

OOF now I'm hungry! What's your favorite post race meal? Until tomorrow #RunSelfieRepeat.