Getting Ready for Race Day, The Food Edition

pasta on a fork

Runner of Steel from Boring Pittsburgh(Image source: BoringPittsburgh)

Let me preface this post by saying: I am not a runner.

I used to tell people that I only run when chased. The truth is, I just never got into it. My brother was the runner in the family. I played soccer. And yes, I know that you run while playing. But the thought of running for running’s sake…it’s just not for me.

And while running isn’t my thing, I do have the utmost respect for runners. The dedication most runners have to the sport—to push the body, mind and spirit—is incredibly inspiring to me. Which is why I will be cheering from the sidelines for this weekend’s Pittsburgh Marathon.

Now that you know what I don’t do…let’s talk about what I do do.


I thought it would be fun to pull some recipes worthy of the pre- and post-race day meals.

pasta on a fork

24 hours before the race meals:



green thumb smoothie

Morning of the race meals (aka SMOOTHIES!):

Post race meals:

  • Find your favorite restaurant that is within walking distance, grab a beer (or chocolate milk), and eat what you want. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, I would suggest a hearty dose of Pamela’s.
  • Take-out.

Additional Resources:

Also, check out these great articles from No-Meat Athlete, one of my favorite food blogs:

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Emily Levenson is a change agent. She is adept at creating change in her own life and inspires others to do the same. You can find her creating change on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and within the Propelle community.

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