How I Eat – A Runner’s “Diet”

Turkey, the perfect runner's protein! -photo by Kathy Kohlbeck

Turkey, the perfect runner’s protein! -photo by Kathy Kohlbeck

I know what you’re saying…  “Diet?”  I don’t diet, but I choose food that will help me re-hydrate, recover, and rebuild my body since I run so much.  Below is what I eat on a typical running day, but I also like to eat the foods suggested by Tara Gidus at runDisney, especially salmon!


  • Coffee with cream and sweetener
  • Banana or oatmeal bar
  • 16 ounces of water

Breakfast (after a morning run):

  • Coffee with cream and sweetener
  • two over-easy eggs, toast, and sausage, or a chocolate-banana-strawberry-peanut butter-almond milk smoothie


  • Peanut butter or tuna sandwich (no mayo) or with crackers
  • Apple
  • Oatmeal bar
  • 32 ounces of water

Snack or second lunch:

  • Grapes, raisins, apple, or banana
  • Gummy fruit snacks
  • another peanut butter sandwich (heheh)

Dinner (when not running in the morning):

  • 2 boiled eggs with white rice or whole wheat bread
  • Juice
  • Almond milk
  • My daughter’s leftovers  (hehehe)
  • A glass of wine or a bottle of beer
  • Water (at least 32 ounces of water)

Dinner (when I running the next morning):

  • my mommy-in-law’s chicken adobo with rice (two plates full)
  • Water (at least 32 ounces of water)
  • My kids’ leftovers

Keep in mind that this is only a list.  I didn’t write down QUANTITIES.  If you saw me every day, you’d ask, “do you ever stop eating/drinking?”  Some of my co-workers do.  🙂  It is important to remember that as you work out or run more, your recommended calorie intake increases.  I only eat enough to where I feel satisfied and energetic.  If you feel lethargic, you need ENERGY!  Grab a snack and water! (speaking of snacks, try my favorite smoothie that I make myself and you can too!)

I hope that I inspired you to eat a little better.  Make sure you check out the runDisney Blog for more tips and fun.  Happy running, folks!


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