The Runner’s Guide To Eating Out

Sample Menu Ideas and Suggestions

Here are a couple sample menu options and suggestions for making them less likely to cause you problems the night before a race.

Macaroni Grill: Make your own pasta bowl

— Spaghetti pasta (whole-wheat if not pre-race)

— Pomodoro sauce (aka marinara)

— Topped with fresh spinach (one veggie if pre-race, more if not)

— Add roasted chicken OR shrimp

Chili’s/American Diner

— Classic Sirloin 6-oz Steak: 6-oz sirloin with butter; side of seasonal veggies and loaded mashed potatoes.

Adapt to: get butter served on side, get veggies steamed and swap a baked potato for the mashed.

— Classic Turkey Toasted Sandwich: with lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese and mayo on Texas wheat toast; a side of fries.

Adapt to: swap mustard instead of mayo, white bread over wheat and get a side of chicken noodle soup or rice instead of fries. If it’s pre-race opt out of the lettuce.

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About The Author:

Caitlin Chock set the then National High School 5k Record (15:52.88) in 2004. Still an avid runner, she works as a freelance writer and artist.

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