How to Brunch Best After Running

Brunch. The only time when it’s socially acceptable to drink before noon. Friends full of mimosa bubbles laughing over what’s not breakfast, but also not quite lunch. It’s easily one of your favorite ways to spend your lazy Sunday mornings.

You and your friends. Not pictured: the best avocado toast

We’ve all been there. It’s the weekend and like clockwork, your phone goes off with a group text from one of your friends suggesting a new brunch spot she heard about from her co-worker’s second cousin’s aunt’s best friend that supposedly has the best avocado toast. Normally, you’d already be requesting an Uber at this point but you’ve just remembered that morning run you’ve been pushing off for days weeks. You can’t give in now, you spent all week telling yourself you were going to run. No. Matter. What.

Actual reenactment of the exact moment you realized it was brunch vs. running

Being the responsible adult that you are (of course), you soon realize you’ll just have to find a way to do both. But wait! You know there’s bound to be some Instagram action because we all have that one friend who likes to document everything. You MUST be in that Boomerang video. I mean, did you really brunch if no one saw you clinking mimosas on their Instagram feed?

No. You absolutely did not.

So while you’d prefer not to look like you’ve been wandering the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights, you also don’t care to put on a bunch of makeup after your run. At this point, it seems like you’ll have to choose between getting your fitness on or quality time with your friends.

Well ladies, no need to give up the cardio or the carbs. The Ellie team has come up with the perfect strategy to go from morning run to morning fun. With our step-by-step guide, Ellie’s How to Brunch the Best After Running, you won’t have to sacrifice another run or brunch again.

Step 1: Pack the necessities beforehand so you don’t have to make another trip back home. Store your phone, headphones, keys, credit card, baby wipes, concealer, and mascara in your Ellie waist-pack.

Step 2: Run like you’ve taken something from Liam Neeson.

Step 3: HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE! Restoring your fluids should be your first priority after a run especially if you plan on taking advantage of those endless mimosas. The Ellie rose gold bottle insulates your water for up to 12 hours. Perfect for keeping your water or Gatorade (for electrolytes) cool in the summer heat.

Step 4: Take a baby wipe shower! Hit these critical points: forehead, back of neck, and armpits.

Step 5: Throw your hair up in a messy bun or braid it to the side. Remember, don’t put too much effort into this step, you want to give off the “IDGAF about how I look, but that’s part of my charm” vibe, so try to look like you’re not trying!

Step 6: If it really matters to you, concealer and mascara are your best friends here. Hide the redness and give your eyes a pop while still looking au naturale. Eating outside? Even better. Ditch the makeup for sunglasses, your new best friend.

Step 7: Don’t negate the calories you burned with your meal; you didn’t wake up early for nothing! Stick to the 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio to ensure your body has the right nutrients for post-workout recovery. Potatoes and whole-wheat breads are good carbohydrates that are high in glycogen (the stuff that gives you energy). Chicken breast, turkey, salmon, greek yogurt and eggs are great options for protein. Omelets with a side of whole-wheat toast or turkey/chicken sandwiches on whole-wheat toast make great post-run meals.

Step 8: Treat yourself to that mimosa but remember, moderation is key! Don’t go overboard here; calories in alcoholic drinks can quickly add up if you’re not careful. Lastly, ALWAYS remember to keeping drinking that water, especially if you plan to have alcohol. Your body needs to stay hydrated in order to properly recover after any form of exercise.

Now go out there and get your brunch on!

Have any other tips for brunching after a run? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to try them out at our next Sunday brunch.

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References:
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/09/10/what-to-eat-after-running
http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2014/07/beauty/run-to-brunch-in-5-steps_27095#jRwyf3i6EYUZS8iS.97
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