8 BEST Post Summer Run Treats

Summer is here which means it's hot as hell 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If running in a fiery inferno is your thing than let your freak flag fly. Mother Nature just brought us from bake to broil this week which means it's time to dig deep, throw out a few more mid run F bombs and swim through those muggy runs. To help motivate you through those hellish summer runs, here are 8 of my favorite post summer run treats --

BEER(S)

Post Run Beer

Nothing says success like a crisp, cold and delicious beer. Beer is the perfect post run treat because it's delicious and refreshing. Enough said.

Popsicle

Popsicle

One of my favorite races, the Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run, gives out huge Popsicles after you cross the finish line. Why is this the best idea ever? Because it's cold, sugary and a party in your mouth.

Mojito

Mojito

What's better on a hot day after a grueling run than the perfect combination of sweet sugary rum and refreshing mint? I'd fill my handheld with mojitos if I knew that wouldn't end badly.

Smoothie

Smoothie

I am a lover of a fruit smoothie year round but there's a special place in my heart for smoothies on a hot day. Throw some chia seeds or protein powder in there and you have our only truly healthy (and delicious) post run option on this list.

Margarita

margarita

This needs no explaining. Sweet and sour, margaritas are always invited to the post run after party. On ice or blended, you literally cannot go wrong. (Unless you get it without salt. Then you're wrong. Gotta replenish those electrolytes right?)

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt is like the mullet of the desert world. It's business in the front and killer party in the back. Healthy enough that you aren't like, "I probably shouldn't" and delicious enough that you're like, "No regrets." Fro-yo is a gift to mankind.

Ice Cream

ice cream

When in doubt, get an ice cream cone. Cold, sweet, soothing and unbelievably delicious -- a post run ice cream is something that will cool you off and top off your happy tank.

Chocolate Milk/Milkshake

milkshake

When all else fails, there is nothing more refreshing after a run than a chocolate milk. Also leaning towards the healthier column, chocolate milk has protein and stuff that is good for you. But if you're feeling really frisky, get a milkshake because LIVE YOUR LIFE!

Remember summer running is all about hydration so make sure you're drinking those fluids before, during and after your runs. And never forget to reward yourself after those sweaty summer runs. Like the old saying goes, the coolest people in the bar are always the ones who are the sweatiest. (That sounded a lot cooler in my head.) Happy summer running friends. Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.