Running, How Many Calories You Burn and What You Get to Eat

I run to eat. I often get asked what I think about during my really long runs. What's my answer? “What I will be eating when I finish.” Nothing is better motivation through the 20 mile slump of a marathon than the amount of cupcakes, beer, and steak I will be consuming once I cross the finish line. When you're running your first half marathon and you're not sure if you can make it, imagine the fried chicken and waffles you will enjoy at brunch and let that carry you over the finish line.

oh my god food

There are tons of calorie counters out there that will tell you approximately how many calories you burn when you run. It all depends on how far you went, what you weigh, if the course was flat or hilly, and of course how fast you went. Are those beautiful numbers completely accurate? No, but they are a good ballpark. So let's discuss the amount of calories you burn running a 5k (3.1 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), and marathon (26.2 miles). For our numbers let's assume the runner is a 150lb human running 9 minute miles. READY? Now remember, everything is approximate but let’s play my new favorite game, “WHAT I GET TO EAT WHEN I RUN!”

5K: 352 Calories


2 cupcakes


2 beers

10k: 703 Calories


5 cupcakes


4 beers


1 cheeseburger, small fries, and 1 beer


1 order of pancakes and 1 beer


2 slices of pizza and 1 beer


1 lobster roll and 2 beers

Half Marathon: 1500 Calories


11 cupcakes


Steak, eggs, frites and 1-2 beers


1 cheeseburger, fries, and 1-2 beers


Fried Chicken and biscuit platter (no beer you know what HAVE A BEER, TREAT YOURSELF.)


Pancakes, eggs, hash browns, and 1 beer


3 lobster rolls


3 slices of pizza and 3 beers


1 HUGE burrito (go easy on the fixins' and you can have 1-2 beers)


Omelet, hash browns, and 2 beers

Marathon: 3200 Calories


Pretty much whatever the hell you want. All the food, all the beer


21 cupcakes.

See! Want to know what makes Brunch even more fun? WHEN IT'S COMPLETELY (OR NEARLY COMPLETELY) GUILT FREE!!!! The next time you see me running a marathon, just know I am silently chanting to myself, "Steak. Cupcakes. Burritos. Beer. Steak. Cupcakes. Burritos. Beer."

OOF now I'm hungry! What's your favorite post race meal? Until tomorrow #RunSelfieRepeat.


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.