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

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.