Strava shares the 10 most popular foods and drinks for runners

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Fact: Runners love food. It makes up the majority of what we think about and talk about—and for good reason. Proper fueling is important for good performance, whether it be during training or during a race. But sometimes, we just need to end a long run with an ice-cold beer or a slice of pizza or three.

Below, 10 of the most popular foods Strava users report eating the most of according to the ride- and run-tracking app's data. Burgers and beer? We’ll cheers to that.

10. Cookies

popular food and drink runners

You don’t have to skip dessert to maintain a healthy diet, and Strava users agree. Cookies were mentioned a total of 3,583 times in 2017, and athletes ate a collective 528 cookies per week between 16 April and 23 April 2018 (with runners almost 25 percent more likely to eat one than cyclists). Is this the secret snack that fuelled the London Marathon? 

Related: The average runner could fuel 13 marathons on this snack ALONE

9. Salad

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Salad got 4,482 mentions on Strava in 2017, and while it can sometimes get a bad rap for being boring, it doesn’t have to be. The right salad for athletes is nutritious and delicious, with a mixture of carbs, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that will help your performance. Try this quinoa and halloumi salad if you don't believe us. 

8. Burritos 

popular food and drink runners

You can stuff pretty much anything into a burrito, which is perhaps why the food got a total of 4,682 mentions last year on Strava. Chop up some chicken, peppers, avocados, black beans—whatever you’re in the mood for—and throw it on a bed of rice for a tasty lunch or dinner, or scramble up eggs and add in your favorite vegetables for a breakfast burrito. Either way, you can’t go wrong. 

7. Bananas

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One of the most popular fruits for runners, bananas were mentioned 7,622 times among Strava athletes in 2017 (and in one week alone, 619 were consumed).

Bananas contain potassium, a mineral that can help with muscle cramps. Plus, they’re great as run fuel—one medium banana packs about 27 grams of carbs, an efficient source of energy for longer distances that's easy on the stomach.

Related: 7 reasons why you should be eating the banana peel

6. Sandwiches

popular food and drink runners

How british - another extremely versatile food, sandwiches had 9,172 mentions on Strava last year. They also don’t take long to make, so they’re perfect for time-strapped athletes. 

5. Doughnuts

popular food and drink runners

Runners love a good doughnut, so much so that in the US there are clubs, shoes, and races dedicated to the sweet treat, and 11,499 mentions of it on Strava last year. And while they lack many performance-enhancing benefits, a postrun doughnut every once in a while won’t hurt. 

4. Burgers

popular food and drink runners

According to Strava, burgers were mentioned a whopping 20,486 times in 2017. They make a great postrun meal, providing protein, carbs, and a variety of vitamins and minerals depending on your toppings. Maybe a classic beef burger with cheese, lettuce, and tomato is more your style, or maybe you prefer a veggie, turkey, or salmon burger. Either way, there are plenty of options out there for a delicious way to recover.

Related: The 6 most delicious burger recipes for runners

3. Pizza

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Strava users consumed over 1,000 pizzas each week and mentioned it 24,788 times last year. But greasy takeaway slices don’t have to come to mind when you think “pizza.” There are multiple ways to build a better, healthier pizza and get all your essential nutrients—omega-3s, calcium, carbs, iron, protein, and fiber—on one plate. Take a look at these post-run pizza recipes for inspiration. 

2. Coffee

popular food and drink runners

It's safe to say that morning latte or flat white is a must-have for many runners—the beverage had 32,609 Strava mentions last year. And caffeine has a few more perks than just helping you wake up: it can improve your performance, brain health, heart health, and post-workout recovery.

1. Beer

popular food and drink runners

One thing is for sure: runners love their post-run beer. Strava users drank 14,972 beers in a week, and the beverage was mentioned 102,033 times in 2017, taking the number one slot.

And while a cold one is a great way to celebrate finishing a long run, there are also proven health benefits to beer (in moderation) such as lowering your risk of things like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. 

Related: Moderate beer intake has 'no ill effects' on post-run recovery

A version of this article appeared on Runnersworld.com