On Monday, April 20th, 2015, 36,000 runners from around the world lined up in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and embarked upon the world’s most celebrated 26.2-mile journey to Boylston Street – the Boston Marathon.

For those who haven’t yet had the chance to run a marathon (put it on your bucket list), here’s what it feels like to cross the finish line. First, euphoria: all those early morning 20-milers paid off. Second, exhaustion. Third, hunger. Ravenous, all-consuming, my-esophagus-isn’t-wide-enough hunger.

Every runner has his or her own post-run food rituals. Here’s a rundown of some of the wildest post-race rituals we witnessed after Marathon Monday:

A Pan of Brownies


Photo by Alison Mally

“I find that the more calories I eat after the race, the better I feel. I have a ritual of making a pan or two of very greasy brownies after a race. After I’ve had a pan of brownies, I feel strong enough to start thinking about healthy food.” – Anonymous marathoner and triathlete

Roasted Artichokes Stuffed with Anchovy Paste


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“Runners lose a lot of salt through sweat. I always eat a large plate of salt-roasted artichokes stuffed with anchovy paste after a long endurance event. It sounds disgusting… but trust me, nothing tastes better in the heat of the moment!” – Anonymous three-time marathoner and ultramarathoner

We’ll take your word for it.

Jar of Peanut Butter Mixed with Bananas and Pickles


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“I eat pickles to replenish to salt stores…. And the bananas are there to justify the jar of peanut butter.” – Anonymous marathoner

I’m with you, bro. PB for the win.

Deer Meat Burgers


Photo by Austin Steele

“I crave meat after a long run… at home, my dad makes delicious burgers out of deer meat instead of the traditional beef patty.” – Selena Pasadyn, Harvard Varsity Cross Country runner

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