Fuel.

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You know, it’s funny.  Before having Zach, I never gave much thought to how I fueled my runs and I, quite frankly, didn’t need to.  But, as a breastfeeding active mom, I am ALWAYS hungry and the concept of fueling for my runs has become SUPER important to me.  At first, I would use Trop 50 apple juice (the full-cal stuff is just too sweet for me and I like the watered down version more) to give myself a little pick-me-up as I was noticing a “bonk” during even short runs (aka 3-4 miles).  I’ve talked about this before:  I am DEFINITELY WAY more hungry as a breastfeeding mom than I was as a pregnant lady.  And my runs often fall during times when I have not just eaten, as they happen when Zach naps.  This also tends to be when I eat, which obviously needs to happen after my run.  So often, I am entering a run hungry.  Never a plan for success. So, suffice to say, for long runs, trop 50 apple juice just doesn’t cut it. So here is what I have been doing.  About an hour before my run, I will jam a granola bar of some sort into my mouth; something around 150 calories.  Today it was two mini Snickers 😉  Then, if it is a long run, I use Clif Shot Blocks.

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Anyway, I will usually have 100 calories worth (3 shot blocks) but I wish I could have 500. I LOVE them SOOOO much. I love everything about them; taste, texture, EVERYTHING! I wish I could eat them all day.  Really.  I used to think these things would be gross.  But when I received a pack in my Rothman 8K goodie bag, I decided to try them; eh they were free right?!  The verdict?! LOVE them. So far I have tried cran-ras, and cherry. I have some strawberries and I am SURE I will love these as well.  The one thing is they make me REALLY thirsty; which most runner’s fuel products do, but I see this as a great thing; I NEED to drink more water.  So tell me; how do you fuel for a run?  

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