Friday Five – Favorite Fuels for Running

October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014 

Happy Friday! Today I am linking up with MarCourtney, and Cynthia and the theme is Five Favorite Fuels for Running (or Fitness Activity).  Timing of this post is great as I have a 20 miler tomorrow. I’ll be interested to see what everyone else has on their list.  Here are my five (they are a bit vanilla): 

1. {Pre-Run} Go Bananas!

Pretty much a staple for both short and long distances. 

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2. {Pre-Run} Peanut, Peanut Butter or Almond Butter

I will have this for longer runs, accompanied with sliced bananas and toast/English muffin.  This was my pre-race meal before the Wineglass Half.

3. {Run} Water + Nuun

I prefer water, but I know that alone is not sufficient for my body for long runs.  I am not a huge fan of the regular yellow/orange/red Gatorade on courses (too sweet for me, I usually dilute it a bit).  I use Nuun tablets for my long run – my favorites are Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade.  (here is a short Nuun post I wrote a few weeks ago).  

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Image: Nuun

4. {Run} Building (Clif) BLOKS

When I started running, I tried a gel and did not like it at all (I know people who love them).  I’ve been using Clif Shot BLOKS since 2007. I like the size of the packaging (slim) and the cherry flavors.  It will be nice to find some alternatives, as I tend to get tired of the taste (again, a bit sweet).

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Image: Clif Shot BLOKS

5. {Post-Run} Going (Coco) Nuts!

I was first introduced to chocolate flavored Zico Coconut Water following the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon. I always have one chilled in my fridge – 14 fl oz of awesome!

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Image: Zico Coconut Water

Of course coconut water is not the only item I have for my post-run fuel 😉

Do you have any similar items on your list?

Exciting plans for this weekend?

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