Well…somehow, someway, it is already FRIDAY! Time flies when you are having fun!!…or when you have a short work week…either way!! Friday means that it is time for Friday Favorites!
This week’s theme is food – so I am talking about my favorite fuel on my long runs!
The biggest pre long run morning rituals is making a fresh cup of coffee, over ice. The caffeine gives me an extra pep in my step 🙂
I would love to be able to sit down and enjoy my coffee when I drink it, but I am usually running behind and need to drink and run!
If I am REALLY planning ahead, I will make up some coffee cubes the day before so it isn’t as watered down… But that doesn’t happen often. Ha!
I save my hot coffee – or bulletproof coffee – for post run goodness 🙂
Most of my weekly runs are short enough that I can get away with just my handheld water bottle. The past couple long runs were the same way…or at least I could stop at the gas station for a water refill (we are practically on a first name basis…) and a Nuun refresher. I love those little individually wrapped Nuun tabs…perfect size to stash in my running belt or arm band for when I need a refill.
On the hot and/or humid morning long runs, or runs with long miles, I will take my Nathan’s hydration pack.
Usually, I keep Nuun cubes in the freezer (similar as the coffee cubes to keep my drink from tasting watered down) so I am sure I have a cold drink on the run.
When it comes to actual fuel on my run, I am sure to have a banana on hand…er, in my hand. Ha!
Yeah…warm bananas don’t taste as great as a room temp or cold one, but it works.
I need a “banana pocket” on the side of my shorts so I don’t have to carry it…nothing like finger warps along my banana from holding it for 5-6 miles.
I also enjoy taking tart cherries on the run. It is super easy to put a measures handful in a plastic bag and smashing it in my running belt or vest pocket.
Alternating between part of my banana and cherries usually keeps me moving through my longer miles.
This weekend, I am also packing a yummy Lara Bar. Simple ingredients, minimally processed goodness.
I have read about taking dates on the run, and a Lara Bar is just a little easier to carry than a bag of dates 🙂
…plus, I have a lot to choose from at home 🙂
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With the worst case scenario thoughts in mind, like bonking far from home, I generally carry a couple bucks so I can hit up a store or gas station and get a snack to keep me going. The past couple weekends, I have needed to stop on my final miles home to grab a pit stop and/or drink (refill). It always helps to be as prepared as possible 🙂
Well, that is all for this week!! I think I am going to like this Friday Favorites post! Check back in the following weeks to be sure I am not getting too busy to continue…
I am linking up with several other Friday Favorites, High Five Friday, Friday Five, etc. bloggers! Check out the links and have a great weekend!!