Hey there Friday, you sexy SOB! I’ve missed you. I’ve also missed teaming up with the ever lovely Friday Five Crew! Mar @ Mar on the Run, Courtney @ Eat, Pray, Run, DC and Cynthia @ You Signed Up for What?! With National Running Day as this week’s theme, I’ve decided to slap together 5 Favorite Fuels for The Long Run. I need to wax poetic about The Long Run because I’m going to be missing it while training for my next marathon using the Hansons Method. Relive my Big Training Decision HERE. ERMAGHERD is right.
Fueling for the Long Run is imperative. And with the amount of GUs, gels, wafers, waffles and other shit floating around the market, there are plenty of options ranging from totally synthetic to natural-as-can-be goodness. While we all would love to eat as clean as we can, there are times ripping open a GU because you are so rushed you barely brushed your teeth but had to get in a workout- is totally in order. Here are 5 of Colby’s Go To Fuels!
- Salted Watermelon GU. I’m going traditional up in here. Well traditional in GU, not really in flavor. I discovered this little bad boy last summer and posted about it HERE. Read the yumminess. I know it sounds like Franken-GU but it’s delicious. They’ve got salty and sweet totally covered. And it works. I don’t usually have GI problems with GUs or gels which is why I usually stash ‘em in my pocket for runs or ride. This little packet of happiness and Salted Caramel are my all-time faves. Can you tell I’m sodium challenged? If I could run with a salt lick, I totally would. This is why I also love Bloody Mary’s, but not as running fuel. Crazy Pants…
- Jelly Belly Sports Beans. I had the ABSOLUTE pleasure of going to the Mother Jelly Belly Ship and watching how these guys are born. It was awesome! I’m a fan of the jelly bean on long runs. It’s something about chewing. I like to chew. I may have been a ruminant in a previous life. Jelly Beans have saved me on many occasions. And they even come with caffeine if you’re so inclined. Yes I am inclined. Tina thinks Jelly Beans are the Next Superfood. Read her thoughts HERE.
- Skratch Labs’ Fruit Drops. These are the BOMB. And they’re new on the scene. I just got them and unlike beans and gels, they not tooth-shockingly sweet. They’re a pectin based energy chew with a specific ration of glucose and fructose that is flavored only with real fruit. There are no coloring agents, flavorings or waxes which are commonly added to other products like this. I have the raspberry and they are outstanding. Juicy even. If that makes sense. They’re my new Go-To pre-made portable. And they work. Imagine that? A product that actually does what it says it’s gonna do. Yum. Yum. And yum.
- Mejdool Dates. They may be ugly, but they are DELISH. They’re also Having Their Moment. One pitted medjool date—easy to pop in your mouth mid-stride—is 66 calories and has 18 grams of carbohydrates. Medjools are low-medium on the Glycemic Index so you get smaller fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels. Read: More sustained energy without the “sugar crash”. But pit those bitches. You don’t want to be mid-stride and break your chompers.
- Chocolate & Sea Salt Sticky Bites. What more is there to say except GET IN MY BELLY. Another Skrtach Labs’ creation. If you are totally over buying pre-made, pre-packaged, pre-sugared-within-an-inch-of-it’s-life products and have time to make something far more “real” and natural, check out Skratch Labs’ Feed-Zone-Poratbles Cookbook. The recipes are not hard at all- especially if you have a rice cooker. I whip out bars for riding all the time. And they’re delicious. In a perfect world, we fuel with REAL food. If you have the time, the Feed Zone Cookbooks are really exceptional. Chococlate Salty Balls? Why yes, please! Recipe courtesy of Skratch Labs.
Chocolate & Sea Salt Sticky Bites!
1 cup uncooked sticky rice
1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
2 cups water
1 table spoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate (chips or shaved)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of salt to taste
1) Combine oats, rice and water with a dash of salt in a rice cooker and cook. Let cool to the touch
2) In a medium bowl, combine the cooked rice and oats with the remaining ingredients. Stir to incorporate the flavor throughout the sticky mixture
3) Press into an airtight storage container or shape as individual bites, Sprinkle with chocolate and salt (careful not to add too much salt here…a little goes a long way)
Storing / Wrapping: Sticky bites can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container or individually wrapped.
Storage: Press the sticky mixture into a shallow airtight container and top with plastic wrap. Simply cut and wrap the bites as you need.
Wrap: Place a heaping tablespoon of the sticky mixture on a small piece of plastic wrap. Press into a shape like an ice cube or spoon. Roll plastic wrap lengthwise and then twist the ends like a hard candy wrapper.
What’s your go-to premade fuel? What’s your natural fuel? Salty or Sweet? GO!