Give this girl a snickers

After taking a day off of running on Saturday and a solid 8 hours of sleep that night, I was ready to knock out a long run bright and early. I fueled up the requisite coffee, banana, whole wheat toast, and nutella (a.k.a. the best thing in the world).

nutella

Before my run, I assembled all of the essentials: metrocard, cash, keys, ipod, and luna moons (on the run fuel!).

long run gear

And then the run began! I ended up running for 2 hours and 15 minutes, approximately 16 miles. Didn’t intend to go this long, but I was feelin’ good, so I went with it. The first 6 miles were with Alma and then the rest were solo. I forgot the charge my battery on my Nike+, so this run could have been anywhere between 15 and 16 miles, but I’m going to call it 16 because I don’t think I was going very slow. Midway through the run I timed the uphill mile in Central Park (W. 72nd – W. 88th) and it was 8:00, seems hard to believe I was running that fast of a pace, but maybe? At the 2 hour mark I ran what felt like “half-marathon” pace for about a mile. I have no idea what kind of pace it actually was (7:30 pace….maybe), but it felt HARD. I stashed some water in the park and had a few swigs of that around mile 11. I also ate some luna moons throughout the latter half of the run. The sugar really helped my energy levels. My right hip and IT band are a little tight now, but no problems during the run. Also, it was a beautiful sunny day. Huzzah for good long runs!

As soon as I walked in the door I started making a pot of oatmeal. I multi-tasked by stretching my IT band while I waited for the oats to cook 🙂

I made oats in a jar – rolled oats, 1% milk, chopped apple, chocolate chips, and brown sugar were cooked on the stove and then transferred to an almost empty jar of Crazy Richard’s peanut butter. Perfecto!

oats in a jar

oats in a jar

Awhile later I was in need of a snack. I was feelin’ a little lazy, so I grabbed a box of Kashi Go Lean Crunch and went to town. I probably had about 2 servings (that’s a lot of fiber, yo!) while I read a book in bed. Since I’ve increased my mileage and workout intensity, I’ve noticed a few changes in how I’m feeling. For example, I am definitely requiring more sleep than usual. Yesterday I took a 2 hour nap and today I snoozed between 2-3pm. Naps are one of my favorite ways to recover from a long run!

Kashi Go Lean Crunch

After I roused myself from my nap, I was a busy bee cleaning the kitchen floor, finishing up a writing assignment, and foam rolling my tight IT band. Before I knew it, it was time to meet Agnes for a 5pm yoga class. After all that pre-nap Kashi I wasn’t feeling too hungry, so I didn’t pack a snack. BIG MISTAKE. I often experience bouts of hypoglycemia and running high mileage seems to exacerbate it a bit. By the time I exited the subway and was en route to the yoga studio, my blood sugar was starting to drop. Luckily, I was able to buy a Snickers almond bar and I inhaled it in about 60 sec0nds. I started feeling better almost immediately (sugar!!). As much fun as it is to gobble down candy, the shaky, lightheaded feeling I get from low blood sugar is NOT fun. The weirdest thing is that the drop in blood sugar comes on very suddenly – in fact I never even feel hungry. I just go from being fine to “get out of my way and give me some food right.this.minute!” Bah, this is something I’m still trying to figure out – it makes marathon training tough!

yoga

Snickers

After the Snickers bar I was feeling much, much better and went on to have a great yoga practice. My stiff hip flexors really appreciated all of the stretching that we did. Along with higher mileage comes more tightness! The 5pm class at Yoga to the People is such a great way to end the weekend. Love it.

After a little Trader Joe’s pit stop, I came home to make a mexican-themed salad. My fruit & veggie intake was a little sparse today, so I loaded up a bowl with romaine lettuce, alfafa sprouts, salsa, cottage cheese, and organic corn tortilla chips. And then more tortilla chips straight outta the bag because they were so good!

Salsa salad

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If you had to gobble down a candy bar what kind would it be?? (Sometimes I think candy bars aren’t much different from fancy energy bars and they’re usually cheaper!)

  • My favorite candy bar used to be reeses fastbreak. OMG were those good
    Great run! How do you fit all those tihngs on your person comfortably?

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  • Yummmm, your talk of nutella is making me hungry. I haven’t been reading that long (you might be vegetarian?), but where’s your protein at today? Is the cottage cheese enough?

  • If I had to gobble down a candy bar, it’s probably be straight up hershey’s. Or those white chocolate cookies & creme hersheys. And, yeah, I agree with you on the difference between energy bars and candy bars – eerily similar. I think the dead giveaway on that was when snickers started making their marathon bars…

  • Kristin

    Definitely Twix! They’re my favorite. ..Congrats on a great run!!

  • GREAT job w. the run! you SO deserved like 10 snickers! got me wanting a candy bar now..

  • Congrats on your long run! Did 16 miles today too! 🙂 Your oats look especially good today…making me want some tomorrow morning. 🙂

  • IEatDC – I’m not a strict vegetarian, but I very rarely eat meat. Between the peanut butter (2Tbs = 8 g), Kashi Go Lean Crunch (2 cups = 18 g), cottage cheese (1 cup = 30g) I got at least 56 grams of protein. Plus there’s some protein in the other things I ate – ww bread, oatmeal, milk, etc. For my weight and height I’ve found 60 grams of protein to be adequate.

  • Oh man, I can PUT AWAY a payday if it crosses my path…

  • Amazing run – you’re going to rock the half next month!! 🙂

    Also, in my opinion, that’s the perfect oats combination!

  • Evan – I stashed the keys and the luna moons in the rear pocket of my running tights and I keep the metro card and $$ in the pocket of my running jacket. And I carry the ipod. A girl’s gotta be prepared!

  • I’m a snickers gal all the way, no doubt about it. Amazing job on the long run, particularly with your uphill speeds. Naps are fabulous and restorative!

    Gah, it’s been ages since I’ve done either a YTTP podcast or live class. I need to change that real soon.

  • That’s a speedy 16 miles!! my favorite candy bars are Snickers and Twix, hands down!

  • LOVE nutella and banana combo 🙂

    I’d go with Twix…although I’m also a fan of Almond Joy 🙂

  • Coffee Crisp. I love love love coffee crisp!

    If I had to pick something that’s more chocolate bar than candy bar, I would say either Cadbury Fruit ‘n Nut or Lindt Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut.

  • Jessica

    I have the same problem with those sudden hunger strikes. I try to always carry snacks.

  • I hate it when that happens with my blood sugar too. It is the worst feeling!! If I had to inhale a candy bar I would go with my all time favorite…TWIX!

  • Gotta love a good Snickers bar, but I’m also a sucker for Reese’s Cups and Butterfingers… that peanut and chocolate combination get me every time!

  • Yay for a super duper long run but boo to that low blood sugar dip. I cannot stand feeling like that – it’s the worst!
    I tried out a couple of yoga to the people classes online after you mentioned them before and they’re ace!

  • It’s a good thing the NYC corner store comes to the rescue! It’s the perfect reason to eat a candy bar.

    I love Reese’s (not technically a bar, but still). If they bottled the smell, I would wear it. Love love love.

  • One of my old trainers use to recommend candy bars after a tough workout. My favorite is probably snickers though I have never had the almond one.

  • Ellen

    Snickers all the way! I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had one though. Maybe I should just crank out 16 miles to justify the splurge 😉

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  • I can’t remember the last time I had a candy bar, maybe I will have to be a kid again and indulge:)

  • Em

    I LOVE Nutella!For Valentines Day my roommate made a heart-shaped cookie cake and we topped it off with Nutella! SO yummy 🙂

  • saturday

    I had oatmeal after my long run (a measly 12.5 miles) yesterday too. I diced up a banana and mixed it in to the oatmeal with chocolate covered almonds and greek yogurt (plus some salt to get the electrolytes back).

  • My favorite candy is Rolos. Totally bad so I opt for Powerbars, protein plus, chocolate p-nut butter. That tastes like candy to me.
    Great run! Super time!

  • Emily

    I also suffer from low blood sugar problems. They seem to be really random (and scary)! I had one last Friday and I had eaten well throughout the day and had a lighter workout day (elip, not run). geeez. I always carry snacks!

  • A snickers sounds good to me! Or maybe some reese’s cups…yum 🙂

  • Snickers would definately have to be my all time favorite candy bar. Growing up I’d put them in the freezer for a bit and then munch on it. So much better than the snickers ice cream bars you can buy.

  • Oohh a Nutella fan – the first blog I’ve seen with it!!
    I totally get how you feel with the hypo. thing – I get it all the time. I’ll be not hungry for ages and then crazywoman hunger hits me out of the blue!! I NEVER leave the house without a snack now 🙂
    And wow – 16miles!! That’s so awesome 🙂 I’m hopinh for a 14miler on Wednesday….

  • Ugh, that low blood sugar feeling is the worst! It comes on so randomly sometimes. I usually go for juice or regular pop to get that quick hit of sugar. I sometimes run with some fruit snacks or even a pack of sugar in my pocket just in case. When I have a candy bar, it’s almost always Snickers, too! Yum!
    Congrats on the 16 miles, by the way. That’s impressive!

  • I love Twix bars! Those fake artificial protein bars are like candy bars bleh I don’t like them. I prefer Clif bars or Larabars and the like. Maybe you should keep a bar or candy in your purse for those emergencies!

  • Wow!!! 16 miles!! I love those runs where you feel like you could go forever! I’m with you…why stop when you’re feeling so fabulous!? I wish those runs weren’t so far and few between, however 🙂

    I love Twix and Kit-Kats – yummm!

  • Kacey

    I know exactly what you’re talking about–and hate when that low blood sugar feeling comes on. I’ve found that I’ve gotten it under better control by eating snacks (especially fruit, yay natural sugar) between meals, even if I don’t feel hungry.

    Nice run this weekend! On Saturday, I put in my last 20 miler before the March marathon I’m running 🙂

    And for candy bars, Take Fives (pretzels, peanut butter, awesomeness) and Reese’s Cups (does this count? it’s not a bar, but certainly is candy…) are at the top of my list!

  • Holy cow that’s a long run!

    I can’t really handle candy bars because of all the refined sugar. I have to sugar up with natural sugars or I get terrible headaches and blood sugar crashes.

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