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Simply the Best

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

I never make New Year's resolutions. Each day I aim to be better/smarter, stronger, and fitter than the day before. I guess you can say I aim to be 'simply the best' in all aspects of my life. And 'best' is not in comparison to someone else, it is 'my best'. If my end-game was to beat someone, I wouldn't have been in the run for as long as I have. It reminds me of a quote I once read somewhere:

The race is long and hard, and in the end, it's only against yourself.

And so I set out early this morning, determined to run 2 hours. Usually I run on empty in the mornings, save for half a banana on longer runs (>10K). But I'm trying to take better care of my body and fuel properly for training. So I started with a small banana (a whole one) and a large glass of water 20 minutes prior to running. I also never carry fluids or foods with me on my runs, mainly because I find it impossible to sip/chew while I run. This morning, however, I filled a 180 mL (6 fl. oz.) bottle with half AA sport drink (which I still had from my Bruggenloop) and half water. I find sport drinks too sweet, so therefore I dilute them. I also packed a dehydrated banana.
My hydration/fueling game plan was to take a 1 minute walking break every 7.5K to drink 1-2 fl. oz. and to chew some banana at the 15K mark. I actually followed through with this plan, although I think my breaks amounted to 1 minute total. I ended up running 22.5K in those 2 hours!

So yeah, it may have 'cost' me some time walking instead of running to nourish myself, but I felt way less worn out after my run than I usually do after long runs of 15K and above. The dehydrated banana wasn't the best snacking choice though, I might try something less chewy next time, but it was better than nothing.

While we're on the topic of bests, trails, and nutrition, I want to share with you a current snacking favorite in our household:

The best trail mix... is the one you make at home <3
The mix:

  • 100 g (2 c) Nestle Honey Shreddies (or use your own favorite cereal)
  • 129 g (a little less than 1.5 c) ChicNuts roasted chickpeas, Sicilian Herbs & Garlic flavor (I actually bought this at Woolworths in Australia)
  • 57 g (0.5 c) goji berries
  • 77 g (1 c) banana chips
  • 140 g (1 c) raw jungle peanuts
  • 129 g (1 c) raw almonds
  • 100 g (1 c) caramelized roasted pumpkin seeds (I bought a can from Trader Joe's at the Lidl)

The above will yield 13 servings of 1/2 cup (56 g):


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