Long Run Bites

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Getting ready for the Daytona 100 I’ve been experimenting with eating more real food during my longer runs. Don't get me wrong, I still use gels, but for longer runs (sometimes 6 plus hours) I like to eat real food. Too much sugar in my stomach doesn't sit well with me. I've been making my energy bits and decided to jazz them up a little bit. Add some more good stuff to make them super nourishing, anti-immflamatory, and a good balance of good carbs and fats.  

I added:

Montmorency tart cherries which have been shown to reduce muscle pain and inflammation. I love to put them in a homemade trail mix or eat them on their own.

Maca, which is an adaptogen which helps increase stamina and supports the endocrine system, adrenals and thyroid. 

MCT oil for energy. ( This article from Ultrarunner Magazine explains why we need fat

 

Here's how you make them:

Long Run Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  •  1/2 cup nut butter
  •  2/3 cup coconut flakes
  •  1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
  •  1/3 agave or maple syrup
  •  1/3 cup flax meal or chia seeds
  •  1t vanilla extract 
  • 1 T maca
  • 1 T MCT oil
  • 1/4 cup montmorency cherries

Put all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips and cherries in a food processor and blend til mixed. If it gets too dry add more maple syrup. Then slowly add in the chocolate chips and cherries. You just want them to mix in and still be whole.

Last week I picked up “Eat & Run” by Scott Jurek and read it again. I think I've read it about four times now. The whole running aspect is obviously super inspiring, but this time reading it I was inspired by how simple he ate. It really reminded me that you don't have to go crazy and make things super fancy or complicated.

Anyways, I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

xo