Sunday, February 10, 2013

20 miles, pretty toes, treats, but not in that order

If runners had mud flaps they would look like this.
 I am easily convinced to hang out with Susan and Amber, even if it means getting a pedicure the day before we go on a 20 mile trail run. The best part of the pedicure was the paraffin foot wrap-- I don't think my feet have been so soft since I started running. I was sure that the pedicure was no match for the muddy Pacific Northwest trails, but I was wrong!

Post run and shower, toes are still pretty! I sure don't look like I have ultrarunner feet. 

Before I broke my wrist, Susan and I had been talking about how we needed to start coming up with our own running treats. GU and gels get expensive and really don't taste that good. We also found ourselves taking chips and cookies as treats for longer runs. While it is nice to have an excuse to eat junk food every once and awhile, we knew we could come up with something just tasty but healthier. 

Now that I have a little bit more mobility with my wrist and can cook, I decided to try the versatile energy bar recipe from No Meat Athlete. I love the fact that it is really more of a formula for energy bars versus a recipe. That being said I did start out with one of the example recipes on the site: Maple Pumpkin Health Bars. The bars at first bite felt a little rubbery, but really didn't taste like it. They held together quite well, which is great for the trail. Susan and I both agreed that the bars needed more raisins. 

I think for next week I am going to make bars with black beans, peanut butter, bananas, pretzels and maybe a little coco powder. Maybe I am just shoving all my junk food into bar form. 


maple pumpkin health bars


and the 20 mile run...

ne 53rd - holman .20
holman - ww .76
ww-alder 3.40
alder - leif .84
leif - maple (1.5 - 4.20) 2.7
maple - leif 2.73
leif - saltzman .23
saltzman - ww .50
ww - birch (16-7.5) 8.5
birch - out .22
total 20.11


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