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How I Fuel During Long Training Runs + Weekly Workouts

Last week I shared two very exciting posts;

  1. My first official month of training for the Rock N Roll Seattle Marathon
  2. My full review of Kayla Itsines’s 12 week Bikini Body Guide program

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know every Monday I do a “Weekly Workouts” post and for the past 12 weeks that’s also contained an update on how I was doing with the Bikini Body Guide. Now that I’ve officially completed that it’s time to close that chapter and move onto a new one….MARATHON TRAINING!

I have about 3.5 months until my first full marathon but time flies! I have to start building up my mileage now to ever get comfortable with the thought of running 26.2 miles AH! So instead of Bikini Body Guide updates you all are now going to be part of this crazy journey of running my first marathon. The good, the bad, the ugly…

After weeks of being sick and just kind of off track I did my first long run yesterday. It was a slow, steady pace but hey you have to start somewhere.

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I had gone out for drinks the day before and probably had a few too many glasses of champagne…oops! I don’t know about other runners but I swear I can’t even have 1 drink without it ruining my workout the next day.

Thank goodness that I have the whole fueling during long training run thing down or I would have been dead come mile 2.

I swear by Clif Shot Bloks and Nuun Hydration tabs for long runs (hungover or not hungover HA). SO when Clif sent me a box of Shot Bloks and their Recovery Protein I was thrilled. I had only tried the Strawberry flavor of the Shot Bloks so when I saw flavors like Margarita, Orange and Tropical Punch I was thrilled.

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When I’m about to head out on a long training run I always put 2-3 Shot Bloks into my running pouch along with my keys and phone then clip my water bottle over the belt to hold it in place.

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I then ALWAYS put 1/2 a Nuun tab into my little 6oz water bottle so that I can give my body necessary electrolytes on long runs. Plain water just isn’t going to cut it when you’re out there running 10+ miles.

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Now more about the Shot Bloks! Not only do they come in different flavors but they have different functions. You can see the Margarita flavor has extra sodium and the Orange (my favorite) has a little caffeine to give you that little extra push when you don’t think you can possibly take another step. This really allows you to customize your nutrient intake during runs.

When I’m running say 12 miles I usually have a Shot Blok at about mile 4, 7, 10 to keep me going. The Bloks dissolve very quickly and are delicious. I honestly snack on them sometimes when I just need a little pick me up at work.

Another huge benefit of Clif Shot Bloks is that they don’t irritate my stomach. I’ve tried 98327493 different gelts/ gu’s/ straight up honey/ beans and everything but Shot Bloks instantly makes me sick to my stomach.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CREATING THIS PRODUCT CLIF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These little miracle Bloks are so effective and so easy to just throw in your pocket or running pouch and go!

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Post run I was so excited to get home to try Clif’s Chocolate Protein Recovery mix. The nutritional breakdown of this stuff is almost perfectly tailored to what a running needs post workout; protein (whey), carbs, sodium and potassium.

I blended 1 packet with vanilla almond milk, 1/2 a banana, 1 Tbsp of peanut butter and ice…HEAVEN! I felt so satisfied and honestly felt like having those extra nutrients helped me snap right back into reality when normally all my energy is drained post run.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Clif Shot Bloks for years I am very pleased to see that their recovery drinks are equally as wonderful. I did receive these products for free but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I usually buy my Clif Shot Bloks at Target or Amazon. I’d honestly recommend just buying 1 pack from Target and try them out. If you love them (which I know you will) go onto Amazon and get creative with the different flavor combinations.

Enjoy and happy running!

 

Weekly Workouts: 

  • Monday: yoga
  • Tuesday: 3 easy miles + yoga sculpt
  • Wednesday: yoga sculpt
  • Thursday: 6 miles
  • Friday: REST
  • Saturday: yoga sculpt
  • Sunday: 13 miles

 

Your Turn,

How do you fuel during long training runs?

Have you ever tried Clif Shot Bloks?

What workouts are you doing this week?


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8 Comments

  • Reply Kat March 7, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I used Cliff shots a ton when I was playing soccer tournaments. Playing 4 games in a day [in 100 degree Arizona heat] can really put some stress on the body, and those Cliff shots helped me to push pass the fog that would take over in my body after a game or two. No matter how many bananas or energy bars I ate between games I always needed a pick me up during the game too!
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    • Reply Diana Becker March 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

      It’s amazing how those tiny little Bloks are so powerful right? Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things March 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve never tried these but I used to use the Gu Energy Chews! I mostly use the Gu gels now and even though the texture is strange, I find that it helps me a lot! Question- do you find that these are hard/difficult to chew when you run? That was my only problem with the chews, but I’d cut them in half so they were smaller. Have a great week!

    • Reply Diana Becker March 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      They’re so easy to chew and dissolve very quickly! I eat them while I run without water and am fine. They’re soooooo tasty you’ll want more haha! Go to Target and get some they’re only like $2 per package and let me know how you like them 🙂

  • Reply Kellen March 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    OMG Margarita Cliff Shot Bloks?! I need those in my life. I’ve been training with the strawberry flavor and I love it. I usually have 2-3 chews around miles 3-4, 7-8, and 10-11 depending on the total distance I’m running. I haven’t tried their protein recovery drink but it looks awesome so I may have to pick some up! I’m seriously so excited for your marathon updates. Your slow pace is actually perfect since your marathon pace will be slower than your half pace. If you need a running buddy for a few of the miles, let me know and I’ll hop in on one of your long runs for a bit — it makes the time go faster when you run with someone usually 😉
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    • Reply Diana Becker March 8, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Kellen they’re so good! I’m also obsessed with the Orange flavor! Check them out on Amazon! Oh I will definitely be texting you when these long runs start happening…AHHH!

  • Reply Beverley @ BORNTOSWEAT March 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Nuun is my go to! I love that stuff and drink it whenever I’ve been training fairly hard.
    I was lucky that Clif sent me a bunch of free samples once and the bloks were in there. So yummy 🙂

    • Reply Diana Becker March 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      First of all I love your new blog name and design! Nuun is my favorite I drink it during training, at work, to cure a hangover…haha anything!

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