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Please don’t hit me..

So I think I need to make a shirt, with reflective lettering that says, “Please don’t run me over,” or even, “Please don’t hit me.” I swear I’m going to die by getting run over by a car on one of my runs.

Last night I was crossing the street and the lady inched out to make a turn. I tried to make eye contact but she was looking the other way so I paused. She kept inching forward and then I was almost directly next to her car and she looks at me shocked that I’m basically standing at her window and then I can just see the “Oh my gosh, what do I do, do I go, do I backup, where does she go” going through her mind. Thanks. Thanks a lot. Other than that cars have always been out to get me I think.

Anyways, I told you all about the one good thing in the goodie bag from the Long Beach 1/2, which were the Clif Shot Bloks. Let me just tell you, these guys are AMAZING and actually tasty, especially compared to the Gu products.

I ate a few before my race, and a few after and really felt like they gave me back what I was missing. Sometimes I feel that Gu doesn’t do enough for me, it gets me going, but after that, there’s not much there. I felt like not only did these bloks taste good, (shocking! something that tastes good?!) but they were easily edible and I could definitely see them becoming an easy go-to for my longer runs because they replenished me. They have the consistency of a big gusher and can be a little bit sticky. I wouldn’t leave them in a warm area.

The primary ingredient for the bloks is brown rice syrup which provides easily assimilated carbohydrates for working muscles. Both products also provide the mineral salts known as electrolytes. These electrolytes allow electrical impulses to travel properly throughout your body, permitting normal bodily function. When you sweat, you start to deplete your electrolyte stores and experience potential performance decline, so it’s best to help replenish them through food and fluid intake. There are 6 BLOKS to a single serve package, so one package provides 200 calories. They also come in a variety of flavors that include Cran-Razz, Black Cherry, Cola, Margarita, Lemon Lime, Pina Colada, Strawberry, and Orange, and at Run Junk, they are only $1.95, when normally they are $2.25.

So I have my 2nd half this weekend. Don’t expect much of a race report, unless you want to know how my long training run went. Out on my run this morning, I ran past a local high school. Hearing their band in the morning puts some extra pep in my step and I ran an easy four miles. I was thinking again on my run, what if I can’t finish the 1/2, what if I want to stop, but I realized, I didn’t want to stop before, and I can finish, I did it just last week! I never thought I would be running such long distances and being able to enjoy it, but I am thankful for the enjoyment I get from running.

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend! As the guy who helped me run my last two miles really pushing myself said, keep your head down and just go. :)

Here is a pumpkin I carved last night. Spooky I know.

After, and remember. This is freehand… no tracing!
And on that note.. I’m done posting! ha ha! Have a good weekend
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  • Reply BeachRunner

    Thanks for the fuel tips/review. And great job with the pumpkin. No tracing? You are a kick ass freestyle carver.

    October 17, 2008 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Marcy

    OMG girl you crack me up! I heart the little intro line “Also, this is kind of sad” Are they wicking?! Or are they just regular cotton? Shiz, if they’re wicking I’ll buy 20 pairs HAHAHA It’s cold up here.

    On a sidenote, you have a amazingly white teeth. Dang it, I swear I’ll never have white teef. GAH! (yes I do the white strips *sigh*)

    October 17, 2008 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Marcy

    OMG THEY DO!! I kid you not! It’s called Dri More! I had to look at their Activewear section :P I haven’t been in WM in ages (just because it’s such a hassle) but they only have Dri More shirts not pants *sigh*. Cheap too. Only $7. Oh well maybe they’ll do pants soon?!? Even still those pants are a good deal for just bumming around in (like you said)

    October 17, 2008 at 11:27 am
  • Reply D10

    I like the jacket! I am all about things that protect against odor. Nice pumpkin too.

    Be careful on the roads, people don’t pay attention. Have fun this weekend.

    October 17, 2008 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Julianne

    How cute! You’re definitely way better looking than the pumpkin! :-) Please be safe while out running!

    October 17, 2008 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Lacey Nicole

    hahahaha!!!!! great pictures!!!!

    October 17, 2008 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply *aron*

    great post :)

    have you tried luna moons?? you should and they are delicious!! esp pomogranate. YUMMM. gu doesnt have electrolytes so maybe thats what you are feeling too?

    have a great weekend!!

    October 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply N.D.

    Great job on the run – eek about the car!! and getting hit. I like treadmills! unless it is far from the road!! Great job on the pumpkin! good luck on the run – and very cute pics!!! Glad the blocks are working out for you. I heart gu.

    October 17, 2008 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply joyRuN

    Nice pumpkin! Watch out for those cars, & have a good weekend :)

    October 17, 2008 at 11:54 pm
  • Reply Mojito Maven

    I tagged you :)

    October 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply chia

    I just nabbed me an ‘ump-kinz as well! Super fun!

    I completely agree on the shot blocks… but they are a bit sticky on the teeths.

    October 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply ECrunnergirl

    I absolutely LOVE the shot blocks. One thing I do appreciate about them is that they dont leave my fingers all gooey like the gels do after I squeeze the packets. Plus they have more “substance” to them and they taste great!

    Thanks for the info on the clothing sales! Time to buy warm weather stuff!!

    I hope you did well on your 1/2 this weekend! I’m looking forward to the report!!! The pumpkin pictures were too darn cute!

    October 19, 2008 at 5:08 am
  • Reply P.O.M.

    I love shot bloks too – I get the black cherry because they have caffeine too! A little boost doesn’t hurt when you’re running over 15 miles or so.

    October 20, 2008 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply TinaGirl

    I love love love shot blocks and especially the black cherry ones. YUMM-O, and girl you are killing my bank account. things just “appear” in my “shopping cart” and are mailed to me whenever I look in on you. How does that work? You must have some subliminal message “buy this, buy this, ohhh and this too” behind your posts because everything I end up getting I LOVE. WTF?

    October 20, 2008 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Abbie

    Shot blocks are my favorite thing. I can not stand GU. It’s just not enjoyable for me.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm
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