When it comes to food, I'm waiting for two inventions. First, Willy Wonka was on the right path with the gumball that had the flavor and sensations of a 3-course dinner, but without the calories. I want to be able to eat food, enjoy it, but not gain any weight.
The other thing I wish someone would invent is a magic pill that makes me feel full and gives me the strength and energy of food, but doesn't involve any time to prepare, consume or digest. A major problem I have with long runs is that I can't ingest enough calories. The 2010 marathon was particularly awful. Food like fruit, which is low in calories and high in fiber - both good things - wasn't very helpful in preparing to burn 5,000 (ish) calories.
I may have found the next best thing....the MetRX Big 100. Why do they call it 100? It has 420 calories and is clearly a MEAL-REPLACEMENT bar. It's small, easily digested and tastes comparable to a ClifBar.
I had one before my 18-miler and it wasn't terrible. I had calories to fuel my legs, but not the sensation of a full, gurgly stomach. I'm not sure they were actual pretzels, more likely just pretzel shaped chemicals, but as far as calorie bars, it wasn't terrible. Something terrible I tried on the same run was vanilla gel. It was disgusting! It was so overly sweet that I downed half a bottle of water to get it down without tasting it. Pizza or cheesecake would have provided calories even easier, but then I'd be looking for a bathroom in the middle of the run, which is never a good idea.
Something that makes me crazy about the Biggest Loser is how everyone acts like calories are evil. They're not! Calories are a source of ENERGY. When a person has no calories, he/she has no fuel and therefore no energy. Silly people!
As long as I'm posting pictures of food, here was Sunday's breakfast - whole wheat waffles with added flax seed, buried under cinnamon and fresh fruit. Bon apetite!
Today's run was GREAT! I do so much better when the weather is nice. It was 48 and sunny so I was out in shorts and knee socks. I wore my SmartWool hat, but I didn't really need it. Wore a hoodie as well and I would have been fine with just a long sleeve tech wick shirt. Best part of the race? No walking, baby! When my brain wanted a break, my legs yelled back "Quit wimping out! Suck it up and finish!" My brain listened to the wise legs :)