A new week is here and I am so happy to be typing this post from Barnes & Noble! Usually one Monday out of the month I come here to check out all of the new magazines that have come out (my guilty pleasure) but now that Chris got me a lap top for my birthday, I can “work” a little as well!

There are 10-weeks left before the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and after yesterday’s 13-mile training run, I am feeling good. I experimented more with my fueling and I think I am getting it. This time I had three stuffed dates with peanut butter, honey and sea salt. I also had a Clif Gel Shot and Clif Bloks. I took Chris’ Camel Back with me and I don’t know why I have not used it before! I guess I didn’t like the idea of running with a pack on my back but it was the best thing ever!

Race Fuel 

Dates 1

Dates 2

Dates 3

The PB Stuffed Dates were super easy to make:

Purchase pitted dates and make a tiny slice down the middle of however many you would like. Add about a 1/2 teaspoon of organic peanut butter, a little honey and sprinkle with sea salt. Eat them right away or refrigerate them for later. They also make a great on-the-go snack as well.

I also timed my fueling a little differently than last week. Here is the breakdown:

At 15-minutes: 1 date and water

At 45-minutes: 1 date and water

At 1-hour: Clif Gel Shot and water

At 1.5 hours: My last date and water

At 2 hours: I was supposed to have 3 Clif Bloks but I had 1-mile left so I figured I would book it home

I felt great! I walked during each fuel-up for about a minute and a half and that was enough. Like last week, I kept my pace between 9:00-10:00 minute/miles and worked on getting the negatives in the end. Here is my pace breakdown:

 Mile 1- 9:27

Mile 2- 9:57

Mile 3- 9:33

Mile 4- 9:40

Mile 5- 10:08

Mile 6- 9:37

Mile 7- 9:58

Mile 8- 9:35

Mile 9- 9:42

Mile 10- 10:26

Mile 11- 9:20

Mile 12- 9:11

Mile 13- 8:43

I was ecstatic I hit my negatives and as a reward, I was presented with the “mama Mega Blok” when I walked in the door!

Sunday Run

Mega Block

Try the dates out and let me know what you think!

The rest of the week I have 4, 7 and 4 mile runs and then a 10-mile run on the weekend. I am still lifting and will keep you updated on those workouts as the week goes on!

Do you like dates? How do you prepare them? What is your guilty pleasure?

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