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My Running Shoes & Larabar Product Reviews

I promised pictures of my running gear, which really is my shoes because I can wear any workout clothes and run:

These babies are Nike+ Lady Triax 12 & my second pair of ’em!

See those PINK SOLES inside?  Those are my Superfeet inserts!  They work wonders with my feet & I recommend checking them out at your local running store.

All this talk of barefoot running has me quite intrigued!!  I need to read “Born to Run,” which is next on my list after “The Omnivore’s Dillemna” (which I am currently reading)

What shoes do you run in?  Are you a barefoot runner- what made you decide to change from shoes to solely (heh) feet??


I discovered Larabars at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon expo & have been mildly obsessed ever since..

Those ones in the picture are the flavors I currently have in my pantry.  Jealous? 🙂

I haven’t tasted a bar I haven’t liked.  They are made or 3 -5 ingredients and consist of a date base with nuts and dried fruits (sometimes one or two spices) added in for the flavor.

Because I have nothing negative to say about them, I’m going to list them in the order of their tastiness, with ONE being the best!

  1. Peanut Butter & Jelly
  2. Peanut Butter Cookie
  3. Key Lime Pie
  4. Pecan Pie
  5. Lemon Bar
  6. Apple Pie
  7. Cherry Pie
  8. Cinnamon Roll
  9. Cashew Cookie

Those are all the ones that I’ve tasted and while they ALL TASTE AMAZING, some clearly taste better than others.

Alright, I’ve got a Spanish midterm tomorrow and an Archaeology Regional Culture (Cajamarca in the Andes) project due tomorrow morning so I better get to it!!

All this talking of pies from reviewing Larabars has got me thinking about pie— what’s your favorite pie??  My favorite is a tie between Pumpkin and Key Lime… nom nom nom..


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Powerbar Gel Review

This weekend I had an 11 mile run in training for a half marathon I have in a couple weeks.  When I ran my first marathon I was very unprepared as far as hydration goes-  I hadn’t used any gels or sportsdrinks in my training and “winged” it during the race.  Fortunately, my stomach was not bothered by these foreign ingredients and since then I vowed to run my long runs as I would a race.. with proper hydration and refueling.

The gels I’ve used before during a marathon were GU energy gels.  I liked them a lot but know that there are MANY other alternatives out there so I decided to try some others. 

The first ones on my list are Powerbar Gels. 

This is mainly because I think power bars in every form are delicious.  They chewy goopy bars taste similar to candy bars, and with the huge sweet tooth I have, what’s not to love?!

Another good thing about Powerbar products is that they are found in nearly every grocery store, convenience store, gas station store, running store, health foods store, sporting goods store…etc  They are probably the most widely known sports product, except for maybe gatorade. 

Luckily, my local grocery store carried Powerbar Gels in the nutrition section of the store and I decided to try out the Chocolate flavor, the only other flavors they offered were fruity and for some reason I prefer my gels to taste like those fudge packets that came with the dessert Lunchables for sake of nostalgia:

Don’t worry, I won’t be reviewing those anytime soon.  I don’t even want to look at the ingredients list on those babies..

But, moving on, I decided Chocolate would be a good flavor to review because I also love GU chocolate gels.

As it was 20 degrees outside, I ran on the treadmill at the Gym.  With a goal of 11 miles I decided to run 6 miles and then mentally decide whether I needed the gels.  Running more than 6 miles on a treadmill is incredibly difficult mentally and so I needed the gels to be able to get through my run mentally.  I ate half of it after mile 6.  It was very thick.  It had a good flavor, thick and chocolatey, a little on the sweet side for my tastes.  After gulping down some water it kicked in and I felt reenergized for about 15 minutes.  Then I took the rest of it and it took me through the rest of my run.

On terms of flavor I would grade it a 3/5, and on terms of results I would also say a 3/5. 

It didn’t live up to GU gels, but a suitable alternative if you are uanble to get GU’s.

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This week I will be giving some product reviews:

  • Energy Gels for running.  I’ve only had GU gels so I am going to compare those with Powerbar and Clif gels. 
  • Oikos Greek Yogurt!  I’ve been a Fage girl for a while and they are sending me some coupons to review their products, so maybe I’ll have a change of heart on my yogurt brand obsession!
  • Teas!  I drink quite a few cups of tea a day and so I might as well review some new ones to liven up my habit!

I had overnight oats this morning (as I did yesterday morning) and this time they were especially good!!!

I adapted them from Kath’s overnight oats and this combination was especially delicious:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4  – 1 cup Fage greek yogurt
  • 1/4 – 1/6 cup vanilla soymilk
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 banana
  • 2 & 1/2 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt

Oh man… this was G-O-O-D.  I think the extra yogurt and less soy milk made it especially creamy and think.  I’m definitely making this again for breakfast tomorrow!  (Maybe adding a little more pumpkin!)

I didn’t take a picture because it looked really messy…  I’ll work on making it pretty and then post tomorrow’s creation!

I’ve been reading some blogs that swear by Chia seeds but have tried several grocery stores (TJ, Meijer, Fresh Market) and have not been successful.  Do you eat Chia seeds?  Where do you get yours?  I’d prefer not to order them online.

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