Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fueled by Soap

Huh??  Yeah….lets rewind.  With our impending 9-mile run on the schedule for this past weekend, Brian and I decided it was time to get some fuel for our runs.


I was actually really excited to try out chews/shot blocks!!  Probably a little more excited than a person should be to eat a big gummy lemon-lime block...although I’ve always been a fan of fruity/chewy candy!  We also decided we needed a water bottle for the run.  The past couple weeks we planned out and back routes on the Minuteman bike path that would take us by our car halfway through so we could get water, but that wasn’t always going to be possible.

We had to do 9 miles and I wanted to plan out a new route (I get bored FAST running the same routes!).

This was a big loop from our house, through a surrounding town, and back, so we opted for the water bottle above that would slip onto our hands.

Because of our schedules, we did our runs separately.  I did mine Sunday when it was super nice out :) 

I had my ipod, Garmin, water bottle, and 3 shot blocks in the pouch that came on the water bottle.  All ready to go! 

At about 3 miles I took a sip.  Ewww….SOAP!!!

Apparently I did NOT rinse it out enough after washing, and while running and sloshing the water around I had a nice bottle of sudsy water!!!  AHHHH!

Thankfully my run took me by a grocery store around mile 5 where I ran in, washed the bottle out, and filled it up.  I really could of gone for a sip before that, but luckily I didn’t have to wait too too long.

Aside from my detour in the grocery store, and 2 quick stops to walk near the end, I was pretty happy with the run!

I did nine miles in 1:38:14 which is about 10:55 min/miles…I haven’t figured out the auto stop function yet so that includes any stops for walking, or at traffic lights. 

Training is going well so far!  I haven’t been as good with my 3rd “easy” run of the week, but I’m also happy to be back doing Body Pump!! 

I also had a 2 hour dance rehearsal only a couple hours after my 9-miler…definitely won’t make that mistake again!! 

Legs = Jelly.


Pancakes = Weekend…or a nice Monday off from work!

My company didn’t have Patriots Day off (Marathon Monday), but I took it off and after my running/dancing Sunday I was so relieved to know I didn't have to get up for work the next day.  

Brian had to go in for the morning, but I got stuff done at home while I waited…including a relaxing breakfast.

Protein Pancakes!


I love them with nut butter on top :) (one with PB and one AB)

and syrup, obviously.


Decided to try out a new juice combo….

  • 1 orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1/2 pear
  • kale
  • romaine
  • pineapple

It was good, but not my favorite.  I think next time I’d double the orange, and leave out the grapefruit.  The grapefruit was a bit over powering, and even though I love grapefruit, it wasn’t working here. 

Oh well, Juice and Learn!

Once Brian was home we headed out to enjoy the weather and an afternoon off!  It was a little too late to try and get to the marathon, so we opted for Harvard Square.

We ended up dining al fresco for a late lunch at Russell House Tavern, which is one of the places I’ve been wanting to try for a while. 

It wasn’t that warm out, but it was nice enough to sit outside…at least we thought so.  We were the only ones out there!

I was a bit disappointed that they were out of the sandwich I wanted to try…and out of the beer Brian initially ordered, but our waitress was so nice and really I could order something this!

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Crab cake sandwich with greens!  DELISH!  Ate all of the crab cakes, half of the bread, all the greens and of course a handful of fries from across the table…

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Brian got the: 

Smokey 12 Hour Brisket Melt:  Creamy Cole Slaw, House Pickles, Horseradish, Marble Rye

It was SO good.  A little messy…but worth it

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Later on I picked up a cappuccino at Crema Cafe along with a couple goodies to share.

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Our day concluded with grocery shopping, dinner, and ballz.


I think Brian likes these protein balls even more than me!

I made a double batch:

Protein Balls! (based on the recipe from Fitnessista)

  • 4 T protein powder (Sun Warrior vanilla)
  • 2 T Almond Butter
  • 2 T Peanut Butter
  • 4 T unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1.5 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • small square dark chocolate
  • pinch of salt

All ingredients into a small food processor until beginning to clump.  I then dump it all out onto a plate or work surface and form into balls.  I store them in a tupperware container in the fridge :)


So far we both really liked the lemon-lime flavor Cliff Shot Blocks, haven’t tried the Gu Chomps pictured above yet.

What’s your favorite running fuel/product??
Any recommendations??


  1. Great job on the run! Soapy water- ahh! That would have freaked me out. I drank bubbles by accident when I was a little kid and I've been afraid of the taste of soap since then ;). The Crab cake sandwich looks awesome. Love crab cake :) And I will have to try out those protein balls. I bet the man would love them too. I'm a big shot blok fan.

  2. That crab cake sandwich looks awesome! I feel like moving to your area because the food from all the restaurants you post looks so good!! I really need to start going into the city near here and trying out some of the restaurants.

  3. It sounds like you had a phenomenal weekend!

  4. now i'm craving crabcakes. hardcore :) glad you were able to fix the soapy bottle! and what a great run!

  5. whoaa, i don't know how you got through a dance practice after that run, but good for you!

    i'm about to go do a 7 miler actually. off i go!

  6. what a lovely weekend filled with lots of good eats at home and out! dying to try RHT!!

  7. Way to recover from the soap incident! I'm glad you were somewhere where you could wash out your water bottle and keep on trucking. Are you training for a big race? My favorite running fuel is definitely sports beans (I love the cherry with caffeine), but I also love the roctane gu (blueberry pomegranate in particular) and those are easier to carry and eat on a long run.

  8. Great job on your long run!!! So proud of you! I don;t use the autopause feautre because when you stop in a race - the clock doesn't!! All the food looks delicious!

  9. I reallyyyy need to go to Russel House Tavern!! That sandwich looks amazing!! Great job on the run... ew on the soapy water :)


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