Monday, August 9, 2010

Running...without Coordination!

I must be getting's happening...and I'm only 34 - whoops - got those numbers turned around...43... 

I saw a product called Shot Bloks on a running blog (sorry I don't remember which blog, so I can't give credit where it's due - see I really am getting old).  

They are flavored energy chews.  During my half-marathon last November, I tried Gu, which rhymes with Eeww, and that describes how it tastes!  So, I figured with the Wharf to Wharf 6 mile run, I'd try something different.  I found several different flavors of Shot Bloks at my local REI.  I tried Black Cherry and Cranberry.  Unfortunately, I left them in the car at the race, and before I remembered, the family had driven off.

Well, Running Buddy was out of town (come back RB!) but I still pushed myself to do my long run - 6 miles.  I was actually looking forward to it - so when Sunday came, I strapped on my water belt and took 3 Shot Bloks with me.  I imagined myself overflowing with energy and completing my 6 miles in record time - without breaking a sweat - almost as if I had wings on my shoes!  

Ahh, there's nothing like a great imagination - so...I ate the first one at mile 2...and that's when I discovered that I couldn't chew and run at the same time!

See, there's this little thing called breathing that I like to do, and when I run, I tend to breathe hard.  Breathing hard with a "gummi" in your mouth, (remember, I'm not a medical expert) seems likely to lead to choking!!

I found that I could run, but not chew or chew but not run!  It was quite a dilemma, since I wanted to do both!  I found myself having to walk and quickly chew and swallow so I could get back to running!  That's when I just felt I really should be able to do this!  

Well, I practiced with the last 2 Shot Bloks on mile 3 and 5.  (Did you read that - I had to practice eating!!)  I actually liked the taste and felt some "energy enhancement" , and although I didn't quite fly home, I was just proud that I'd gotten myself out of bed on a Sunday and ran 6 miles all by myself!  Even if I am old...

Here's a couple questions...what do you eat or drink on your longer runs - say 6 or more miles?  How about for 13 miles?

Thanks for stopping by this old lady's blog today!!


  1. I love the shot bloks. I took 3 of them with me during my half marathon but could have used a couple more. running and chewing...boy I could relate to that.

  2. I usually just suck it up and go with Gu on my long runs. Only the vanilla flavor though. Yeah, they're gross. But I can't chew and run at all. And I'm only 23 so it's not an age thing!

  3. Cathy, I also cannot chew and run and breathe all at the same time. Your description sounds just like what I went through the first time I tried the cute cliff shots.

    I also tried sport beans, but the same thing happens.

    I like the cliff shot energy gel in Razz flavor. I've never had the actual Gu brand, but I believe it's similar. I'm able to eat it fast and wash it down with water. I've never tried other flavors since this one works for me. I'm afraid of changing it and regretting it.

    I also cannot drink and run at the same time. I suppose if I were to practice...but, I kind of like to walk and drink.

    Sorry, I'm not much help. Just know you're not the only one with these eating/running/breathing limitations. :)

  4. I love shot blocks and I must have those shoes.

  5. lol Gu? GU?! Are you kidding me? Why not just call it OOP or ARF or something else that rhymes with an awful word! Gross squared. No CUBED

  6. It's the first time I'm hearing about "energy chews"! I'm not into energy anything as I consider it unhealthy, but those look kind of cute at least, and they even look yummy lol

    And those shoes are pretty cool... Bet they give you wings! ;)

  7. i have never tried the shot blocks.

    i have been using Gu Chomps, which are very similar.

  8. Not a runner, but I love your humor and writing style! Love the background too...

  9. Hmm. I like the Gu. But I like the Shot Bloks as well. Glad you found something more palatable. Keep up the running!

  10. Well, They are very good flavoured energy chews for half-marathon or marathon spotters. And those shoes are pretty.


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