Good morning, my friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
One of the things Dave and I did was make a trip to Bob Ronker's Running Spot, because I have taken up the hobby of trail running. I decided that, while I enjoy pavement running, I wanted to get more in to nature. So, I signed up for a 4 mile trail run in two weeks! And if I am to be running in the muck, that means it is time to get shoes just for that!
So we went to get some trail shoes for me! Aaaand, well, while I had originally been planning on some basic trail shoes, I got giggly happy looking at some of the crazy "Vibram Five Fingers" shoes that are so popular with barefoot runners!
Look at those crazy things!! But, as I have read, a lot of people prefer running with this "minimalist" feel - you have the ability to flex individuals toes, you can feel the ground better, and you're forced into a gentler stride rather than pounding on your heels because the thick soles of other shoes keep you from feeling the pain of bad form. They ended up being the same price as the other trail shoes I had been looking at, so I just went with it! They made me so happy because they were fun, and SO comfortable! And since I usually hate wearing shoes to begin with, I thought my tootsies just may prefer these. I have to plan a day to get out to a trail and try them out!
And with trail running comes trail mix snacks! I usually like to make my own so that I know what's in them, and can make it however I want. An easy mix can just include nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate bits. Then you can season if you like with salt, cinnamon, cayenne, etc. Whatever flavor floats your boat!
Here's my mix this week:
Simple Trail Mix:
Dried fruit mix (raisins, papaya, pineapple, cranberries)
Dark Chocolate (88% cocoa)
Dash of sea salt
Toss in a jar or other container, shake, rattle, and run!
And this is such a healthy snack, too! Nuts and seeds are good sources of proteins and healthy fats, great for exercise and healthy joints. Pecans are rich in antioxidants (great help healing after a good workout), almonds are a good source of calcium to help with strong bones good for pounding the pavement (or trail now!), and pumpkin seeds have a collection of wonderful minerals. Fruit and chocolate add a little carb kick for quick energy, and salt helps replenish what you may have lost sweating. What a great treat after a long run!
...Now I just need to go TAKE that run so I can enjoy the snack! ;-)
Happy week! See you all back here later!