This weekend, I was able to get in a 4 and a 5.5 mile run in. Both felt good and the times were about what I want for my marathon pace 10:45. I am still taking it slow for recovery, however on Friday I got my new shoes and heel lifts, which was a world of difference. I went into Road Runner Sports and returned the trail shoes without any problem and got a pair of Asics Evolution 3. I was in and out of the store in about 5 minutes.
When I was checking out I saw Cliff Shot Block Strawberry. I picked up a couple of bags, since I never tried them before. Some of you have mentioned them before and I figured what the heck, I will pick up a couple of bags of them and give them a try, since I am not a big fan of gels. Even though my difference is down for recovering from injury, I tried them on my run on Sunday and I loved them, they are awesome. I did not even get my hands sticky. I started comparing them with gels and here is what I found.
Cliff Shot Blocks: Cliff Shot Gel:
Carbs: 24mg 25mg
Potassium: 20mg 30mg
Sodium 70mg 40mg
Fats 0.0 0.0
Sugar 12mg 8mg
The numbers are pretty comparative, except for the sodium which is ok with me, since being in AZ during the summer you need the sodium. I did see that they have a cola, lemon lime, and Pina Colada flavor. I wonder if the Pina Colada has anything to do with their winery. Wrong alcohol, oh well, I will have to find a location that carries them in those flavors.
Saturday I ended up back at Road Runner Sports and ran into Pokey and company. You know you are becoming a runner when you know people at the running store. I got the little boy a pair of running shoes and grandma picked up a pair of walking shoes. We also went by the park where the Ragnar Del Sol race will end this weekend. How can you go by a park and not let the kids play on the equipment and feed the ducks. I try to be a good dad. We then went to Bass Pro Shop. The boys have never been there, and they were in heaven.
I will do a couple of easy runs this week, in preparation for the race on Friday. We start at 10 am and will finish around 1:30pm on Saturday. I will take some pictures of the crew as we run for the Chances for Children Charity.