Tasty Treats for Long Runs

Figuring out what to eat and when is a vital part of running and racing well. Over the next few weeks, we will write about what we like to eat before, during and after long runs and high intensity workouts.


On our group run with lululemon athletica SoHo last night, several of the runners (who are all training for their first half marathon) asked us for advice on when and what to eat during their long runs.


Both of us agree that our favorite "food" for long runs is Clif Shot Bloks. They are energy chews, kind of like gummy bears, that are easy-to-chew sources of carbohydrates and electrolytes. Carbs are you body's fuel which you need to replenish about every hour during long runs.


While each person needs to experiment and figure out what works for them, our rule of thumb is: eat 100 calories every 45-60 minutes. If you like Shot Bloks, that means 3 bloks every 5 miles. Shot bloks come in a long packet with 2 servings  a packet. Our favorite is the Cran-Razz. Try 'em out and let us know what you think!  Or, what’s your favorite way to refuel on a long run?