But for that over-the-top "WONDERFUL," let me share with you what a friend did for me a few years ago. He and I were talking about my upcoming marathon and the subject came around to what I ate to sustain me over those 26 miles. I told him about GU and about my pretzel sticks, and he asked me the most unexpected question: "Yes, but when you're at mile 18 or 20, what do you really crave?" I thought about that for a few moments, and then it struck me. Fresh.. White.. Bread. The gummier and softer, the better. Just saying that out loud to my friend made my mouth water.
Friday, August 19, 2011
GU and Other Sticky Stuff
Pretzel sticks - the little ones - work for me on really long runs. I put a handful into a snack-sized self-seal bag and tuck them into the waistband of my running shorts. The crunchy saltiness just somehow satisfies a craving. On one of my really long runs, I found myself sharing my pretzel sticks with another gal whom I'd fallen in with along the route. She was quickly won over by the "just rightness" of the salt, the small size, the way they dissolved in her mouth with very little chewing effort.