The Trail Mix Trials
Feeding an Addiction or Feeding Your Face?

First Run. First Self-Made Mix.

Alright.  First training run down.  3.25 miles in 31 minutes.  I know … not great, but remember, I said “first.”  Plus, running is not my thing.

So I forgot to take the picture on the run ... this staged picture in my complex gives will have to work.

So I forgot to take the picture on the run ... this staged picture in my complex will have to do.

That being said, I did better than I thought I would.  I felt strong, things didn’t hurt too badly and I had sufficient energy.  Perfect segue …

Prior to the run, as promised, I went to Henry’s to get my self-made GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) mix.  Based on the energy mix recommendation, I was to get salted nuts, raisins, M&M’s and an optional add in.

After careful consideration, I selected:

Energy is an understatement

Energy is an understatement

  • semi-sweet chocolate morsels (they don’t sell M&M’s in the bulk bins)
  • salted peanuts
  • golden raisins
  • salted toasted sesame sticks

At first, the semi-sweet chocolate was over-powering, but when accented by the boldness of the golden raisins and the delightful sesame crunch of the sticks and the peanuts, this mix was SUPER CHARGED.

As was I.

I only ate about half the bag prior to the run, but that was plenty to fill me up.  Slightly concerned that I over-ate prior to my first training run, I proceeded with caution, but the energy mix did its mojo in my system and got me the entire way – no problem.

From doing lots of research on the subject as of late, I’ve learned that trail mix is teeming with iron, complex carbs, proteins, and natural sugars, which are found in its dried fruit, nuts and seeds, making it a powerful energy snack (when eaten in moderation).  Further, according to Men’s Fitness, “chocolate can elevate your energy levels by way of certain bioactive compounds such as tyramine and phenylethylamine, says a study in the Journal of Food Science. Chocolate has also been claimed to improve anemia, awaken the appetite and aid in digestion …”

So this energy mix was a winner.  Next week, we’ll see if the store-bought blends can measure up.   I will say one thing – something tells me that they won’t measure up in price.  Today’s self-made mix weighed in at 3/4 pound and cost $1.71.  Wow. Look at how much is in this bag.

Big bag = big energy.

Big bag = big energy.

First 5K.  First self-made trail mix.  Every trial starts some where.  And the marathon continues next week.


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