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

Trail Mix Marathon Training

This is the first post in what I envision to be an ongoing series.  Scott and I are planning to run a half-marathon in September.  Tonight is our first training run.  According to Hal Higdon’s plan for novice runners (like me, not Scott), we have to do three miles today. 

So as part of my ongoing training regimen, I am going to test out these so-called “energy” trail mixes to see how they really work. 

When you do a Google search for “energy trail mix,” a whole slew of options come up.  I’m gonna pick the one that came up top of the list because you’ve gotta have some respect for the site master’s SEO efforts. 

This is what we learn:

Basic Trail Mix
Equal parts of nuts and various dried fruits with additions of chocolate or coconut or salty snacks like pretzels or breakfast cereal.  Let’s use a cup for an example.
• 1 cup salted peanuts
• 1 cup raisins
• 1 cup M&Ms

When on the trail or a long walk, take along a snack with protein, carbohydrates, and salt replacement. Trail mix or GORP (“good old raisins and peanuts”) is the natural answer. But use portion control – on average trail mix has 140 calories and 9 grams of fat per ounce.

Mix and portion out, remembering that 1 ounce provides 140 calories. Adjust the proportions to taste.
Common Additions:
• Dried fruit: raisins, dried apricots, date nuggets, banana chips, apple chips, dried papaya, dried cranberries, dried cherries.
• Nuts and seeds: peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds.
• Chocolate and more: M&Ms, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, carob chips, dried coconut
• Salty stuff: Pretzels, sesame sticks, oriental rice crackers, salty “party mix” cereal.
• Cereals: Any breakfast cereal, granola.

I’m going to head over to Henry’s and get all of the ingredients and whip up a batch on my own.  I’ll consume it before the run and report back after with results. 

Subsequent posts in this thread will cover pre-packaged energy blends, and hopefully come September, we will know the truth about energy trail mix.

Remember … in the trail mix trials, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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