It’s the week if the Shamrock Run and I haven’t had a lot of time for training since I pulled my calf muscle. I as able to fit in a nice 4 mile run today but at the end my left leg was starting to get grumpy. I’m thinking about another 4 miles on Wednesday to see how I feel. Then the Shamrock Run 15k this weekend.
I know mentally I can do the 15k, but I’m not too sure about my body. I’m not going to kill myself to finish as I have much larger races that I need to be fit for *cough* Spartan Beast *cough*
The CLIF Mojo Trail Mix Bar Peanut Butter Pretzel tastes just like you think it would, like peanut butter and pretzel. The peanut butter flavor could have been a bit stronger, but that might over power the pretzel flavor.
Overall: it’s good, but there are better options.
With the invention of the smart phone, running has become more entertaining and data mining friendly. I’ll be the first to admit that when I run, I go a little nuts on the apps that are gathering data and providing content for my run. I have four applications running. These applications are Runkeeper, Nike+ Running, Zombies, Run! and Charity Miles.
Runkeeper has most of my runs in it’s database and provides a lot of data that the other applications do not provide. RK also hooks up to my heart rate monitor, which is nice. This application is usually the app that has the focus.
Nike+ Running has some of my running data, I get “cheers” from Facebook and has stats on my friends to see how I am doing compared to them, distance-wise.
Zombies, Run! provides the content while I run. ZR unravels a thrilling story that is mixed in with the music on my phone while I train for the different obstacle course races. ZR makes the training way more entertaining and sometimes pushes me to go further so I can get more of the story.
Charity Miles is just a no brainier. Donate to charity while you walk, bike or run? Why wouldn’t you use this app?
In later posts I will review each of the applications.
The bar-o-the-day is Quest’s White Chocolate Raspberry and this bar was a good one. 20 grams of protein and 190 calories and a whole lot of great flavor! Upon opening the bars package, the smell of raspberry filled my nose. The chunks of white chocolate were nice to see in the bar. This was a very pleasant bar to eat and will be on my must get list.
Quest’s Lemon Creme Pie bar has a sting lemon smell upon opening the bar’s package. The flavor of the part is ok, it’s not full of flavor, but you can taste the lemon. I’m also pretty sure that if someone handed you a lemon Creme lie that tasted like this bar, you would send it back. For a protein bar, it’s a decent flavor, but I’d have other bars before this one.
As with most Quest Bars, there are 20 grams of protein in the bar. This particular bar has 170 calories.
Overall: meh, I’d eat other bars first.
The bar of today is Quest’s Mixed Berry Bliss. 20 grams of protein, 200 calories and a blah flavor. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t the bliss that the title suggests.
Overall: the nope list.
Today’s bar is Quest’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
This bar’s flavor is spot on. Once I started to chew, it was a little difficult to tell if I was eating a bar or cookie dough. Chunks of chocolate mixed in throughout the bar was a pleasant surprise. Quest nailed this bar. This one I will be buying again.
Overall: it’s a keeper!
It’s been a few weeks since I was able to go out for a run. During the snowpocalypse, I failed to warm up my legs enough and 3 miles into my 5 mile run I pulled my left calf muscle. Since then, I have continued with P90X3, modifying where needed. Through P90X3, I was able to keep my cardio up, which is nice.
Today I went for a 3 mile test run as I have the Shamrock Run 15k in two weeks. I’m glad to say that I did not have any issues withy calf after properly warming up. Throw in a few dynamic stretches after the run and keep on adding distance for the 15k.
On my non running days, I will review the apps that I use while I run.
The bar-o-the-day is QuestBar Peanut Butter & Jelly. Quest nailed it on this bar. It tastes like I’m eating a sandwich and not a protein bar. The flavor comes in delicious waves of peanut butter or jelly. The chunks of peanuts are a nice touch.
So far, I’m really glad that I got the mixed bag of quest bars from Amazon.
Overall: Will eat again!