Learn from your past.

As well as dreaming of what I want to do and how I want to feel when I do it, I’ve also learned that it’s important to reflect back.  From here I learn and make changes to improve. I truly like improving – I may not be getting faster, but I know I’m getting smarter with experience.

Anyway, on to some smart stuff.

Fuelling me with foods jam-packed with nutrients during my 63 marathons became quite tough when I was on the road.  It’s not that I didn’t know what to eat, it was more a question of portability and ease of consumption whilst I was on my feet for 6-10 hours a day.

Yep, I had some really tough days when the running was not easy and with my commitments to talk at schools – whilst so much fun and very worthwhile – I could be kept me on my feet for some pretty long days.

Unless I was running near my home along the canal (these days soon became known as my recovery marathon runs), I had to carry everything I needed to eat for the day in my backpack.  I also took money so that I could pop an ice-cream or a piece of cake in my mouth.

So, when Nutripouch asked if I’d like to test-drive their Jugg system and pouches, I said absolutely yes please!

Firstly, I am really not renowned for my abilities in the kitchen, so the simplicity of the recipe book that came with the pack was brilliant.

I’ve been opting to take a sweet pouch and a savoury pouch out with me on my long runs. One carried in the backpack the other in a pocket of my OMM Adventure 20 backpack.

On my long runs, I like to train as If I was mid-adventure.  I usually take on water at every kilometre mark and food at every 5ks, my Garmin Forerunner 35 watch is set to buzz me every km.

Now, I take a few walking steps to take a swig of water and I’m also taking a swig (mouthful) of my sweet pouch.

At every 3kms I’m also grabbing my savoury pouch out of my backpack for a mouthful.

I’ve taught myself how to keep my backpack on around my waist, take the straps off my arms, swing it around to the front of me, dip my hand in and grab what I need. I know I look a bit weird when I do this, but it works.

Every 5kms I then take on food that I need to chew – I’ll write more about this in another post.

These pouches are brilliant.

  • They’ve handled being knocked about in my backpack.
  • They fit easily into the side-pockets.
  • They’re easy to hold.
  • It’s very easy to take a swig of the contents on the move.
  • They are lightweight and very easy to throw into my backpack when I finish so that I can re-use on my next run.

 

I’ve followed the cleaning and storing advice which is to wash with soapy water, rinse out and then freeze.

Oh, and the Jugg system that squirts all the good stuff into the pouches is very easy to use … having said that I filled my first pouch and forgot to close the sliding open/close thingy and I managed to get the yummy Surfer’s Sundae all over the bench.

Numpty!

The recipes I’ve used so far have been simple and, as I mentioned at the start, provide a great mix of nutrients that I haven’t really been able to carry portably around with me.

My favourite recipes so far include:

I guess a question may be, why not use off the shelf gels? My answer is simple. I like real food and this is a great way to carry it and get the stuff that my body needs inside of me when I’m out on my long runs.

Big ticks and thumbs up from me 🙂

I’ll share more recipes on my Instagram as I keep training and then running my next adventure … running around Ireland.

Nikki x

P.S. I need a jazzier name for this next adventure. Any suggestions please.