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Final race outfit: Green Nike tank, Moving Comfort Juno Bra, Team Sparkle skirt, Lululemon shorty short, Nike Lunarglides, SweatyBand headband. I’m so ready!

I have broken one of the race rules – I haven’t run more than 6 miles in the Lululemon shorts. Horrors! The six miles went okay and I ran in them again today for three miles. The three really helped me figure out where they need to sit so they don’t ride up – they sit much lower on the hips than I’m used to. I bought them on the recommendation from Beth’s Journey. She tempted me with her talk of all of the pockets! There are SEVEN. And the two on the front are perfect for the iPhone. I’ve talked about my desire for the perfect iPhone pocket before, and I think I’ve found it. The other pockets I will probably use for GU and lip balm.

I’m also packing a long-sleeved t-shirt, a fleece, and arm warmers, just in case it’s cold. I don’t think it’s going to be, but I like to be prepared. I also have capris and my SPI-belt, just in case. My foam roller is coming with me as well. I can’t live without it anymore!

Also in my suitcase is my newest energy ball attempt. After getting free samples of Larabars at the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, I realized how delicious the cherry pie flavor is. I also realized how easy it would be to recreate.

I modified the Peanut Butter Energy Balls recipe slightly but stayed fairly faithful.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of dates
  • 8 ounce of cherries (mine were sweetened, so I left out the honey )
  • 1.5 cups of almonds
  • .5 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt

I pulsed the dates and the cherries together first, then threw in the almonds, but this was a mistake. I’d throw all three into the food processor together and then add the vanilla and the salt. I probably would leave out the water in the future as well, or at least reduce it.

These are really, really delicious and taste spot-on to me. I made them balls and not bars because a) I’m pretty lazy and b) I like the smaller portions. Each ball is about 50 calories (maybe a bit more). I’d definitely recommend them if you balk at paying like $2 a bar.

I leave for Indianapolis on Thursday. My flight is at 9 p.m. and I arrive at 11:30, but I’m going to try to fly standby earlier in the day. I’ll know Wednesday night if there is room on the 12:30 flight and will take a stab at getting into Indianapolis around 4 p.m. I hope it works! I’ m excited to catch up with my friends.

 

Comments

  1. Rob Weir says:

    Good luck, Megan! Keep us posted on how it goes. Kate and I are doing a sprint triathlon Sunday and we’re going to make some of your Larabarballs to snack on. Have fun!

  2. meg says:

    Thanks! Good luck to you guys as well! Can’t wait to hear about your adventure – I’m a bit nervous of tris because of the bike part. I still want to do one eventually though.

    Enjoy the Larabarballs (great name) and if you end up experimenting with other flavors, let me know. I think I want to try coconut ones next time.

  3. Rob says:

    Thanks. That name was an effort to avoid the obvious jokes (yes, I’ve met your husband).

    I bet you could roll those in coconut. We have a similar recipe using carob, dates and … some other nut I’m not remembering? that you roll in coconut.

    1. meg says:

      Yeah, it can get awkward. 😉

      Or just do dates and almonds with coconut milk and then roll them in coconut – that would be great. I will have to experiment.