Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Advantage of Running the Day AFTER Halloween!

Earlier this month I signed up to participate in another Gone For A Run Virtual Race, the Faster Than Boo 10k.  I'm sure you've heard of it by now, right?  I have been pretty busy lately maintaining my higher mileage for my upcoming 50k, that I have been neglecting shorter runs and speed work. Since Halloween was this weekend, I knew I needed to get my virtual run in. Lately when I have been going out for runs, I don't anticipate going as long as I do, so I don't properly hydrate and fuel the way I should. So this run I knew that I had to get at least 6.2 miles in and was going to continue to run if it felt good. I made sure I took water and a few gummy bears with me.

I did this  Faster than Boo 10K race the day after Halloween.
For all the days I didn't bring anything with me and wish I would have, this could have been the day.  As I was running I noticed there was so much candy left along the side walks in town.  There were smarties,  laffy taffy,  and bubble gum. Doesn't a runner love the sugar?  I continued on my way and it wasn't until I saw a Frozen theme pack of gummies that stopped me in my tracks! After all, it wasn't open, and I have been training with gummies, why not? I decided to eat them half way through my run and felt just fine. Towards the end of my run I found a pack of pretzels. Between the sweetness of GUs and Gatorade I consume during my long runs, sometimes I crave the saltiness of something such a pretzels, so I picked those up too!  I had reached the 6.2 mark but had a bit further to go to make it home. I ended up with a total of 8 miles and a few snacks.
 
 I wanted to tell my sister about my run, but I thought the first thing she would say would be, Gross, you picked up candy on the street and ate it? So I just kept it to myself,  until we were discussing our runs that evening and I ended up telling her. She thought it was hilarious! I just tried to think of it as a scenerio.  If you were out for a long run and you didn't have anything else and that was your only option, would you?  I'm sure people have picked up things along races to use such as sweatshirts and gloves (I've done that too). I suppose food is a little different since we consume it. Are you a risk taker and would try that? Or would you say no way José and keep moving along? We are all runner and have our on quirks, right?  
 
And just in case you hadn't seen the awesome swag from Gone for a Run....
I love this Halloween tank and wanted to wear it for the class spin class I taught on Saturday but silly me ended up forgetting about it.  Next year I guess!
Have you ever picked up something during a run to use or eat?  Don't judge!   -L
 

29 comments:

  1. The advantage for running the day after halloween is definitely running off all that chocolate!

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    1. I guess if you ate alot of it on Halloween. Luckily I am not a chocolate lover.

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  2. That is funny that you picked up pretzels! I don't think there is anything gross about it, and if that's what I was craving, I'd have eaten them too!

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  3. As long as the food was sealed, you should be perfectly safe in eating it!

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  4. LOL! Can't say as I ever have, but even with my contacts I'm usually too near sided to see anything on the ground (and not usually looking, either).

    I'm no germaphobe, though, so I doubt it would bother me.

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  5. SO funny! I have not picked anything up yet, well expect a few quarters lol

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    1. That's great You find quarters. I only seem to ever find pennies.

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  6. If the packets weren't open, then they should be safe. I would've done something that morning, but I was lazy, on the couch, watching NYC. I did do strength training that afternoon though, so I wasn't a total couch potato.

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    1. I didn't plan on running either but after watching the NYC it got me motivated to go run.

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  7. haha... I can probably beat you - I went running one time when it had snowed & went longer then expected & didnt have water - I found some snow that seemed like it hasn't been used (in ANY WAY - no yellow snow) & cupped it & ate a few mouthfuls :) haha

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    1. Haha. That's a good one. I will have to remember that one come winter.

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  8. This is too funny. And so accurate. I should have run on Sunday. Next year- I'll do my own trick or treat run. Ha!

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    1. I'm sure you'll find a bunch of left over candy

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  9. We ran the day after Halloween and noticed lots of spilled candy on the street too! I didn't pick up any of it, but hey, why not if it's unopened, unsmashed, and a favorite?

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    1. Yep. I didn't pick up every piece just bc I saw it. Only the good ones I liked:)

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  10. ive never picked anything up before although i did pass a water bottle once and was so thirsty i was super tempted...but it had been opened and i dont have a death wish. something that is clearly sealed much less risky!

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  11. That is hilarious. I never have noticed candy on the ground after Halloween, but it makes sense that kids would drop a bunch while Trick or Treating. I always refill water bottles while on the run.

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  12. bhahahahahaa. Wrapped candy I would pick up. Other things.... probably not. At least not after some of what I see going on during Halloween around here!

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  13. I loved this! I so would do it too, not sure I'd tell but I'd do it!!! ;) Good for you!!

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  14. Ok, I had the same thing happen to me...I saw a ton of candy on the path on Sunday...I was so tempted to pick it up but I wasn't hungry!

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  15. If they were still sealed and I was RUNGRY Yes.

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  16. I'm totally LOL because I would have done the same thing.

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  17. HA! I love that you jacked some "street food" during the race. We ran the Tough Mudder that day after Halloween and if there'd been candy I would have downed it!

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  18. I wish I'd done that virtual race. Love the swag! I've definitely thought of picking up packaged candy on the street. But I am constantly telling my dog "no" when he wants to eat food on the street, so if I don't let him do it, I shouldn't do it myself!

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  19. I seriously thought about it last Halloween but it was a few days later that I saw it, not 1 day. There was a mini Snickers that stayed in the road for probably a month. And I thought about it that long! Un-smashed. I should have.

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