Congrats to Anglea G. who won last week’s GIVEAWAY for a $25 RunVermont gift certificate. Angela, like me and a small majority of you, prefers dark chocolate to milk. For me chocolate is a nice-to-have but not must-have treat. That said, I have my favorites. I live less than a mile away from one of the very best chocolate makers, our very own Lake Champlain Chocolates. LCC’s straight up dark chocolate is divine, but given a choice, I’d take just a single dark chocolate sea salt caramel. When I first tasted those I thought I had pretty much found my own personal chocolate divinity. That was, until this happened:
Oh yeah. Chocolate meets spicy and salty and together with the popping candy they make for a party in your mouth. (“Popping Candy” = gourmet version of Pop Rocks). Sadly, this chocolate is nearly impossible to come by locally. (So, um, if you happen to find yourself in any one of these locations, perhaps you’d be so inclined to pick up an extra bar?) This company, Chuao, also makes a maple bacon bar, a potato chip bar and for any of you fixated on the nutritional aspects of your chocolate, an orange-enhanced chocolate bar. Ya know, maybe we should just try them all…
Ok, enough about chocolate. We have some serious nutrition stuff to get to, plus a GIVEAWAY (which isn’t chocolate…but could be used to buy it).
If you haven’t started following the training stories of our Official Rookies, Erin and Krysten, you’re missing out. There’s a reason why these two women had so many votes: they’re funny, upbeat and have great attitudes. This week both Rookies asked for the community’s advice about eating while training: what foods to eat throughout the day, what to eat right before or after a run and of course, how others fuel themselves ON the run.
We know Erin and Krysten aren’t the only ones with nutrition-related questions. This year, we’re partnering with Hannaford Supermarkets again to get all your food-related questions answered.
Once a month, Hannaford’s nutritionist, Kris Lindsey, will answer your questions live on the Hannaford Facebook Page. Feel free to ask Kris any food-related question you like during the session, but she’ll be especially prepared to answer questions on these topics:
- February 27: How to fuel for long runs
- March 27 & April 24: How to healthfully meet your increased need for calories
- May 22: Foods to help you recover
All four sessions will begin at noon EST and last for one hour. To participate, just head on over to the Hannaford Facebook Page!
Today we are giving away a $100 Hannaford gift card. (No Hannaford near you? Don’t let that stop you from entering! Use the card when you’re in Vermont for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon…you can pack a lot of heart-healthy dark chocolate in a carry on bag!)
Tell us: What do you like to drink after a race? (And by “after” we mean right when you cross the finish line AND what you reach for to chase your post-race banana/granola bar/burrito.)
PLEASE NOTE: In order to claim extra entries for Tweeting or FB’ing the GIVEAWAY, you must follow the NEW rules below. Thank you!
The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, February 27; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, February 28.
* If you’re a follower of The Run Down, tell us so in an additional comment. (If you’re not a follower, subscribe using the RSS feed on top right of the blog and then leave a comment telling us you did it.)
* Tweet about the giveaway. You must tag @RunVermont and leave one additional comment.
That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 3 entries into this giveaway! (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)