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by leandre on February 21, 2013 · 75 comments

in Giveaway Thursday!

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:

In case you can’t read that label, it says:

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!)

To Enter:

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.

* Share the giveaway by clicking the “share” button just below the GIVEAWAY post on our Facebook page 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.)

The rules/fine print:
* We use to select all winners…at random, from all the comments posted.
* There is no limit on the number of times a single person can win a prize.
* We ask that if you’re local, you pick up your prize.  If not, we’ll mail it (US and Canada only.)
* We contact all winners via email each Thursday; you have one week to reply to arrange pick-up/mailing of your prize.  If we haven’t heard from you within one week, we reserve the right to re-list the prize or choose another winner.


{ 75 comments… read them below or add one }

51 Rick February 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Water upon crossing the finish line. Following that it depends upon the weather. If cold out then I want hot chocolate or coffee. If warm, I want chocolate milk or gatorade.

52 Rick February 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I’m a follower…

53 Kaitlin February 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I guzzle about one or two waters depending on the length of the race and the temp; then I always look for the chocolate milk! If they don’t have that OJ usually does the trick..!!

54 Kaitlin February 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I’m a follower

55 John Strout February 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Chocolate milk then a beer!

56 John Strout February 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm

I am a follower of the run down as well!

57 Diana February 22, 2013 at 4:16 am

Water, chocolate milk, and beer. In that order!

58 Diana February 22, 2013 at 4:16 am

And I’m a follower

59 Ashley February 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

Water, then gatorade, then beer!

60 Ashley February 22, 2013 at 8:59 am

I’m a follower of the Run Down.

61 Helen February 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

Water, after crossing the finish line (or at least I grab one and TRY to drink it). I have a difficult time swallowing (drink/eat) ANYTHING after the final push of a race.

62 Helen February 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

I am a follower of The Run Down.

63 Ron Bissonnette February 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Water and a banana

64 Jennifer February 23, 2013 at 9:22 am


65 Lauren Fowler February 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Water with nuun – strawberry lemonade is my favorite!

66 lisa fine @ vermont vittles February 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I rarely drink soda (maybe once a year?), but immediately after running my first half marathon, a Sprite sounded so good. I gulped one down.

Otherwise, lots of water, and sometimes my homemade sports drink.

67 lisa fine @ vermont vittles February 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I’m a follower!

68 Kimmy T. February 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Water –> Chocolate Milk or Chocolate Coconut Water –> Beer or Tequila

69 Kimmy T. February 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I am a follower

70 Rick February 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Water at the finish then a beer a short time later.

71 Rick February 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I’m a follower

72 Rick February 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Shared on FB

73 Jessie Rack February 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Water right away, but if I can get my hands on it…ORANGE JUICE. During long runs, I begin fantasizing about OJ around mile 10. Later comes beer.

74 Jessie Rack February 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Shared on FB.

75 Jessie Rack February 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

aaaand I’m a follower!

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