Runner’s Guide: Clif bars and more

clifOne of the most important things when it comes to running is fuel.  And that includes what you put into your body before, during, and after running.  This is especially true for long distances, and if you’re training for a Disney race you’ll probably want to investigate some of the fuel options.  Clif, the company best known for making Clif bars, has a variety of options to help you out and they were kind enough to send me some samples to review.

I can honestly say that Clif products are my absolute favorite when it comes to fuel.  I’ll talk about the different things in a moment, but I pretty much swear by their shot bloks as my fuel of choice for any time I’m going to be running longer than an hour.  They manage to make things that work but also taste good.

Clif Bars

Clif bar

Clif Bars are energy bars that are made with organic ingredients.  It’s kind of like a granola bar, but packed with things to give you energy and endurance.  These can be eaten before, during, or after activity, but I like them before running.  I have a very picky stomach, and there are few things that my stomach can handle before a run.  Luckily, Clif bars are something I found that really works for me, especially for morning runs.  I also try to keep one or half of one on me when I run, because if my stomach craves something a little more substantial, this is the perfect solution.

Sometimes when I’m in a rush in the morning and don’t have time to make breakfast, I’ll grab one of these instead.  They keep me full almost til lunch time, which is perfect.  They have a wide variety of flavors, most of which I’ve found are delicious.  My favorites are blueberry crisp, coconut chocolate chip, and the seasonal iced gingerbread.  That was so delicious for this time of year!

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