Honey balls (and a Newtons update)


“Must. Have. Better. Fuel.”

This is what was going through my head the last few miles of Monday’s 20-miler, which went pretty well overall but was surely affected by the fact that I was conscious of my monthly Weight Watchers weigh-in that evening. I almost certainly didn’t drink as much as I should have, and I didn’t have enough carbs in my system, either.

Next time, I’m going to make up a batch of honey balls, one of our favorite Smoky Mountain hiking snacks.

They’re super easy to make: Just mix ½ cup of honey with ½ cup of peanut butter* with 1 cup each of rolled oats and dry powdered milk. Roll into balls, and they’re ready to go — no baking required.

The sole lugs, or "claws," as Colleen calls them.

The sole lugs, or “claws,” as Colleen calls them.

Newtons update: I wrote earlier that my “calves were screaming” after wearing my new Newton Gravity shoes on the second 10-mile lap of Monday’s run/walk, and they were. It was only Day 2 in those shoes, after all, and you’re supposed to break them in gradually, in 1-2 mile increments.

That ouchiness gradually subsided and was completely gone by the next morning. I was going to take Tuesday off, but when Colleen asked to go to the Y after school, I couldn’t resist jogging a couple of easy treadmill miles for another Newtons break-in session. They felt great.

But then I walked into Wal-Mart, and when I came out, the calf soreness was starting up again. So was it a delayed response to the run — or the result of walking around on those sole lugs (or “claws,” as Colleen calls them)?

Personally, I think it’s the walking. (I wore the Newtons again Wednesday for another easy 2-miler, but took them off immediately afterward.) Clearly, further research is required.

*Actually, because my sister/training partner has developed a peanut allergy in the years since our family’s annual pilgrimages to Tennessee, I’ll use Sun Butter, which is made of sunflower seeds, instead.

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3 Responses to Honey balls (and a Newtons update)

  1. Your second run/walk in these shoes was 10 miles? When I bought my shoes they told me to go out for a mile the first time and gradually increase my distance. I think my legs would have fallen off if I went 1o miles on my 2nd run. You may want to back off to 5Ks untill you get used to these shoes.

    • tischcaylor says:

      Yes, definitely not smart, just a time crunch and impatience kicking in. I read on your blog about early on feeling like your Newtons made you faster. Still feel that way? I’ll have to go back and read more…

      • I think they do make me faster on shorter runs. It takes more energy to run fast regardless of the shoes you wear.
        I wore them for my last marathon and I don’t think they helped that much. It was hard to tell during the last 1/3 of the marathon when I was spent.
        I had different muscle aches this time around as the shoes make you run differently.
        I think these shoes will be great for hilly races.

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