I stockpile favorite foods and drinks.
Dimity can attest to this fact because of what she's seen me do with Chupa Chups lollipops. Every time we are greeted by a bowl full of those suckers at either a Fairfield or SpringHill Suites hotel, I load up on them. When we check in; when we return from a run; when we dash out to a Mother Runner party; when we head to the race expo: I help myself to three lollis each (and every!) time we pass the front desk. I return home with a rainbow of Chupa Chups for my kiddos, easing my guilt of being gone.
Mother runners Krista and Jessica can also be called as Sarah-stockpiles witnesses, as they have seen me I load up on bottles of fizzy Lemon Ginger KeVita every time that sparkling probiotic drink goes on sale at Whole Foods. (Jess even aided my hoarding by buying me two of them while I was in my cast!)
Let's not forget vanilla Greek yogurt: gotta always have a major stash on hand for breakfast.
Then there's my "fitness food"--GU Energy Gels and Energy Chews. When I'm training for a race, I always want to have a cornucopia of flavors of GU products to choose to fuel my miles. Before setting out on a 12-miler (I'm talking pre-ankle-fractures, folks!), I'd assess my palate for the day: Was I in the mood for dark, rich Jet Blackberry or feeling a bit lighter, perhaps, say Mandarin Orange? Or did I have a hankering for a savory sport fuel, such as scrumptious Salted Watermelon? If I was feeling decadent, I'd step up to Salted Caramel (it almost seems like a delicious dessert!). And since I live in Portland, I'll have to try the new Maple Bacon (that's a popular doughnut flavor here....).
I always keep a handy stash of Vanilla Bean to alternate its lower-caffeinated energy with the caffeinated boosters. No matter what flavors I take, I know I can rely on GU Energy Gel's ideal formulation of two carbohydrates (maltodextrin and fructose) to fuel my hard-working muscles, and its amino acids (leucine, valine, isoleucine--yeah, I had to look those up!) to keep my mind and muscles happy. All packed into 100 calories of easy-to-transport packets (which you can now recycle thanks to innovative program orchestrated between GU and Terracycle).
I also have GU Energy Chews squirreled away as they are the perfect pre-workout pick-me-up. Before a run or ReBoot barre class, I chomp four of them for 90 calories of quick carbs for my muscles to access. Watermelon, Blueberry Pomegranate, Orange, you name it: I have packets of them in our kitchen cabinet and a storage room in our basement.
It's no wonder my BRF, Molly, always jokes in the case of an earthquake, she's hightailing it to my house, where we can survive on my GU stash for months!
Now it's your turn: With training for half-marathons, marathons, triathlons, and even some ultramarathons underway, today's giveaways are a 24-pack of GU Energy Gels and a 24-pack of GU Energy Chews to two (2!) winners. Each winner gets to choose the flavors she wants (so-weet!) To enter to win, tell us what's your favorite flavor of GU Energy Gels or Energy Chews. If you haven't tried them yet, take a look and tell us which flavor you want to stock your pantry shelves with! To enter to win, share your fav flave of GU Energy Gels or Chews In the Comments section under this post on our website.
If you want to follow my lead and stockpile GU products, it is the ideal time: Now through June 30, use promo code GU2015AMR25 to get 25% off all GU products at GUEnergy website. Please note: To use the 25% discount code GU2015AMR25, you must have an account on GU site (which involves entering your email address and a password) and be logged into your account when you checkout.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 6/24/15 and ends on 6/30/15. We will announce the random winners on our Facebook page on 7/2/15, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of each prize is from $64.80. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.