I think we need to address a hidden danger that heretofore has been overlooked by the running community. I am talking (or writing as the case may be) here of school lunches. Yes ladies, you know the ones I mean. The lunches for which you are obligated to buy all manner of "fun sized" food stuffs from Cosco. (I'm pretty sure there's a conspiracy there between the Department of Education and whoever invented 5 gallon tubs of creamy peanut butter, but that's another blog and another time.)
It is my belief that whoever makes those little snacky candy bars (Willy Wonka and his little oompa-loompas I'm assuming) is anti-marathon-training or else why would they make those tiny candies seem so harmless? Do not be fooled - if you eat 8 of those little guys (like I did yesterday ) it's just like eating 2 big ones, and you cannot count it as a good training lunch just because there are a lot of colors in the M&Ms bag and the Snickers has protein (peanuts) and dairy.
I learned this, to my cost, yesterday when I tried to do a hill workout after eating most of what I purchased for this week's school lunches. Needless to say - it hurt really bad, and there was a lot of bouncing. It just cannot be a good sign when 3 miles feels like the hardest run you've ever done and that includes the ones you've done on the coldest and hottest days ever recorded in America (not really, but it felt like that at the time.)
And so... I'm going to stick it to The Man. I am not going to fall victim to the "fun sized snack" lie anymore. I am going to fuel myself with nutritious food. I'm going to drink lots of water. And most importantly - I'm buying full size candy bars next time.