I have a confession. The only reason why I wrote today’s blog post is because I’m a huge fan of NPR’s ridiculously witty program, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me (WWDTM). If you haven’t heard of WWDTM, I encourage you to stop what you’re doing and go to NPR’s website and listen to a recent episode (of course, after reading this blog post). Guaranteed snark and laughter.
Another confession. I only purchased Cliff’s Pizza Margherita’s Organic Energy Food (a paste like substance) because the good humorists at WWDTM made fun of it as part of Sandwich Monday. I was intrigued.
Typically, runners and other endurance athletes need to consume nutrients for every hour or so of physical activity (in addition to water and electrolytes). While everyone has different needs and preferences, for distances around eight miles, gels tend to be my “go to” choice since they’re easy to carry and consume. For longer distances, I need “real” food.
Yesterday, I headed out to the Columbia River Gorge for a training run and did repeats on Dog Mt., a challenging trail that exceeds nearly 3,000 feet in elevation and can offer stunning views of the Gorge. The weather can vary this time of year from rain and extreme wind to sun, and even snow. It’s one of my favorite places to run.
Depending on the route, running Dog Mt. twice is about 13 miles and yesterday it took me roughly four hours, which meant fuel was a must. My four-hour run was the perfect opportunity to try Cliff’s Pizza Margherita and find out firsthand if it was worthy of WWDTM’s smirks and sneers.
Last confession. It wasn’t. No apology to pizza is necessary. I liked it—I mean I really liked it. While it may not have gone over well with the WWDTM crew, it gave me a boost and energy when I needed it. The paste is made from real food ingredients and is loaded with carbohydrates, potassium and salt—all important for extended physical activity. It had a good flavor and was just what I needed to replace my lost calories. How’d it taste? Exactly what you would expect puree pizza to taste like.
Yesterday was a good day. I got to have pizza for breakfast (well, kinda), it snowed during my first Dog ascent, and then I was treated to glorious sunshine on my second trip up the mountain. Driving home, I kid you not, Saturday’s broadcast of WWDTM was on the radio when I switched to NPR. It doesn’t get much better.
I lied. One more confession. I have a crush on Peter Segal, WWDTM’s host. Thank you, Peter, for making me laugh.
Next up for me is to try Cliff’s Sweet Potato with Sea Salt flavor (not so sure about the Banana Beet with Ginger). Want to learn more about Cliff’s Organic Energy Food? Get the FAQs and nutrition info on Cliff’s website.
Have you tried Cliff’s Organic Energy Food? What’s the verdict? If you could invent one energy food flavor for Cliff, what would it be?