These are the new goodies I bought (with my own money) recently and did a little test-run on my long run on Easter Sunday. Here's what I thought of them.
PowerBar Harvest Wholegrain Energy Bar
I love these bars. I bought a multipack at Sam's and it has 3 flavors in it - peanut butter chocolate chip, toffee chocolate chip, and double chocolate chip. My favorites are toffee chocolate chip and double chocolate chip. I like peanut butter only on PBJ sandwiches. So, I am indifferent about the peanut butter ones here. Overall, these bars taste great and I always look forward to eating them. On Sunday when I did my 10-mile run, I ate a bar about 10 minutes before my run. It didn't give my stomach troubles and I didn't have any side stitches since I usually get those if I eat anything before a run. (photo of PowerBar from Amazon.com)
Photo of me with my new running top from Target and handheld
Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Plus
I probably need to learn how to suckle from this bottle since I didn't learn that when I was a baby. I am still trying to learn to draw fluid from the bottle. At times I felt like I got a decent amount, but there were times when I could definitely use more and was left a little unsatisfied. BUT, it is a good thing that it was difficult to get a large volume of fluid. It prevented me from guzzling, which may cause me to have side stitches.
The bottle didn't leak throughout my run, even when I was shaking the bottle pretty heavily. The mesh pocket could be a tad bigger. I stuffed 2 GU gel packets and it was full. Without the GUs in the mesh pocket, it wasn't big enough to accommodate my Nokia E63, so I still gotto hold that phone while I run if I wasn't wearing a pair of bottoms with pockets.