Fuel is critical to our outdoor endeavors. Funny how there is such a disconnect with humans and what we eat – most people thinking that food is food. But, they do understand the gasoline for their car analogy. Ask them if they would put sugar laced sodas in their gas tank and expect their car to run well – of course they say no. Same applies with humans. My pre run meal is often my own energy balls (18 -20 ingredients), juice of a fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit, a piece of toast with homemade garlic chile olive oil, a banana, several blobs of organic Greek yogurt, a fruit smoothie or a combination. However, I do applaud the efforts of numerous health conscious entrepreneurs who are making their own concoctions to fuel or fun. Of the four Taos Mountain Energy Bars I sampled at the Whole Foods on Carlisle in Albuquerque I found them all to be tasty. I decided to buy the coconut flavor for my run up the La Luz Trail. The bar fueled my aborted attempt at reaching the summit of the Sandia Crest as I became bogged down in deep snow – so, pulled out my bar and took an energy bar and water break. Recommend the bar and the trail!