Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

 
Message Boards
FORUM:   SparkPeople Cafe
TOPIC:  

running gels good idea or not?



 
  Reply Create A New Topic
Search the
Message Boards:
Search
  I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

Author: Message: Sort First Post on Top
 
ANARIE is the moderator for this forum.
 


NIRERIN
Posts: 11,525
5/8/13 4:50 P

Send Private Message
Reply
ideally option one would be to better fuel before you run and to have something ready and waiting when you get back [banana, chocolate milk, etc]. that being said, i do use the things. mostly when i run first thing in the morning, even though that's not when i do my longer runs. i am already an iffy breakfast eater to begin with and i can't get breakfast, a run, getting ready and in to work on time all in the same morning. if i eat an actual breakfast before i run my breakfast tends to slosh uncomfortably around and my stomach gets a little crampy. if i don't eat anything before then i start to become cookie monster the second i step back in my house. so i figure a gel block [30 cals] before i go is the easiest compromise. i know there are recipes for better for me things out there, but this is easy, grab and go, and like i said, i'm not exactly a morning person.

-google first. ask questions later.



ANARIE
ANARIE's Photo Posts: 12,141
5/8/13 12:30 P



ANARIE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
They're not just for longer runs than you're doing, they're for longer runs than your neighbor is doing. They're for people who are trying to WIN an endurance event and are trying to *avoid* burning off their fat. People who need a last blast of quick energy need it to come from sugar, not fat. If they have already burned off all their easily available blood glucose, a gel (or those blocks, etc) can give them a boost without getting into the fat stores that they'll need for their next endurance race.

For people who are trying to lose weight, the gels will do the exact opposite of what you want. You are *trying* to trigger fat burning, and the gel will block that.

(Most of these gels are flavored corn syrup, by the way. I actually have nothing against corn syrup as an ingredient, but I don't see any point in taking it straight, any more than I would just eat a tablespoon of white sugar.)



 current weight: 132.0 
 
184
169
154
139
124


SMABARBIE
SMABARBIE's Photo Posts: 28
5/8/13 11:39 A

SMABARBIE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the information everyone. I figured they were for longer runs than I am Currently doing.



 current weight: 150.8 
 
196
180.75
165.5
150.25
135


ERICREH
Posts: 1,609
5/8/13 7:42 A

ERICREH's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
If you need to replenish your energy stores and have little room to carry something they are great.



 current weight: 223.0 
 
223
216
209
202
195


ELMA1913
ELMA1913's Photo Posts: 5,051
5/8/13 7:41 A

ELMA1913's SparkPage
Reply
Have no idea what running gels are.



JUSTEATREALFOOD
JUSTEATREALFOOD's Photo Posts: 839
5/8/13 7:34 A

JUSTEATREALFOOD's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Just empty calories, IMO.

What you eat on a daily basis affects energy levels on short runs much more than what you eat right before or during.

When I go for distance MTB bike rides 90 minutes or more I usually take along some dates or dried mango for a quick sugar boost if I start feeling tired. But that is some serious distance.

It all comes down to the quality of the foods you are eating. Eating lots of vegetables, protein and healthy fats will make you feel energetic and healthy. Foods with minimal nutrition for their calorie content will leave you tired and hungry.

Best to you.

Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 5/8/2013 (21:47)
JERF - Just Eat Real Food


Working on completing my certified Personal Trainer course in the new year!

I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free. And it's changed my life!

5'4"
Goal weight 125lbs
36 years old
2 kids


Keeping my blood sugar levels consistently under 101 mg/dl or 5.6 mmol/L with my LCHF diet.

ontariomountainbikingmama.blogspot.c
a/


 current weight: 125.0 
 
135
132.5
130
127.5
125


BLUENOSE63
SparkPoints: (90,113)
Fitness Minutes: (68,855)
Posts: 2,843
5/8/13 7:08 A

BLUENOSE63's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I use running gels for long races ie. 1/2 marathon; half Ironman etc. Shorter distances, just water and then after the race carb and protein shake etc.



 April Minutes: 1,707
 
0
625
1250
1875
2500


CHEETARA79
CHEETARA79's Photo SparkPoints: (67,606)
Fitness Minutes: (44,815)
Posts: 3,435
5/8/13 6:06 A

CHEETARA79's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I think it's normal to be hungry and tired after a work out. Personally, I would grab a snack made up of real food rather than those heavily processed gels.

I think if you were doing longer endurance cardio, you might benefit from the gels. I don't see the need for them when you could eat real food instead.

You don't have to eat the whole thing.


SMABARBIE
SMABARBIE's Photo Posts: 28
5/8/13 12:28 A

SMABARBIE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My neighbor runs a lot (10 miles at least) and she swears by running gels. She says that after 3 or 4 miles she eats one and it helps boost her energy to keep going. I have been doing 3-4 mile runs and am very tired when I get done and was wondering if they would help my endurance or if they were just empty calories. Any ideas??



 current weight: 150.8 
 
196
180.75
165.5
150.25
135


 
Page: 1 of (1)  
Search  

I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Report Innappropriate Post


Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=30940972

Review our Community Guidelines



 
Diet Resources: new balance cross training shoes | cross country skiing training | cross training elliptical