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I have great luck with the honey stinger products...shot blocks also, but I have also tried raisins and jelly belly jelly beans which seem to work just about as well.
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I was tanking during the run. Looking for something to glue me back together to get me to the chute, and I was hoping Gu would do it. Yeah, I've got food issues that come out while stressed...
But reality is even though I have food issues, I think I was having some nutritional deficit happening. You're probably right it was too late at that point, but I've got one more tri on my schedule this summer. That's why I'm working on a plan for my next race because I need to get the calories in during the ride really.
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Karen, I agree about Shotbloks. But I can't figure out why you wanted anything with just 2 miles to go. You really think it would help much that late in the race? (I've read they take 20 minutes at best.) Take them earlier (and when you still have the manual dexterity and mental wherewithall).
I do agree those damn gel packets can be hard to open when you're tired. (Sweaty hands don't make it easier either.) On hot days, I will prep my gel packets with extra cuts to make them especially easy to open. I also round off the square corners which I've found can irritate my skin by working their way through the mesh pockets on some of my running shorts!
PS: Great job on your tri! You're an inspiration to me!
I did a sprint triathlon last weekend, and I could not get the ShotBloks down, just too thick to chew or swallow. I got a gu from one of the water stations when there was only 2 miles left of my run, but I was too spent to get my hands to coordinate opening the darned thing. Coming into the last water station, I hollered a request to open a gu for me, and then I was able to get it into my body.
So even though I know gu works for me, I need to come up with an option that's easier packaging.
I'm thinking that maybe I should just check into putting the sports supplements in my water bottles... input, please!
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I, too, am a fan of Honey Stinger products...waffles, chews, gels and protein bars. I really don't use them that often, but the convenience when needed is like gold to me. I also use sports drinks because as Coach Nancy indicates, a lot of plain water can have devastating effects and I like to drink A LOT when I'm out there; so I balance it.
Edited by: WONDERWOMAN at: 7/23/2012 (23:09)
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That's something I wouldn't have thought ot -- letting them dissolve. I actually am not very good at chewing and running at the same time, lol, but That I might be able to do. :) Thanks for the idea!
SHADOW38 - I'm a fan of Honey Stinger chews, too. I usually put one in each jaw while running, so it will dissolve slower. I also use it as an indicator to how my body is consuming energy. When the chews start to dissolve faster, I know my body is searching for more energy and I can adjust the plan accordingly.
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I use power gels they have a coke flavor that tastes so good and they are easy to eat. I usually use them around the 45min mark
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I really like the Honey Stinger Chews. For me, the soft texture makes all the difference. Unlike gels, I don't have to drink water with them, although I'll drink some after I chew them up. And sometimes Running Warehouse has them on sale.
Other than that, I just use water.
If I use a sports drink (after a run), I like the Hammer Heed. Its less sweet and less acidic than gatorade.
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Freeezing it sounds like I good idea -- I'll try that with my water bottle too!
I like the Clif products and in the summer I use Powerade Zero. It's the only sports drink I like, and only the berry flavor. I can't tolerate a lot of the flavors of sports drinks whether the low calorie or regular ones. But that one I like. I put some in a water bottle, freeze it, and add more to fill it up. Keeps it icy cold longer which is what I like.
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Of course anything but raw edibles growing in the wild could be considered "engineered," but I don't think "engineered food" is a term used literally. Here it is a shortcut vocabulary to refer to food that has a significant content of artificial ingredients, or ingredients whose natural state is no longer easily distinguishable. :) Same with the term "processed foods."
Unless you're eating food raw, real food IS engineered. Consider something as "simple" as a glass of iced tea and a BLT sandwich. That's engineered; not something that exists in nature. And one might argue that most raw food is already highly engineered in that it has been developed by generations of hybridization and raised with fertilizers, antibiotics, etc.
So I agree that there's no "no benefit to engineered foods over real food" but that's because almost all "real food" IS engineered food already.
I attended a seminar by one of the country's premier sports RD (Nancy Clark) as well as reading countless articles that there is really no benefit to engineered foods over real food, well except convenience. Years ago it was not unusual for swimmers to go to Kentucky Fried Chicken for the honey packets...the principle is to get the carbs in with the least amount of GI issues.
I use both on my long runs. Running suppliments while I'm out there, and real food when I'm done.
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I only use Cliff shot blocks, they don't upset my stomach and work well. I usually eat one block about every 4 miles for any run longer than 8 to 10 miles. So on a 12 mile run I usually eat 2 or 3 total. A lot depends on what I was able to eat BEFORE the long run.
During my full marathon I had a block about every 30 minutes, so I think a total of 8 or 9 total for roughly 4.5 hours of running.
I personally don't think there is anything holy or unholy about engineered sports supplements versus regular food like raisins or pretzels during a long run or endurance race. The most important thing is what works, and what DOES NOT bring on a case of the dreaded runner trots.
Edited by: SCHOOLNURSE86 at: 7/17/2012 (10:44)
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I can't stomach "solid" food during exercise. My stomach just can't handle it. I use Gu and G2 Gatorade (regular gatorade has too much sugar and makes me cramp up).
I used a Gu during my half marathon and finished STARVING, which was so odd since usually post-workout I have no appetite.
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ACICEDA – for what it’s worth, I didn’t need to start supplementing until about mile 8. I remember doing my first 8 mile run and thinking “woah I’m hungry!” towards the end of it. I’m usually the type of person that hates food after working out too! It was a weird feeling, wanting to chow down while working out.
Definitely an interesting article. As this is my first endurance training event (half marathon) I haven't had to train to take in calories from sources such as gu. I've been a plain water type before and post run. Maybe that will change. BTW, I think the comments at the end of the article are most interesting.
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I just read the same article! I use Clif Shot Blocks with caffeine as needed. I have a friend that ate two every 3 miles during her marathon journey. That's just nutty to me! I understand needing to stay fueled during a race, but all that sugar can't be healthy.
On super hot days, I'll have the low cal Gatorade, Powerade Zero, or Smart Water. Otherwise, I stick with plain old water.
I can't stomach coconut water, I've tried! I also can't deal with the texture of gels. I took a granola bar on a 10 mile run once. That was interesting haha.
I'm impressed by the people chowing down on sandwiches while exercising. I can barely manager my water without spilling haha.
Found an interesting article today, regarding the relative value of gels, Gatorade, and the like:
I have never been able to stomach Gatorade, but I confess that the Clif chocolate gel (which only has about 3 ingredients) and GU's Espresso Love are ones that I really like. Mostly I use water and raisins on a long run, chocolate milk afterward, and a regular meal.
Do you use "real food", sports food products, or both?