Peanut butter is my fave Gu too, but I'm a lover of all things PB :-) When eating thicker gels i require water but I've found a few (power Bar and Island Boost) that don't need to be washed down...I use these when I race and don't carry my own water.
Good luck in finding something that works for you!
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Fitness Minutes: (51,134) Posts: 1,183 1/20/13 6:02 P
Tried a few of the Gu flavors of gels. LOVE the Peanut Butter, can't stand their chocolate one, and I can tolerate the lemon and the strawberry banana. I try to stick to the caffeine-free energy products, since I'm very sensitive to caffeine.
So if I had to choose between gels and chews, I'm all over the gels.
You're never going to find the "definitive" answer that you're asking for. What you consume depends on you and the goal (i.e., the race and how you intend to run it).
Can you narrow down what you're trying to accomplish? For example, if you take walk breaks, you can consider a greater spectrum of food. You also need to decide if you are trying to consume/avoid fiber as some of the foods people have recommended range from none to high fiber.
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Fitness Minutes: (4,821) Posts: 66 1/14/13 3:57 P
I tried the Power Bar Energy gels, but I didn't like the fact that they were caffeine based. They seemed to spike then drop my energy level. Plus, my heart rate is accelerated enough without the caffeine.
I'm trying a non-caffeine GU shot next. I will let you know how it goes.
I use Gu. It's a lot easier to swallow while running. Chews are hard to chew when you're running, so the liquid Gu is much easier. I love Espresso Love and Vanilla Bean flavors, although there are many others.
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I take Accel gel with me on my long runs. They have some protein, along with the carbs. Key Lime is my favorite flavor. I've tried the chews/blocks - but the gel goes down easier, and then I can hurry and take a drink and get going again.
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Fitness Minutes: (50,987) Posts: 4,528 1/14/13 11:43 A
I''ve never seen anyone mention the baby food before, that sounds like a good possibility. I don't like chewing the shot Bloks or anything else while running and I can't tolerate the gels well enough to want time rely on them. I think I will see if I can find the baby food packets here and give those a try. Thanks!
I used to use Sports Beans and Honey stingers but they became way toooooo sweet, so my Sports RD recommended that I use pureed baby food in a squeeze pack. I only take one around mile 8-9--I love the banana blueberry--it's not overly sweet but it allows for some carbs.
I did try pretzels and raisins, but I don't like to eat when I run.
Fitness Minutes: (51,134) Posts: 1,183 1/14/13 9:28 A
i use dried fruit (mostly pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces, and blueberries) ... not so much for hunger (i've never noticed being hungry while running) but for blood sugar ... i start after the first hour and eat a little every 15-20 min after that. i do bonk without it.
Fitness Minutes: (50,987) Posts: 4,528 1/14/13 9:04 A
I use Cliff Shot Bloks. I have tried the gels and don't like the taste/texture and they also cause some digestive issues for me. I have a 20+ miler coming up and I am going to try adding some dried fruit as well, probably bananas.
It is really up to you and your preferences though, there is no single definitive "use this" answer, just trial and error to find what you like and can tolerate.
I carry water with me, but I find on the runs over 10 miles that I start to get a little hungry. I know they make the chews, the gels, the bars. But so far I haven't found a definitive "try this" answer.
What does everyone use for fuel during a run? What should I try? What has or hasn't worked for you?
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