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1/27/09 1:21 P

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I add nutrition to any workout over an hour. My body doesn't tolerate caffeine, so I definitely have to be careful what I pick.

That said, my favorite running nutrition is Carb-Boom. I LOVE the apple cinnamon, banana-peach, kiwi-strawberry, and vanilla bean. When I'm on my bike, it's all about the margarita shot-bloks, but I feel like I have a hard time breathing while chewing on the run. I also like that I can eat, say, 1 every 10 minutes rather than 6 all at once on the hour.

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1/26/09 7:29 P

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I am a GUer but I need to walk and eat them and immediately chase them with water, otherwise I gag from the batterlike consistency. I have tried the sports beans and they are okay, too, although I have had some mild stomach upset with them. That was in the summer and now that it's comfortable to run here, I should try them again.

I have heard of people taking pretzles, gummy bears, twizzlers - thing like that that are easy to carry, don't melt or create a mess, and can be eaten a little at a time.

As others have stated, try some different things and see what works for you, but if you're running for more than 1 or 1.5 hours you really should have something.

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1/26/09 5:59 P

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joyinrunning- I will have to look again at the gatorades. I actually wanted one after my half in December but when I looked at the ones in the gas station they all had HFCS. I know Propel has none, but other than that I have been at a loss. Thanks!

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1/26/09 2:19 P

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The general formula for optimum fuelling is about the same number of calories per hour as your body weight in pounds. Whether you get this from sports drinks or from gels/shot blocks/jelly beans or a combination of food & drink is up to you. You can run without fuelling for quite a while, but your performance will be better if your body isn't struggling for energy, and you'll be able to maintain a higher quality workout for longer. Long and intense runs definitely got much easier after I started taking gels!

I'm a fan of Gu gels too. Somebody said below that they prefer the chocolate and mocha ones - they taste pretty good but are thicker than the other flavours and therefore I find them harder to take. Generally I stick with Vanilla Bean, with the occasional "Espresso Love" for variety.


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1/26/09 12:32 P

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I prefer the Gu packets. I've never gotten hungry on a run but the body does need nourishment when you are out for any length of time. They are easy to carry and have the complex carbs to keep the engine running. There are a number of different flavors, so try to find one that tastes OK. Take one with your water about every 45 min.

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1/26/09 9:42 A

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Well. Usually I don't get hungry until about mile 12 of a run, and I will only eat if I know I have to run more than 40 minutes past hunger.

I usually bring a clif bar or I've heard graham crackers, something your body can utilize immediately.

Lots of people swear by honey packets, or gummy bears, but I feel better if it's something with "substance", thus the Clif bar.

Try different things and see what works for you, especially if you have a finicky or sensitive stomach.

Another side note-Not all Gatorade has HFCs, some of the "endurance" doesn't and does have higher magnesium and potassium.

Edited by: JOYINRUNNING08 at: 1/26/2009 (09:44)
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1/26/09 8:37 A

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I eat shot bloks while running. But, I don't eat them for anything under 12 miles. I also don't drink gatorade/accelerade when my mileage is under 6-7 unless it is summer (hot humid, etc). Plain water usually suffices for me. That being said, I have 10 miles planned for Saturday and I guess I should get my fuel belt out and purchase some powder gatorade (I buy the kind you can make in a regular water bottle)

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1/26/09 12:58 A

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I take along a couple of honey packets. They give me the boost I need after 10 miles or so, plus the health benefits of honey are incredible.
I don't drink any of the gatorade/powerades anymore. They all have high fructose corn syrup in them, and just tons of sugar.

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1/25/09 8:14 P

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I'm a fan of Tangy Orange Cytomax. Cyclists have been using it for years on their long bike rides. It's a tasty drink mix and will also aide in recovery.

I will also use the gels on really long runs but only if they are chocolate or mocha flavored. LOL

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1/25/09 7:17 P

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while training for my marathon last year I never ate anything but I ran all my long runs with Accelerade and water.

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1/25/09 6:07 P

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I'm in the same place where I'm just starting to think about it and try some out. I polled some running friends to see what their favorites are and when I went to the running store last week bought one of each to see which I like best. I've done one so far and found that while it didn't make me gag, I didn't like it all, so that will go into my notes to self!

Good luck with your experiments!



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1/25/09 4:36 P

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I like the Jelly Sport Beans. I also stash water/G2 along my route.

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1/25/09 2:52 P

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I eat gummy bears during long runs.

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I personally like the Jelly Belly Sport Beans and take them along with Endurolytes if it's hot. My tummy can't handle alot at one time so the Beans are great...I just spread them out and eat a few at a time over an hour. I also lose alot of salt when it's hot (read look like I rolled in a pile of Morton's) and get sick if I don't take the endurolytes to replenish my sodium. Everyone is an experiment of 1 so you'll just have to try stuff out and see what works for you. I would reccommend trying them out on your long runs (even if it dosen't seem like you really need it) as a trial run. The last thing you want is to be in a position where you need them and can't handle it. As for me, I can't stand shot bloks and feel like I'm choking on them. Lots of other people love them. Good luck and HTH!

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I enjoy Clif Blocks on my long runs. Gummy bear-type consistency. They are easy to carry and don't need a lot of water to wash them down.

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Hmm, I've never had anything to eat during a run, but then again the longest I've run is 14 miles. I like your idea of taking powerade with you. When you run over a certain distance I really think you need more than just plain water. I'm with you on the gu/gel issue, I've never been a fan of these but many of my running friends are. Good luck.

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1/25/09 12:42 P

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I'm training for a marathon and I'm up to 10 miles this week. So I don't feel that I'm quite up to needing to eat during training yet. But I've been told that I need to at least start thinking about it.

What do any of you eat on long runs?
I'm not a huge fan of the idea of the gels...any other suggestions.

Today I am taking a water bottle with a little gatorads powder my roommate let me have. (It's a start)

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