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3/8/11 4:35 P

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on most long run these days I run with accel-gel.

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3/8/11 12:36 P

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I love GUs - Chocolate Mint, Espresso Love, and Gingerbread are especially great. But any do well.

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3/8/11 12:14 P

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Powerbar Energy Gel Blasts - I like the raspberry ones but the lemon are good too.
As for drinks, I go with a packet or two of Emergen-C in my water bottle. I prefer the Raspberry or Pink Lemonade flavors.

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3/8/11 12:09 P

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Runs of 5 miles or less, I don't use anything.

My long runs of 8 miles or longer, I drink Powerade Zero and eat GU. I like anything that is 2xCaffeine like expresso, jet blackberry and roctane blueberry. The expresso is my fave.
On half marathons, I also carry twizzlers bit sizes.

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3/8/11 12:02 P

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Gu - ESPRESSO LOVE!!!
Ok, the vanilla is okay, too.
I accept the guey, sticky easily rinsed and absorbed over the chewy, stuck in your teeth alternatives. I don't like solids when I am moving.

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3/8/11 11:31 A

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On short runs, I like Hammer Nutrition gels I like them all except for Apple Cinnamon. I also like GU brand.

On really long runs, I bring a couple of gels, some Sustained Energy (a powder you mix with water), a crunchy granola bar broken into bite sized pieces, and some cash in case I want to stop at the store and get a small bag of pretzels or crackers.

For electrolyte replacement, I use capsules, rather than liquids. I have also tried the gels with electrolytes in them (most gels/gus don't have electrolytes, at least not enough to keep you going in that department), and those aren't too bad, except they are really tart.

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3/8/11 10:57 A

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I will take any orange or flavored "GU" like gel, but inbetween LOVE gummy bears. They go down easy--don't have to chew so hard like with shot blocks and not as sweet as sport beans. I use gatorade/powerade for the electrolytes and sodium, but use the gummies for fun carbs.

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3/8/11 10:52 A

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Another GU fan here. Although NOT the chocolate, as it gives me gas. All the other flavours are great. The DW swears by Shot Bloks, I personally think they are a choking hazard.

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3/8/11 10:23 A

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Hammer Espresso or Raspberry gels

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3/8/11 10:16 A

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For the run I like the Power Gels and Clif Shots.
For the bike I like the Clif Bloks, Power Gel Energy Blasts, and fruits.

For drinks I like diluted Gatorade or Hammer Nutrition HEED.

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3/8/11 10:04 A

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I have also used Sports Beans and had very good luck with them also.

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3/8/11 9:58 A

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So far I've stuck to drinks: I prefer Gatorade, diluted to at least 1:5. I find it far too sweet and cloying to drink straight.

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3/8/11 9:51 A

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I like Cliff Shot Blocks but I let them melt in my mouth. Yes, chewing makes them get stuck in your teeth. I like them and Chomps because they're small.
I've tried GU/gels but I have a few issues with them. 1. Packaging - foil pouch can be tough to open and then you have the sticky foil pouch to carry with you for the rest of your run, 2. Sticky mess - the GU gets on your hands, 3. Too much - there is simply too much GU in one packet for me. NOW, that being said, I know there are small bottles that you can put the GU in before your run. This would probably be the only way I'd use a GU. Of the GU's that I've tried I like the fruit flavors best.

Edited by: SALTYCHOCOLATE at: 3/8/2011 (10:05)
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3/8/11 9:50 A

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Powerbar Energy Gel Blasts - love them! The texture of the gu packets get to me, but I love these gummy treats! I mean, gel filled energy chews... emoticon

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3/8/11 9:43 A

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I tried several kinds of gels and GU by far works the best for me. I have a fellow Spark running buddy that sent me a big assortment of GU that I am anxious to try. The chocolate mint causes GI issues but not the outrage so its all by trial and error. Chomps...a disaster with teeth. GU all the way!

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3/8/11 9:37 A

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LAURIE - I think the Gu Chocolate Outrage tastes just like chocolate fudge... I'm not even a chocolate-lover, but it tastes SO GOOD! I'm glad I'm not the only one! Most people in my running group find the Gu gels to be gross. (I personally don't like any of the other flavors, especially the fruit ones.)

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3/8/11 9:34 A

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For me its GU Chocolate Outrage all the way baby!!! We are talking brownie batter cloing!!! Then its Powerade for this chickie for fluid and works every time.

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3/8/11 9:27 A

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What are you favorite electrolyte gels, "gu", drinks, etc?

I seem to be in the minority and absolutely love the Gu Chocolate Outrage (with caffeine). I also enjoy the Honey Stinger energy chews.

How about you?

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