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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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.
2013 Goals: - lose 50lbs -stay consistent in my workouts -strengthen my recently broken ankle
2012 Accomplishments: -cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot -completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon -sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.
Pounds lost: 20.3
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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.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
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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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2013 Races: Heart and Sole Race, 10K: June 15 STP Bike Ride: July 13-14 Portland Marathon: October 6
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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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!
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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