I like the Gu gels - only certain flavors though. When training I've used a granola bar... usually the Kashi brand as they're around 100 cal, and I don't eat one until around mile 5-6, which is usually my second water stop. For training that's all I normally do. In a race I'll down a Gu packet starting at mile 4-5 and then every 4 ish miles after that. I take water with me so I grab gatorade at the water stops.
I tried a Powerbar during my first 10 mile race... it was awful to eat and I had terrible side stitches after eating that thing.
To add to the real food discussion, ... I find that I enjoy eating only when I come to a complete stop. Particularly helpful when I'm eating "real food" which requires chewing and also when I'm running with friends. My friends think (and so I have learned that) it's no big deal to stop, eat, talk, regroup, adjust laces, etc. and resume running.
However, in the middle of a HM *race*, stopping is something I try to avoid doing. So I stick with gels (or at worst, something that requires very little chewing effort like a banana or cookie). Even jellybeans are kind of an effort for me in the middle of a race.
So I think you really have to get used to consuming both real food and unreal food on long runs. Similarly, you should get used to stopping and not stopping during long runs. Sounds weird but it helps to master both skills.
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Thank you for this awesome info so far! I also have a VERY sensitive stomach and, up until now, I have been doing my runs early in the morning (before I even eat any breakfast). This morning, for my 5 mile run, I did have a banana before I left the house. I have yet to take water or sports drink with me on a run, but next week's 6-mile run will probably require that.
To start out, I'm going to try real food like Nancy suggested. I bought individual packs of Craisins (100 calories each, good source of carbs and not as much sugar as raisins). I will see how that goes and then, when my runs get longer (in the 8 mile range), I might experiment with some gels.
I am one of those runners who has a very sensitive stomach when running. By trial and error I have found that for long runs I can tolerate - Vanilla Bean, Chocolate or Espresso Gu, Shot Blocks, Cherry flavored Sport Beans, and gummy life savers. I drink Nuun or Ultima after the runs.....can't handle more than water while running.
Going to try PB pretzels one of these days.
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I have had okay luck with honey stingers , cliff shot bloks, but most other engineered gu's can give me discomfort. I found I have just as good luck with jellybelly jelly beans and raisins and sometimes pretzles (for the salt). Endurolytes in my water as some sports drinks (at least when full strength) can upset the stomach too.
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I'm a fan of Hammer Nutrition. I use Heed in my water bottle, supplemented w/plain water at the water stops. I'm very slow, so unless it is a very cool day, I need a lot of liquid. I also use one of the Hammer gels at the start and about every 45 min, thereafter. I'm currently experimenting w/the gel frequency, tho. Your long training runs are the time to experiment w/frequency and different types of fuel.
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ABSLUTELY John! There is NO sceintific evidence to support that engineered foods trump REAL food. The one thing that engineered foods have that real food doesn't is convenience...all you have to do is grab and go. BUT many runner's can have big time GI issues with the engineered foods as they dump carbs into the gut quickly. This is where trial and error come into play!
Nancy- Do you think someone like me can use pretzels, skittles, even twizzlers? I've never tried real foods like that on a run. During my first marathon last year a girl had a small ziplock bag with potato chips??
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This is tough...the reason, the newer you are to the sport of running the need for refueling is greater. In other words, for many runners a 10K can be completed in about an hour's time and if one has been running for many months/years, they should have the energy systems (glycogen stores) to complete the race without any refueling source. However, if you are new to endurance running then you may need to consider a refueling source if you expect to take longer than an hour to complete the distance. You will then want to start refueling about 30 minutes into your run with a simple carb (you do not have to use engineered foods either...pretzels, skittles, even twizzlers can do the trick).
Once you get to the half-marathon distance, then you will want to consider a taking a refueling source for sure...you want to consume about 120 calories of carbs (30 grams) every hour it takes to complete your event, beginning around 40 minutes into your race.
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