As you all already know I am training for my next marathon and last night for Valentine ’s Day (okay after dinner and a wonderful time with my man) I made a stop at Dicks for some new fuel to try out. I think I am finding a good mix but I only have 2 months left to make sure I get this right.
This is all unsolicited but here is what I discovered today (the good and the bad).
I started with these as I drove to my long run:
They were pretty good but after about 10 I wanted to not eat anymore due to the fact that the lemon taste was getting to me (insert the puckered face look here). I was drinking a lot so maybe it was good I ate them. I did feel like I had a lot of energy at the beginning and they were able to sustain me through the fast part of my run.
Up next around mile 5.5, I ate this. (I usually eat it sooner but I was doing a fast 5.5 miles and then a long 11.5 miles so I was pacing myself)
This seems to be my new favorite. I love the taste and believe it or not, it is not as thick as GU. I felt the energy fairly quickly and I was able to keep a pretty solid pace.
My final energy gel was taken around mile 10 (I probably should have taken the other one I brought around mile 15 but quite frankly I was just ready to be done by then so I didn’t).
I thought this one would be good because it is very thin but I totally disliked it. Maybe it was the flavor. I had the vanilla one thinking that it would be nice to have something a little different. Well let’s just say the feeling I had in my stomach was a little different, I wanted to find a place to get rid of it! But I didn’t I found myself drinking a lot of my water I brought along to get the taste out of my mouth and to try and calm my stomach. (Guess what I won’t be buying again, vanilla!)
All in all I was able to complete my 17 mile run at my favorite place in the snow (it snowed the WHOLE time) and it felt pretty good. I felt like I learned a lot about the fueling piece but there is still work to do before that April marathon (it is coming to fast!!!!). Here are all the ones I picked up last night:
Anyone else ever had these issues? Any recommendations for some fuel that has worked for you?
Happy 15th day of February!