Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gel Hell

Runner friends! Help! I'm desperately looking for a gel that isn't impossible to choke down... I'm new to fueling during a race, and the gels I've tried have left me gagging...

Do you use gel? Chews? What brand? How far into a run?

8 comments:

Holly said...

I use lara bars cut up into pieces. I couldn't stand even trying gels and I don't like the chews. You could also use swedish fish or jelly beans. You don't really need to fuel for anything under an hour though. If you are going over an hour than I have read every 30 mins, but it's pretty individual so you just have to figure out what works for you.

Keelie Sheridan said...

Awesome advice, Holly! I'm training for a 1/2, and I want to start figuring out what works for me...

Julie D. said...

ok, i'm not a gel person for the most part. I use Clif Shot Bloks and really like them. You do have to chew a little so if you have a hard time with that while running, you might want to stick with gels. I don't usually use them in training unless I'm running more than 10 miles. When i'm doing a training run of 10+ though, I will use them just like in a race... which I start at 5 miles in or 45 minutes in and then another 3 bloks every 5 miles. Hope you find something you like and works for you! It is different for everybody. Let me know if you have any other questions!

kdbaker05 said...

Jelly belly makes sport beans. That's what my husband uses. They are yummy and easy to eat on a run.

Keelie Sheridan said...

THANK YOU, ladies! I will try all of these and report back! :)

fancy nancy said...

I used the sport jelly beans when I was training for Boston...now I can't even look at them! I have also used GU in the past. Love the taste but usually don't eat the whole packet at once. I break it into two. I have a cranky stomach when I run though so I have stopped fueling since I am only doing half marys right now.

Julie said...

I use vanilla and chocolate Powerbar Gels. I eat them every 4 miles on runs and every 40 minutes on the bike (with other nutrition on the bike). Those are really the only two flavors I like. I take them with about 4 oz of water so they sit well in my tummy.

Keelie Sheridan said...

@Nancy- Did you OD on the jellybeans? :)

@Julie- the only way I've been able to get them down is with copious amounts of water... I haven't tried the Powerbar ones yet- thanks!

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