...with a gel. I never thought it'd happen to me, but here I am, contemplating eating a Honey Stinger Gold as a bedtime snack. They're that good. Really.
(Please pardon the cell phone photo- my camera battery was DONE for the day)
I guess it's not technically a gel. It's basically honey + vitamins. It looked, smelled and tasted like honey. Me likey.
I took this bad boy with me on my 8-miler today. It's been a while since I've run 8 miles (shhh....). My route took me through Manhattan Beach, past Brighton Beach and down the Coney Island boardwalk to Seagate. It really doesn't get any better than that. It was a bit cooler today than it's been, but still pretty warm, and VERY sunny. The run started out all right- my first mile was 7:45, and things were going well until about mile 3, when (as has happened to me several times recently), I became EXTREMELY nauseous. Like, barely walking, convinced I'm going to puke on the boardwalk nauseous. The smell of boardwalk food (usually delicious) did not help. I made it to mile 4.5 and stopped to stretch.
I was planning on saving the Honey Stinger until later in my run, but I was feeling pretty crappy, and willing to give it a go. I was VERY relieved at how smoothly it went down. I ate it slowly while walking, and to my surprise, it actually settled my stomach a bit. The burst of sugar helped me get through the next 3.5 miles, and though my pace had slowed, I felt more steady on the second 1/2 of my run than the first.
Honey Stinger was kind enough to send me a sample pack to try as I prepare for my upcoming 1/2. I did not pay for this product, but I WILL be purchasing the Honey Stinger Golds once I finish sampling the other products. I'm so happy to have found a gel-ish substance that works AND tastes wonderfully!
Have you tried Honey Stingers? Thoughts?