Today’s Friday Five post comes at the perfect time. Today we’re talking fueling. I say it’s the perfect time because I’m currently trying to nail down my strategy for Chicago.
Travis and I really differ when it comes to fueling. He can run without much at all and will just grab whatever is on the course for a full marathon- usually a banana or whatever candy a random spectator is passing out (isn’t there some sort of rule about taking candy from strangers?…). I, on the other hand usually have to have some sort of fuel for anything over 10-11 miles or I get shaky. In the past I’ve tried Gu (can’t do it…it’s a texture thing.), Shot Bloks, and Swedish Fish/Sour Patch Kids. Nothing has seemed to work very well for me.
Before I got injured last fall, I had started trying some real food options per Denny’s suggestion, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much better I was feeling from a fueling stand point. So for this year, I’m planning on sticking to the same idea and trying out a few different things
Here are five of my favorite fueling products
- Nuun– This is my absolute go to for electrolytes. There are two different options that you can choose from: their electrolyte tabs- original or energy which contain caffeine) or their performance line which contains more carbs to help you out for longer distances. I just got my hands on some performance to test out, and I’m really looking forward to it!
- Honey Stinger Waffles- These were a new try for me just this last week. I tried the caramel flavor and loved it. First off, these are delicious…I think I’d probably eat them as a snack on the regular. I ate it about half way through a 17 mile run and had no issues with it upsetting my stomach and didn’t feel shaky. I think I would need more than one for a full marathon, or at least would need to use them in addition to another fueling option.
- Lara Bars- These are good cut up into small pieces. It makes it a little challenging to carry and they can get a little squished but it’s definitely doable with a belt and sandwich bag. My favorites are apple pie and peanut butter cookie.
- Dried Fruit-I love to use dried pineapple. You get the sugar and carbs of course, but I also find it to be very refreshing as well. I picked up some dried blueberries and craisins to test out this coming weekend too.
- Applesauce Pouches- These are super easy since they’re meant to be portable. The only downside is that they don’t quite fit into the gel holder on a running belt.
Obviously fueling is a very individualized thing so it might take some tweaking to find what works for you. Don’t be afraid to try a variety of different options!
What’s your favorite way to fuel on a long run?
Electrolyte drink or plain ‘ol water?