Friday Five 8/18: Fueling

Friday Five 8/18: Fueling

Happy Friday!

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

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?


We’re linking with Running On Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0

By |2017-08-18T13:04:19+00:00August 18th, 2017|Friday Five|6 Comments


  1. Kim G August 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I snack on Lara Bars sometimes at work, but never thought of using it as a fueling option. Great idea!

    • taleof2halfs August 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      I wouldn’t have thought to use them as fuel until it was recommended to me! They can get a little messy so I try to avoid the ones with chocolate in them

  2. [email protected] August 18, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Nuun is my favorite way to re hydrate. I like drinking that even when I am not running.

    • taleof2halfs August 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      We do too! Sometimes we use the vitamin blend but usually just the regular tabs

  3. Coco August 20, 2017 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Nuun for sure! I’ve been having applesauce on bike rides. Love the slurpability!

    • taleof2halfs August 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      It’s so easy to use!

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