but fear not, good townspeople ... this fanatical runner continues to log the kilometres. even in this wicked heatwave.
on my coach's recommendation, i've begun to use a 4-bottle hydration belt (generously given to me by my friend trevor) on my long runs. for probably 98% of all of my training over the past three years i've had no fluids, solids or gels with me - regardless of distance. perhaps not the smartest move, but i've been reluctant to strap on anything that (a) restricts or constricts my body and (b) few things motivate me to move faster than the lure of refreshment/replenishment at the end of a good run.
now that the fuel belt (and yes, it is a FuelBelt) has been incorporated to my sunday morning routine, i've also decided to try bringing along gels to help get me through the 30+ km distances. for those of you unfamiliar with gels, they are small packets (larger than fast food ketchup packs) of energy, often providing much needed
- sodium/potassium (which helps stave off muscle cramps)
- and sometimes caffeine
i've tried most of the major brands of gels - powerbar, gu, hammer, clif. to-date i've found that gu gels provide me with the most bang for my buck, although hammer nutrition's gels (promoted as all natural) are the easiest consistency for me to swallow.
in the gu brand, the flavs that i stock up on the most are:
- strawberry banana
- mint chocolate
- jet blackberry
- chocolate raspberry roctane (uber-caffeinated to wake me from my stupor during the late stages of the run)
are you a gel-eater? what brands or flavours do you prefer? and how often do you consume?
if you don't take them, what do you know that we don't?