Contributed by Samantha Zeigler, Author of the blog Running and Cupcakes
For so long I’ve been battling nausea on my long runs and races and I couldn’t figure out why. Now that I’ve taken my marathon training to the next level – with New Orleans less than 3 weeks away, and Cox Rhode Races in May (which you will be hearing a lot more about in the coming weeks) I knew I had to figure something out quick.
A few weeks ago I mentioned this to my friend Jen. She is also a runner, and she works at REI, so she’s knowledgeable in all things run-fuel related.
She asked me what I was taking during my runs; I told her GU. I had discovered on my own that there are certain flavors of GU that I can’t take, such as Strawberry-Banana, Vanilla Bean, and Roctane Pomegranate Blueberry. I told her all of this and she recommended some new to me products.
These products also fall in line with my wanting to eat more natural food.
I took her advice and tried the following:
Honey Stinger Chews – in Pink Lemonade, Orange Blossom, and Pomegranate Passion Fruit.
I really like these chews. I’ve tried GU Chomps and Clif Shot Bloks in the past. Both of those were too big for me to chew, and got stuck in my teeth. The Shot Bloks also left me with a gooey feeling in my throat. The Honey Stingers are small, don’t get stuck in your teeth, and are really tasty. Plus they’re USDA Certified Organic.
Jelly Belly Sport Beans – in Assorted. The flavors included in this package are berry, fruit punch, lemon lime, and orange.
I like the Sport Beans because they’re easy to chew (they’re just like a standard jelly bean) and they’re juicy. They don’t dry your mouth out or make you feel super thirsty. They are also made with natural flavoring and natural colors.
Hammer Gel – in Montana Huckleberry and Raspberry.
These are delicious! It’s like eating a packet of jam. I bought the orange flavor as well but haven’t tried it yet. These are gluten free and vegan friendly, as well all natural.
None of these fuels bother my stomach, and I have not had a bout of nausea since using them. Looks like no more GU for me!
I’ve also begun fueling every 45 minutes on any run 10 miles or longer. Someone told me this once, and I can’t remember who or I’d give her credit right now! It also says it on the package of most run fuels! Ever since starting this I’ve never bonked or hit the wall in any of my long runs.
What do you guys use to fuel your long runs and races?