After my long run yesterday I bought some running supplies.
I actually already had the Cherry Frost G2; I just wanted to include it in this photo because it’s delicious. Plus, it doesn’t make me look like I have clown lips like regular cherry does.
A lot of runners have certain foods they have to avoid or else they’ll be running for the port-a-potties. I’m fortunate that my stomach doesn’t seem to care what I eat when I’m on a long run. (Hope I didn’t jinx myself.) So for me it comes down to what’s easiest to carry/consume while moving. I find Gu a little messy; I feel like a bear eating a pot of honey. So I decided to buy a variety of non-Gu options.
The Nuun is an alternative to Gatorade. Each pack has a bunch of tablets and you dissolve one into water, like Alka-Seltzer. The ones I got contain caffiene; not sure if all flavors do. I tried the Cherry Limeade this afternoon and liked it a lot. I’m not sure if Nuun fans use it because they don’t like Gatorade or if there are other reasons but since I like both I’ll probably continue to consume both.
The Honey Stinger is something else I’ve heard of but never tried until today. I ate a chocolate waffle (not pictured because I ate it) before my run today and it tasted ok but I don’t understand how someone could eat one of those while on the move. It was too crumbly for me and I prefer fuel you can eat the entire portion of rather than something like this where you’ve got to take bites.
I used the Shot Bloks for the first time on Sunday (hence the partially eaten package). The packaging they come in made holding the pack and squeezing them out one at a time very easy. The consistency was a little gummy. I felt like parts stuck in my teeth but I suppose dealing with that was a nice distraction from how many miles I had to go. They tasted pretty good (strawberry). I can’t remember how many come in a pack but I didn’t need the whole pack on my 12 mile run; I took one around mile 5 and then 1 more every couple miles. That fueling strategy seems to be most effective for me–it keeps me mentally engaged and I’m getting a steady stream of fuel before my tank is ever totally empty.
So I’m thinking my race day fueling strategy will go something like this:
- Drink one Gatorade/Nuun immediately when I wake up.
- Eat a banana and either half or a whole Clif bar depending on how hungry I am.
- Carry one pack of Shot Bloks and take them at regular intervals after about 45 minutes. I’ll try to time consumption with when I’m approaching water stations.
- If I eat them all and feel like I need more fuel I’ll get one of the free Gus on the course.
I always do the first two things for long runs/races but previously used Gu during the run. I like the Shot Blok strategy better.
I also got fancy socks! I never thought I’d spend $15 on a pair of socks but here we are. I was drawn to these socks because they have extra cushioning on the heel and front and sides of the foot. I think this will help with the blisters I get sporadically.
I got two pairs, both in neon colors, because neon clothing reminds me of stuff I’d wear as a kid in the 80s and that makes me happy.
I wore these on my run today and they were very comfortable so I’ll probably start phasing out my cheap socks and buying more like this. I’ll do this over a series of years because $15 for socks? Yikes! I’m slowly accumulating nicer running stuff and most of it needs to be hand washed. I normally don’t have the patience for that but given the financial investment, I’ve adapted. 🙂