First Race of the Year is tomorrow!

Which means a relatively speedy 5 mile run on Friday and Body Pump this morning were probably ill-advised, but whatever – tomorrow is a 10 mile race and an automatic PB since it’s a new distance to me!  It’s nice when there’s no pressure (unless you’re having a sports massage, in which case, what are you paying for?!).  I’m still not used to long distances so don’t really know how I’m going to pace myself or anything, I’ll just see how it goes.  I will, however, be experimenting with energy-food-stuffs.

Now, I’m familiar with sports drinks as I’ll usually neck one if I have a particularly grueling gym session, but I have never really bothered on runs.  When I was in Australia I bought some powder-form Gatorade (the BEST sports drink, in my opinion, but sadly, not widely available in the UK).  I’ve made up a bottle’s worth and it took all my willpower not to neck it, because it tastes awesome.

Better than Powerade

So I’ll have this as a nice little treat before the run, but I have also bought an assortment of probably-shit-tasting energy things that I may or may not use during the run.

Not real food

I have tried the caffeine-injected jelly beans once before, and I can confirm that although initially they tasted normal, the aftertaste did indeed taste like ass, but the gels I am new to.  Anyone have any advice regarding best (as in least terrible) flavours?  And do they make a difference with performance?

Either way, watching Starship Troopers and eating Nutella from the jar probably isn’t what I should be doing just now…

 

6 thoughts on “First Race of the Year is tomorrow!

  1. First of all….LOVE NUTELLA that has to be the best thing ever created! 🙂

    Now on to the not so trivial stuff ;)…I tried the jelly beans while running, but the whole chewing and running thing is not for me. The same goes for the shot blocks, no matter what flavor. During a 10 mile run I usually just go with 1 energy gel and water. I found out that mixing the sports drink and the gel (I actually use PowerBar Energy – Vanilla and/or Raspberry I think http://www.powerbar.com/products/442/powerbar-energy-gel.aspx ) would cause my stomach to upset after mile about 13.

    It is also very easy to pin them to your running shorts (or whatever you are wearing) to where you can just tear them right off (and the top of the gel pack + safety pin USUALLY stay on your shorts) making it easy to squeeze it into your mouth and toss the empty gel pack (into a trash can, of course ;)).

    Good luck tomorrow! Can’t wait to hear out it went.

  2. Energy gels have saved my running career. I have one before every run. Some are thicker than others, and I am starting to really like the thicker ones. The more caffeine the better! The very first time I tried one, it freaked me out. I also love love love ShotBloks.
    My local grocery store sells gels, and they had a huge display to clearance the Cliff brand ones out. I bought 24 @ $.50 each today! Jackpot!

  3. Good luck!! I use GU gels. I have tried a few others, but can’t stomach their taste or consistency (literally “stomach”). My favorite flavors are Strawberry/Banana and TriBerry. For a 10-miler I would probably have one.

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