There is a great book called “The Year of Running Dangerously” (which is reviewed separately in these blogs) where the main character helps his daughter during a marathon by giving her magic beans to help with cramping. Fact is, you need to manage your fluid and carbohydrate intake during long runs. I called an old friend last week, who is 82, an ironman and going strong mountain biking in Arizona – his main advice was to manage this stuff and not bonk during a race.
I’m running a half marathon next weekend which, at my snails’ pace of 11:45/mi, will take me ~2.5 hrs to complete. After 90 min, you should consider taking come kind of supplement every hour or so. I have never done this. This is the beginning of weeks of experimentation to find out which product works best for me. Coach says to find two gels, two chewables and two powders that I like.
Current items I’m checking out after 90 min to note if it tastes good and if it improves how I feel:
- Sport Beans – 100 cal/package, 80 mg sodium, 40 mg potassium, 25g carb (17g sugars). made of cane sugar, tapioca syrup, apple juice, etc. These are made by jelly belly
- RESULT: Tried this at 1:18 with another 30 min to go. Too sugary and pain to keep popping the little ones/whole pack of 100 cal. Did not have noticeable affect – was cold. No cramping.
- Salt Stick – 215 mg sodium
- Tailwind powder mix
- skatch labs – gummies
- Vfuel Gels
- Honey stinger gummies – packet, 160 cal, 39g carbs made from organic tapioca syrup, organic sugar, organic honey, grape juice
- Shot Blocks
- Gu gel – 100 cal packet, 25 g carb made from maltodextrin, water, fructose, leucine, sea salt, 125 mg sodium
- Hammer nutrition – chocolate recoverite and for during training
- Hammer nutrition – Endurolytes
- Hydragel sports fuel gel 100 made from total crap, glucose, fructose, 25g sugars
I was happy that I also found some sport beans today a the Heartbreak Hill Running Store in Boston!
I’ll be updating this post with results.