So, it's Wednesday... an unplanned rest day for me (although, I should have been able to look at the calendar and realize that the day AFTER St. Patricks Day was going to be a rest day). But, it's time for me to start thinking about the weekend...
Saturday is installment #2 of the 20 milers and I'm trying to plan accordingly. After the debacle of my first 20+ a few weeks ago, it's clear that I need to institute a few changes into my preparation and my actual training runs themselves.
I've pretty much figured out the preparation part... PIZZA. Baked potatoes, Pasta, etc.. So, that just leaves fueling my runs while running. I need it, as much as I've tried to train without any kind of energy gels, jelly beans, etc... I really feel like they would help my runs significantly.
Soooo... I'm jumping back onto the fuel bandwagon... But, I need to find something that is going to work for me and my oh so sensitive stomach. Not an easy feat.
A long time ago... I used to use Sport Beans. And then they started giving me heartburn while running (which, was funny... because I had never had heartburn before, so it took me awhile to realize that's what it was, and that my heart wasn't actually burning from the running). So, yeah.. Sports Beans are out.
Next up: Gels. I find gels to be messy (sticky fingers! arg!), gross, and hard for me to get down. I also find that I drink too much water with them... which sloshes around in my stomach with the gel and makes me sick.
I do like the Gatorade/Acclerade option. But, it's not that easy to carry on you. (I do have a hydration belt... but, ugghhh.. I just feel so lame and sloshy while wearing it). And the gatorade on race courses is always that watered down gatorade made from a mix.
I'm going to head to my local running shop tonight or tomorrow night and check out my other options. I'm thinking I'd like the Clif Shot Bloks. I definitely want something with electrolytes and possibly extra sodium, since I'm one of those runners that ends up with a white, crusty shell on my skin after runs.
Anybody got some good suggestions for me? How do you fuel up during runs? And... as importantly... at what points during the run/race?