Saturday, April 13, 2013

To Fuel or Not to Fuel?

Posted by CheapRunnerRhoda
Fuel? Is it necessary for a long run?
 
So far, my training to date has not included using any sort of fuel other than the surplus supply that my body carries around…. As I am increasing my mileage I am noticing that I bonk out more and I might need to consider giving in to some of the advice I have read and heard about fueling. I decided I would try some out this week on my long run. Goal was to run 24 km.

Pre-Run fuel was this-not the best choice


I usually have one of these but I forgot one at home and found the Mr. Noodles stashed in my desk.


I picked up some Clif Shot Gel this week.


These are $1.49 each at Sport Chek.  They only had these 2 kinds so I thought I would try a couple of each.

Last night, I ran 24 km. I ran it on the treadmill, which counts in miles so I will switch over to mile talk.  I had 1/2 Razz Gel at mile 5, I know that is a little early in a run but I was feeling that bonking out.  It did give me a pick me up and I was feeling pretty good.  At mile 10 I had the other 1/2 and that was good to get me to the end.  I was really feeling like quitting at mile 14 but pushed it through to the end of mile 15-completing the 24 km I set out to do.
I feel like the gel did me good so I think I will continue to try them during runs like this.

As for tonight? I plan on doing a little refueling with this...


Have a great Saturday night everyone!

3 comments:

  1. Good job on the 24K Rhodes! I use the Gu gels on my long runs, they work good for me. May try out these Clif gels too...I have used the Clif Shot Blocks and they were good.

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  2. Enjoy your "re-fueling" at the cottage :)
    Looking forward to our run tomorrow night together!!!

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  3. Yes me too! I think we should start a Sunday tradition!

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