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One of my favorite books to read to my kids when they were younger was the Berenstain Bears Bike Lesson. The premise of the book was that the dad did a bunch of stupid things and then said they were lessons: “That is what you should not do. So let that be a lesson for you.”
Sometimes I feel like this is the perfect analogy for my running. I go out too fast, I over dress, and I regularly screw up my fueling on anything over a half marathon run. Since today’s topic is “Race Fuel”, I thought I’d share my strategy (or lack there of.) Join Marcia, Patty and I and tell us what you eat on the run.
Under a half marathon? I don’t need anything but nuun. I do most of my training runs fasted (and did even before I started doing the Faster Way to Fat Loss. (affiliate link)) My stomach is just not a fan of food in the morning. On race day I eat a PB&J, mostly because I usually have to wake up hours before the race even starts. But once I eat that, I generally don’t eat anything more than a few sips of Gatorade during the race. It’s what works for me.
But I have yet to figure longer runs and marathons. I’ve tried gels, chews, rice krispy treats, animal crackers, soup (yes, that was actually amazing), pickles, hard boiled eggs…
Last year I ran the Marine Corps Marathon on one Gu, a lot of Gatorade, and a mini coke. We all know how well that went.
So, this year, I’m trying to go back to a product I loved and for whatever reason stopped using: Honey Stinger. I’ve been eating the waffles as snacks for years (what? They are tasty!) and I like the honey gels, but my current trial product is the chews. I need something I can get down easily without gagging me, as well as something that won’t turn my stomach. So far (and I’ve not run far at all since December, sigh), these seem to do the trick. In fact, I’ve been liking the products so much I actually became an ambassador this year.Now I just need to figure out how to remember to eat earlier in a marathon, when I’m not used to eating during a race…