You need to take in carbs during your runs. The rule of thumb is that you need to take in 100 calories after your first hour on the roads. Then, you need to take in another 100 calories every 30-45 minutes after that. Luckily, there are several products out there that are convenient and can help you accomplish this.
Energy gels popular among many long distance runners. They are absorbed quickly after you take one. And, most of them are generally 100 calories, so it’s easy to know how much to take. All you have to do is to open them and take them in. No chewing – just a gel-like consistency. CarbBoom is my favorite of the gels – I love their Orange-Vanilla flavor. The only downside of gels is that sometimes if the package doesn’t open correctly, you may get a little sticky. But, overall, gels are great for a shot of convenient energy when you need it.
Recently companies have come out with even more convenient energy products. You can get Jelly Belly Sport Beans. Who know eating jelly beans would be a good thing? These are very convenient and not messy at all. They also have electrolytes in them to help replenish what you are losing as you sweat.
Another new product that is out on the is are made by PowerBar. Not too long ago on a long training run, I tried them. At first, the consistency was kind of weird – but then, I realized that they were kind of like a gummy bear. And, then a “blast” of gel from the inside. I tried the Raspberry Flavor – yum.
PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts come in a nice little foil pack that is resealable. So, it makes them great to tuck into a pocket to take more out of on super long runs. I really like them as I sometimes fight with the gel packets trying to get them open. So, these work great.
Whichever one you decide on – it’s important to take in some calories on the run. You need the energy to get through your run and feel strong at the end. And, whatever you decide, try it out before race day. You don’t want to anything on race day that may upset your stomach. Take what you are accustomed to.