Tuesday, January 06, 2009

All Gu-ed out!!

"Gu" is an energy gel that I have been using pretty regularly during all my long runs and during my marathons and tris. The Gu gels are a great source of carbohydrates and during runs, I typically try to take one every 50 minutes or so. They help maintain my energy during the long runs and also keep me from becoming tired/hungry. I've never really had any major problems with them in the past and actually quite enjoyed the Chocolate Gus!

Over the last 6 months however, I've lost the taste for Gus. I find it very hard to stomach them, and it's been a challenge trying to consume them during workouts. I've tried washing them down with water, tried different flavors and alternate brands but those have not worked as well. I switched to the jelly beans and the shot blocks - which have been good, but those just dont produce as much energy and are also quite cumbersome to carry along for a run. Gu packets - I can just pin on to my shorts!

When I'm out on the course for 4-5 hours, I really need energy replenishments. Otherwise, I tire easily. I carry gatorade or salt tablets typically to help with electrolyte replacements, but I am not sure what to do now about carb replacements. Any suggestions folks??

I'm all Gu-ed out and my race is just 3 weeks away!! :(

8 comments:

Vishwas said...

I am a newbie to this whole thing, everything I know is from you! Haha! IN my little experience- I too don't like the taste of GU. But at a water stop I just wash it down with water/gatorade. It appears that you have already tried this! :(

Dante said...

well i have always depended on PowerBar gels especially the tangerine and green apple flavors ... you can't beat the zesty taste and if i am really feeling sleepy, i usually go for the coffee flavored ones.... you can check them out here ... http://www.powerbar.com.sg/products_gel.html

Charanya said...

I think I'm just currently hating all sorts of gels - regardless of brands and flavors! Guess I'll just have to suck it up (no pun intended) and consume those things!

Sharanya said...

You can be like my hubby and carry peanut laddoos! I kid you not! He hates Gu too, and prefers real food.

gk said...

Bottled bananas

Dante said...

When i served in the army and we needed to go those all nite route marches, we usually bring along enuff mini snickers bars and red bull .... u could try the same ... snickers bars are great for quick energy .....

Charanya said...

It's just highly inconvenient to carry real food unfortunately - otherwise I would happily do that! :)

And G...haha...I need the H2O in my water bottle...no space for a banana! :p

The Steph said...

I know you said you don't want more Gu, but I tried Stingers (from REI) and they aren't bad. They're honey-based, so if you like honey, they're awesome. :-) I've had the plain and the strawberry, both with good results.

I got sick of Gu after a long run 2 weeks ago. Now, I'm searching for a replacement. Keep me updated on your search!