I had a shorter run on the agenda today, but I wanted to try out some Gu that I bought a few weeks ago. I thought it might be smart to test it while running at the gym in case it caused any stomach problems.
I first ate a plain piece of toast, because it just didn’t seem wise to down a vial of sugar first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I sat on the couch, tore open the wrapper, and took my first taste of the stuff.
It was weird.
I opted for the Tri-Berry flavor, which contains caffeine. Mmm, caffeine.
The texture was similar to that of a glob of gummy bears that’s been under the seat of your car for three days during a heat wave. So that was a little off-putting. It was also incredibly sweet, and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.
After the initial taste, I felt like I needed to see what this stuff looked like, so I squeezed some out onto my finger. It was glittery. Is that good? I guess it did make me feel a little fancy.
I choked down the rest, chasing it all with a healthy dose of water, and headed to the gym. I’m happy to report that it didn’t make me feel sick during my 4 miles, and I never felt wiped out. My legs actually felt pretty good when I was done.
I have several more flavors I plan on trying, but I will say that, for me, the texture left something to be desired.
A friend of mine recommended Energy Gel Blasts by PowerBar, which appear to be goo-filled fruit snacks. I can get behind that. I plan on looking for some this weekend at the sporting goods store.
I’ve also had success refueling with classic Gatorade during my long runs. If I don’t find something I like better than that, I might just ditch all the crazy snacks and stick with that.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever tried to eat/drink during a run? Did it work? What’s your favorite refueling tip?