Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I have a dilemma

I really, really, really (times a million) do not enjoy eating while I run.

I tried Gu.

Not so good

I tried Shot Bloks.

A little better

I don't know what to do.

I found this article from last year that described the differences between Gu, Clif Shot Energy Gel and Luna Sport Moons energy chews (probably similar to Shot Bloks).

The end of the article mentioned that not everyone uses energy gels or chews for various reasons. I have even found on some other websites runners who say that for 16 miles or below that they do not eat or drink anything.

I have expressed my concerns to Mike and he told me that I probably don't need to eat anything. He even said "people have been running these distances for a long time without eating". My mom has told me the same thing and I know that she does her long runs without eating during them and she can hold a sub-9:00 minute pace.

But then I get nervous. What if I need the little bit of potential energy during our upcoming 10 mile race and our half marathon? I say potential because I really didn't notice anything from the Shot Bloks but that may have been because I was wasting energy from not being able to breathe.

I have said I would try cutting the Shot Bloks into smaller chunks, but I don't really want to do that. I may give Clif Shots a try, Mike seemed to like it on our 9 mile run, but should I try something new the day of a 10 mile race? Probably not. Gu did go down easier and it was the taste that I didn't like, so maybe I should try a new flavor.

It is hard to get advice from people because we are all different. What works for me might not work for Mike, my mom or any other runner out there and vice versa.

If you were me, what would you do? Go with Shot Bloks cut in smaller chunks? Try a different flavor of Gu or Clif Shots? Or would you go sans nutrition and see what happens?


  1. I like the consistency of Clif's gels a lot better than Gu. Gu chomps are smaller than clif bloks, but are harder and chewier.

    I tear open the top of the bloks wrapper, squeeze one up to the top, and bite it in half. Helps. I've also run with packs of cheap fruit snacks when I was in a pinch - seemed to do the trick. :)

  2. Hey! I actually creepy saw your comment on Ali Runs blog. And my garmin is out of commission too! I am debating putting down 30 dollars for a timex watch so that I can at least time myself or putting down 200 for a new garmin. :(

    And as for the nutrition thing, I like shot bloks better, but last weekend, I just ended up tossing it during a half marathon. The adrenaline gets me through and for me it's not worth the potential risk of having stomach problems during a run.

  3. Thanks for the suggestions ladies! I bought a Clif Shot Energy Gel (mocha) to try on our 5 mile run tonight. I definitely don't need anything during a 5 miler but I want to try it before the ten mile race in case it doesn't sit well. If it's not great but doable I might just bring it with me and see how it goes. I'll use it if I need it and if I don't need it then I won't use it!

    Rena - yea, my husband dropped our Garmin the other day and the stop/start button got stuck so we had to send it in for a replacement. Good thing it was still under warranty!

  4. I really like honey stingers chews. They are a lot easier to eat. I can't do the shot blocks, not because they taste bad, but exactly like you I think they are too big. It's worth a try. Also just plain gummy bears or fruit chews are ok too if you just need a little sugar or something during long runs. Good luck!

  5. I was looking into the honey stinger energy gels, I almost bought the Ginsting kind. I would love to have a few more options than just Clif shot energy gels!