I tried Gu.
Not so goodI 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?