Do you feel nauseous simply at the thought of lemon-lime Gatorade and GU gel mid-run? For whatever reason, these are the fuel stations of choice at nearly every race. However, I know I’m not alone when I say that these two particular products do not sit well with me when my runner’s stomach is all jumbled up and my body is focusing its energy elsewhere (AKA not on digestion).
In fact, anything but water sends my stomach into knots for the remaining miles. Oranges, bananas, raisins, pretzels, Dunkin Donuts munchkins (served at a stop during the Marine Corps Marathon- I was desperate, don’t judge me): you name it, I’ve tried it…and it’s been unsuccessful.
Of course, you need to practice your fueling strategy on long runs to make sure everything sits well with you prior to race day. But who wants to ruin their long runs on the reg, trying to continually force down GU or other suggested fueling strategies until your body learns to accept them? Not me! Fortunately, after lots of trial and error and long runs cut short, I’ve discovered the only 3 products that work with my super-sensitive runner’s stomach: Nuun, Clif Shot Bloks, and Jelly Belly Sport Beans. Continue reading