E is for Energy gels


I am someone who cannot run on an empty stomach (or do anything for that matter).

I have tried a variety of things but energy gels with water work best for me. Gu is the brand that I use the most often.

5 vanilla Gu & 5 chocolate Gu - my favorites

Vanilla and chocolate outrage are my favorites – I like espresso love too.

Recently I tried PowerBar gels and I like them too. (They are a little bit more liquidy than Gu.)

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this is the only flavor I have tried

I also tried a Clif Shots geI before my last 5K.  It was also more liquidy (and messy). They sell them in supermarkets so that is a plus (4 for $5).

Click HERE for a comparison chart. (I use them because of taste and didn’t realize how different they are… Power Gel has a lot more sodium than the others.)

I take energy gels before any race and before runs that I do in the morning. (Since they have caffeine, I do not take any later in the day.)

During my long runs or races, I take one every 4 miles or 45 minutes…with water.  So far I have not had any stomach issues.

Happy Running!  What do you take for energy when running?

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10 thoughts on “E is for Energy gels

  1. I like GU best – the others are too liquidy for me as well. The other thing I can use when the weather is warm are Shot Bloks – but if it’s cold, they become too difficult to chew.

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  2. I like the Honey Stinger Gels, GUs seem to sweet for me. On longer runs, and in warmer weather, will also take some Powerade with me in addition to my water.

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  3. As of yet, I haven’t tried any but I will be shortly.
    I can currently run on an empty stomach if it’s early but usually I run on an apple and some walnuts. I have no idea where to even start when it comes to fueling for longer runs so I really appreciate this post!

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