Confession. I don’t take Energy Gels when I long run.
Don’t get me wrong, I used to ONLY take them when I was training and running my first few marathons. But then things changed. My stomach was suddenly NOT happy about those sweet little Gels. I tried different flavors, different brands, but every time, I would get queasy. I would end up taking in so many less calories during my run because I couldn’t stomach this type of fueling anymore.
The last few years, I’ve experimented with various forms of fuel for my long runs. There have been many “no-ways” and several “heck-yes’s” along the way.
Water (can’t handle much else)
Energy Chews (certain flavors/brands)
Peanut Butter crackers
Justin’s PB packets
Recently, I ran across a photo, on my Instagram feed, of Marie‘s long run fueling options…
What?! We used to have these in our house when I was growing up. I never particularly cared for them, but I didn’t completely dislike them either. Not having eaten a Fig Newton in years, I decided it was worth a long run try.
Today, during my 20 miler, I took a handful with me and ended up eating all of them during the run. For me, it was the perfect amount of sweet and savory. And coupled with a soft outside, they were easy to eat. My stomach seemed to enjoy them as well!
So, I guess I add Fig Newtons to my “heck-yes” pile of fuel. At least I have more options.