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There is no shortage of advice on what runners should eat. There are books and blogs about everything from lifestyle eating (what fuels you day to day) to carb-loading the night before a race and what to eat for the best recovery (post race.)
Woven inside all of that is a smaller subset of how to fuel during a race. I feel that the advice in this subset of information is more general and less helpful. Don’t get me wrong there is good information out there…Runner’s World had a good article How to Refuel During and there is an Adidas Runtastic blog post on what to do during a race.
When I was searching for something to consume during a race; the resounding advice was, dont try something new on race day. I was hoping for something which spelled out there are certain carbs your body uses immediately (known as fast-acting carbs.)
Our muscles use carbs as fuel, so when I run competitively or do some strenuous aerobic exercise (biking?), logically I would need a higher amount of fast-acting carbs.
Enter Gatorade Endurance.
Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels were specifically formulated to meet the unique needs of endurance athletes who are training and racing for prolonged periods of time when fluid and electrolyte loss can be significant. And while this might sound like an info-mercial; I think the information I am going to share is exactly what I felt was missing from most blog posts I was reviewing:
One serving of Gatorade Endurance Energy Gel provides:
– 20 grams of carbohydrates
– 100mgs of sodium
– 80 calories
The 20g of carbohydrates that Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels provide are easy on the stomach and easy to swallow with a smooth mouth feel–which is a real thing.
If the gel is too thick, you can not take the gel when you need it, but rather when you are nearing a water station!
The 100 mgs of sodium is actually twice the amount found in regular Gatorade, and is key when trying to replenish electrolytes. Something which isn’t spelled out above is that the Gatorate Endurance also contains 3 times the amount of potassium as regular Gatorade which also helps maintain healthy heart function, promote healthy bones and improve muscle function…from a simple electrolyte!
you wanted to know about how it helped me in race preparation.
I am happy to announce that with Gatorade being served on course at the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, The New York City Marathon, The Chicago Marathon, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Marathon, The Philadelphia Marathon (you get the idea), I had a good year training with what was on course.
I was really impressed with the taste of the Apple-Pear and the Blackberry flavored gels. The Vanilla was a bit…strong (artificial?) So I would stay away from that one.
I’ve mentioned this earlier but one of the things I look for in a gel is the consistency. If it’s too thick, it will be hard to take during the run…but consistency isn’t everything. It has to taste good!
What I like the best about using these gels and the actual hydration mix, is that I was rarely craving anything during my long runs! I don’t know about you but 20 miles into a run I get hungry! Gatorade provided a recommended schedule when Received my supply and it was super easy to follow. Gatorade also broke down easy ways to mix and match the products so that I wasn’t stuck with the same item or consistency of product through the entire training cycle!
The gels and hydration mix are not overly sweet which is another huge selling point. While cake batter sounds fun; it’s too sweet.
My only criticism of the selection would be there is no caffeinated version. I think, for me personally, I would like to have a bit of caffeine come mile 19 or 20.
I really liked experimenting with these products because they are easy to use and super tasty. It was also fun sharing some samples with my friends.
I have tried a lot of other gels and I am really happy with Gatorade Endurance. As previously stated, they aren’t too thick and they are easy to digest.