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Last Thing You Want to Be Doing Mid Race

Quick Tip: Fueling Options, GI Distress, & Surviving Long Races


When it comes to race day nutrition, there is no shortage of fueling options available.

That said, not all fueling options are viable choices for every runner.

For example, I find gels to be completely unpalatable. I have tried several different brands and flavors, and I simply find them all disgusting. My stumbling block is the texture/consistency of the gels, but thankfully there are other fueling options available that I don’t have any trouble using during a race.

For me, my fueling options are limited by my taste buds/gag reflex.

My Reaction Every Time I Try a Gel

My Reaction Every Time I Try a Gel

I am lucky.

I know many runners that struggle with GI distress when they take in nutrition during a race, no matter what type of fuel source they use.

I can’t imagine be forced to find a port-a-potty (or bush to squat behind) within minutes of eating something during a race, but for many runners that is their reality.

The 10,000 Foot View of Mid-Race Nutrition

I am a lot of things, but one thing I am not is a gastroenterologist. Read more

Use Real Food as Your Mid Race Fueling Choice

Is There a Better Mid Race Fueling Option Than a Gel?

When you’re running a long race, whether it’s a half, full, or an ultra, what do you for fuel during the race?

Many runners turn to gels for mid race fueling and nutrition, even though I’ve never met a single runner that enjoys a gel. (Seriously, if you like gels, let me know because I don’t think anyone really does.)

Most longer races provide gels at some point along the course, and I have a suspicion that is part of the reason that runners have flocked to the gels. We all like things that are free, and since they will be handed out for free at races, we train using them in an attempt to “avoid any race day unpleasantness”, if you will.

I took a quick poll in our Facebook Group yesterday, and I got what I expected. A lot of people said that they use gels, but a surprising number also said that they had used gels, but had to switch to another option because of tummy issues.

But what if there was a better option than a mid race gel?

There is. Read more