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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-08-2013, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Eating on the "long" run...

What do you guys "eat" while on long runs? As my long run mileage is getting into the legitimate range I'm thinking in addition to hydrating I should be taking in some sodium and carbs. At Sports Authority I've seen a wide selection (gels, bars, chews, etc.) but didn't purchase any b/c wasn't sure what to get.

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Just water for me, but I rarely run over 10 miles.

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Training for a marathon...so ultimately 26.2, but working my long runs up to 20 miles. So far the longest was 15 miles...only took 4 small bottles of water (fuel belt) on that run but it was nice out so that was enough.

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I would take in electrolytes somehow via endurolytes or Nuun in water, and calories in gels. I would probably stay away from more solid food while running though.

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I would take in electrolytes somehow via endurolytes or Nuun in water, and calories in gels. I would probably stay away from more solid food while running though.
mmmm....Cracker Barrel ...but I guess wrapping up some take out deep fried catfish and hush puppies on my run is not the best idea

I'll check out the gels this weekend and give them a try on my next long run.

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On long runs over an hour and a half I usually start to make sure I have more than just water. My usual arsenal will be water in one bottle and nuun in a second with a gel for every forty or so minutes. Lately since the gels take me forever to finish and so much water to down I have been using the gummy versions like clif shots or Gu drops with a lot of success. Just easier to handle and ration IMO.


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Thanks for the advice/info. I took a GU Gel (Jet Blackberry w/ caffeine) this morning about 1:15 in on my run and hydrated throughout with water and gatorade.... I did seem to get a little boost on the second half of the run but I had taken it pretty easy for the first half. I'll look into the nuun (never even heard of it).

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I used gu gels while training for the marathon. What ever you decide on, make sure you've used it in training. When race day comes, stick with what you trained with. It would suck to try something different and run into trouble.
My first I used only water and gu (gu about every 5 miles during the race). My second i used water gu and gatorade, i didnt notice any difference. I found the 5 Mile intervals for the callories gave me something to look Forward to.

How are your long runs going?

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I used gu gels while training for the marathon. What ever you decide on, make sure you've used it in training. When race day comes, stick with what you trained with. It would suck to try something different and run into trouble.
My first I used only water and gu (gu about every 5 miles during the race). My second i used water gu and gatorade, i didnt notice any difference. I found the 5 Mile intervals for the callories gave me something to look Forward to.

How are your long runs going?
I like the idea of "every 5 miles", that can be a motivator...it's good to have something to look forward to incrementally.

Long runs (longest so far has been 15 miles...I don't run fast) are going pretty good, I run them early in the morning on the weekends and that helps. During the week I have to run in the evening and the mid week (8 mile) run is actually the one I don't look forward to lately.

Any idea of where to buy the Gatorade Endurance mix? ...my wife checked Sports Authority today and they didn't have it. That's what they will be serving during the "race" so I figure I should use that on my longer training runs too. I'll probably end up just ordering online but was hoping to have for this weekends 17 miler.

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I like the idea of "every 5 miles", that can be a motivator...it's good to have something to look forward to incrementally.

Long runs (longest so far has been 15 miles...I don't run fast) are going pretty good, I run them early in the morning on the weekends and that helps. During the week I have to run in the evening and the mid week (8 mile) run is actually the one I don't look forward to lately.

Any idea of where to buy the Gatorade Endurance mix? ...my wife checked Sports Authority today and they didn't have it. That's what they will be serving during the "race" so I figure I should use that on my longer training runs too. I'll probably end up just ordering online but was hoping to have for this weekends 17 miler.
I also did my long runs on the weekends in the AM. I like morning runs much better than doing it later in the day.

I ordered everything on line. One option is to take gu and just drink water, that way you you don't have to worry about the race not having your particular drink.

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