In one of the many discussions we've been having on the Wine and Dine Half Thread, the topic of how we fuel ourselves during a run came up. This was particularly interesting to me. Since I have never done a half marathon before, the fuel is something I needed to know. The idea of gels does not appeal to me in the slightest. I considered plain old sugar cubes, but unbelievably could not find them in the local stores. I did like how glucose tablets worked. Then someone brought up Honey Stinger. So did someone else. And another person did also. Before I knew it, there were several recommendations for them. After asking about what people suggested in specific after seeing there are several option options, I finally went to the sports store to buy a couple packages to test it out.
Let me tell you, finding these things was no easy feat. They were only available in the checkout lane, and only in one of the several the store has. So I was combing through each lane until I finally found them. I do have to express my disappointment that I have to purchase them individually. That worked for the one trip since I was only going to test them, but I can imagine the frustration over not just being able to buy a box or case if you swear by these things. Fortunately, the official website does sell them that way. I picked up a waffle and a couple packages of fruit chews and was on my way.
The first Stinger I tried was the waffle. It was recommended to me as something to have before my run. While I know there are people who eat it during a run (or something else), it just seemed more like a mess to deal with so I was glad for the recommendation. There are a few flavor options, and I chose honey. The flavor itself was ok, but the consistency was...weird. I really don't know how to explain it. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't my favorite either. And it was kind "messy" as I had predicted. It is not something I believe I will stick with. I think I would rather have a banana before heading out than this...I am just not sold on it. But that is why I test things!
|Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews - Fruit Smoothie|
As far as hydration and rehydration, I used water when I first began running. Water is good for you. I know this. I drink a lot of it throughout the day. But my word does it become boring when I run. So I switched to Gatorade. I love Gatorade. And it helped me keep fueled during runs, though I am sure having something with flavor also helped me. Unfortunately, Disney does not sell Gatorade, nor do they provide it to the runners. The sports drink offered is Powerade. I have heard the drink stations along the course offer both water and Powerade. It was time to get used to Powerade.
|Powerade ION4 - Lemon Lime|
I am happy to find what fuels me during runs, and feel like I fit in a bit more with the running community now that I can say, "here is what works for me!" when other runners ask. It really is trial and error, and I am glad that I didn't go through a ton of errors before finding the right products.
*Disclaimer - I was in no way compensated for these product recommendations. I am simply sharing products that have worked for me.