And I feel like a hypocrite.
I’ve posted a few times that I’d like to try and fuel naturally throughout this training season- and by natural, I mean “real food” i.e. granola bars, bananas and at a push, jelly beans. I basically didn’t want to become reliant on gels, and the whole idea of them put me off anyway.
But I then found out that SiS was a sponsor of Manchester Marathon, and that there would be SiS gels at various aid stations. And the logic was this: I’m going to take my own fuel, but worst case scenario, I might hit the wall and need a gel, in which case I need to know that they’re not going to give me cramps or stitches.
So anyway, I tried a gel on my 10-miler (also known as the run in which everything went wrong). And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It was quite warm by the time I got to it, but it was an isotonic gel, meaning I didn’t have to have water with it. Yay! I tried the Tropical flavour, and it wasn’t too bad! It gave me a nice boost of energy and helped me get through the remainder of that run.
Also as a side note: I was a responsible runner and kept the gel packet to dispose of properly. It really annoys me to see empty gel packets left lying around on the road!
Do you use gels and gus?
Lots of love,