I did my long run outside this weekend – 9 miles! My pace was a little slower than I’d hoped but given the Texas heat and humidity, I felt happy with the run overall. I drove over to a nice set of trails, parked my car and headed out for the run. Miles 1-4 felt really good. At mile 4 I started getting a little sluggish so I ate a GU. First time trying the Lemon Sublime flavor! I’ve tried a few different energy gels and so far, the GU gels are my favorite.
What I like about GU: The gels have a great consistency – thick enough that the gel doesn’t leak out of the package as soon as it’s opened but not so thick that I feel like I’m chewing. I also love that the flavors aren’t overly sweet. Some energy gels have a sweet syrupy taste that makes my stomach queasy. GU gels have a mild taste and sit well in my stomach. The convenient package size easily fits into the pocket of my running belt until I’m ready to eat the gel.
What I don’t like about GU: I wish the flavors were a little stronger. For example, I picked the Lemon Sublime flavor because I thought a hit of citrus would be a great pick-me up during the run. The flavor was fine but didn’t pack as much of a citrus punch as I had hoped. Of course, it was also at least 80 degrees on a humid day so it’s possible my taste buds weren’t functioning optimally at the time.
I ate the GU and my pace picked up again. By the time I finished mile 9, my legs felt pretty wiped out. Then I realized that I had misjudged the distance back to my car … nearly a mile to get back. Ugh. I have to admit though, it was exciting to see 10 miles on my Garmin by the time I got back to my car.
What is your favorite energy gel?
Have you ever misjudged your distance and ended up having a longer run than planned?