Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wisdom From The Running Store - Part Eight

Welcome to the November edition of Wisdom From The Running Store! So sorry October's didn't get up, it was a busy month. For those of you who are new to this blog series, let me explain.

When I started working at a running store I would get tons of questions. Some from customer who felt comfortable enough asking and some from friends. As I was getting asked these questions it made me think that maybe a lot of other people had these questions as well. Thus bringing you Wisdom From The Running Store.


This months question was asked a few times at the store, so it seemed like the perfect question.
"I know about gels during a race, but what else can I use to fuel with?"

GREAT GREAT QUESTION! I think anyone who has ran a race that required fueling will have a different answer to this question, but these are some things that have helped me in my experience.

1. Candy. Yes folks, steal a small pack or two of candy from your kids stash and carry it with you. The sugar will help a ton in the later miles and the flavor is always welcomed. I will usually take Swedish Fish with me and if Twizzlers are handed out, I'll take them.

2. Pretzels. I love having something crunchy with me during a long race. The consistency of pretzels is perfect for me, and salt. Let's not forget salt. Since I have been flying to a lot of races I usually pocket the airplane pretzels and pack them with me for the race.

3. Beer. If there is beer, TAKE THE BEER! Even if you don't like beer. Flavor, carbs and fizzing is your friend. I say beer saved me during my first marathon. It was handed out around mile 23 and was everything I ever dreamed of.

4. Nuun. I crush up a Nuun tab and put it in a small bag. Randomly through the race I will add small pieces to my water, just for a little flavor and the added electrolytes. You never know how much a small change in flavor can change up your running.


Runners Worlddid an article with different foods to use as fuel during a marathon. Since I have used these during my own marathons, I am confident in my advice.

Make sure you try these during a ring a long run. See what your body likes. It takes an adjustment for sure, but can do wonders!

If you have a question you would like answered, please feel free to tweet me or leave a comment. I would love to help in anyway I can!

What do you use to fuel during a marathon or long run?

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