Well, I’m now over a month into the great gel experiment and I think *knock on wood* that I’ve solved my gel issue.
The first week, I took a GU gel with disastrous effects. Some running friends suggested that it may have been a result of something I ate in the day leading up to the run vs. the gel itself, but I didn’t eat anything out of the ordinary for 48 hours leading up to that Sunday morning, so the only culprit was the GU. Big thumbs down, GU.
Fast forward to the next Sunday, I played a little eenie meanie minee mo in front of the nutrition shelf at Running Room and settled on Clif Shots. Given that I’m still in “training,” may as well start training my tummy, right?
Well, What. A. Difference.
Now, I wasn’t completely pain free but I only experienced some minor stomach flip flops AND I was able to function like a normal human being for the rest of the day. BONUS.
Could we be a match made in heaven?
To be sure, I decided to give it a REAL test drive and had one during the Chilly Half. Seeing as I treated the race more like a normal Sunday run, I thought there wouldn’t be any harm in it. Although upon reflection, it was kind of stupid as I have realized I did not see a single portapotty on the route. Or maybe I was too busy looking at my feet and avoiding running in piles of snow.
Was it only me?
But all was well and I survived the 13.1 miles with no trouble and then followed it up with Around the Bay, again with only minor tummy discomfort.
After talking with a few other people, seems as though the culprit might be Maltodextrin. Although Clif shots have it as well, the effects aren’t as uncomfortable as the times I’ve used those made by GU or PowerBar. Could be the more “organic” source they use, or maybe it’s just a placebo effect – who knows! All that I know is that I can survive a 30k run and NOT feel like I’m dragging my behind across the finish line.
However, I am considering making my own and testing it out.
Is that crazy?