This week in running:
Tuesday: 4 miles, easy with strides at end
Wednesday: 4.03 miles, with 3 at goal pace (sort of)
Thursday: 3.5 miles, easy
Friday: 6 miles, negative split
Sunday: 12 miles
Total miles: 29.5
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I could talk about how much I hate this weather.
I could talk about how much I hate running in this insane weather.
I could tell you about how much my body hates running in this insanely hot and humid weather.
But I'm not.
I am going to tell you about my new fueling strategy.
I've always been sort of a Gu girl. I've tried almost every flavor and can use most of the flavors with no problem though I'm not a fan of the Roctane varieties. My most recent favorites have been the Peanut Butter and Chocolate flavors (whodathunk it) but I recently found myself buying the Strawberry Banana.
For two weeks, I have carried a Strawberry Banana Gu on my long runs. And for two weeks I have failed to take it. Why? The thought of something sweet when it is 80 degrees out makes my stomach churn.
Instead, I want something salty. Something salty like cheese crackers.
I first got the idea - or craving, I should say - when I was running with Jess in Colorado. For some reason, I had stuffed a bag of Cheese Nips that I had gotten on the plane in with my stuff for the run. When we stopped just after 6 miles for fuel, the Gu sounded gross and the Cheese Nips good. Jess encouraged me to go "rogue," and I didn't look back. They were salty and easy on the stomach though they do require stopping to chew.
This week on my long run, I faced similar circumstances (albeit with far less exciting company - sorry, Mark!) and again went for the Cheese Nips (yes another bag from the plane - I accept free food of all varieties). I carried the bag with me, munching at crosswalks.
And while it seems crazy, it's not entirely unfounded. The Cheese Nips offer the same amount of calories (100) as Gu and 250 milligrams of sodium (compared to 50 grams in Gu). The only place where the fall short is in the carbohydrates - Cheese Nips have just 15 grams as compared to 25 grams. And while it can't be said for most things in life, in running and fueling, carbs is where it's at.
It might be easily concluded that the feeling of death at the end of both my recent long runs could be because I haven't had enough carbs during the middle and not any of the right kind. But what's a girl to do? Choke down a sickening sweet gel or go with her gut?
If only Gu made a pretzel flavor ...
What's your fuel of choice? Do you find your tastes change with weather?