I am one of the cool kids. At least according to Justin Gillette, a local elite runner who has WON 65 marathons. So yeah, I'm cool.
The "compliment" was sparked when I announced that I had tried the new Salted Caramel Gu and it was as every bit delicious as I had hoped. So delicious that for at least a mile I imagined myself drizzling it on ice cream.
The packet, which I took at mile 8 of Sunday's long run, was part of a new fueling strategy for this cycle. In years past, for fulls and halfs, I have found myself skimping on nutrition during the run. There was something in me, maybe the prior fat girl, who hated to log that I ate 400 calories in Gu as a morning "snack." Or, maybe I thought that I had enough "stores" that I wouldn't need more than 100 calories an hour.
However, I began to reconsider this strategy as I followed Dimity's training for her Ironmother. She mentioned on the Another Mother Runner Podcast a couple times that she took in 300 calories an hour (I think) on the bike. It seemed like a lot of calories to this skimpy girl.
But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. A triathlete is going to take more calories on the bike to makeup for the swim and prepare for the run but also to maintain energy on the bike. If it worked for triathletes, it could possibly work for me.
Don't get me wrong - I think three gels an hour might be a bit excessive (but it would still be half the calories you were burning, depending on the pace). I am aiming for three to four every two hours, more specifically one every four miles. I am hoping that it helps with consistent energy and pacing on the long runs, aided by the addition of nuun.
What's your fueling strategy?
The week, in training:
Monday: Spin class
Tuesday: Piloxing (taught) + Bodypump (taught)
Wednesday: 6 miles, hilish + 3.5 miles
Thursday: 3 miles + Rip (taught)
Saturday: 6.25 miles at pace + Bodypump (taught)
Sunday: 11.15 miles