Fact: I was one sugared up little kid.
As a child, Cap’n Crunch was a standard part of my morning routine. My lunch typically included potato chips, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, and pudding. And when I got home from school each day, I drank 2 cans of soda.
Yes, I was VERY sugared up as a kid.
One thing about being a sugared up little kid is that you learn not to trust other people’s versions of what tastes good. Why? Because the kids whose parents give them diet soda and are deprived of the real stuff will tell you that diet soda is “good.” Seriously, they think that aspertame tastes good. Now, it’s not their fault! Having been denied legitimate sugar for their whole lives, they don’t know any better! But they are wrong. Aspertame does not taste good.
So, when it comes to fueling during a run, I’ve been tentative. I know that people tell me that chocolate Gu tastes just like chocolate frosting. But I don’t believe them. I fear that they grew up in non-sugary households and have no idea what “good” is. I still remember how the girl in the Hood to Coast movie tasted a gel and said, “It’s like chemical masked by terrible berry flavor. This is disgusting.” I bet you anything, that girl grew up in a sugared household and actually has tastebuds that work properly. So I trust her.
Because of this, I’ve been afraid to try fueling during the run. I’ve had strongly-mixed Gatorade make me nearly puke during a race (hence why I now drink Nuun), and that experience scared me away from trying to stomach anything substantial during a run.
But, this past weekend, I looked at my training schedule and realized that the 6.5 miler that I had scheduled would take me more than an hour, since I’m still walking for 33% of my runs. I decided that I had to bite the bullet, and start experimenting with fueling.
About 45-minutes into my run, I decided that it was time to try a Cliff Shot Block. I didn’t want to eat it. I wasn’t hungry at all. The idea of eating made me feel queasy. But I decided that I had to try it if I wanted to progress as a runner, and I popped the block into my mouth.
It tasted…like candy! Real candy! Not like those poisonous sugarless lollipops that pediatricians give to kids, but real, genuine, sugary, sweet, delicious candy. Yum!
It was funny that I thought I wasn’t hungry, because after the first one tasted so delish, I went for a second. Yum!
I’m a total convert. I know nothing about gels. In fact, I’m still scared of gels. But shot blocks are fabulous candy goodness.
What’s your favorite way to fuel during a run? What does your fueling schedule look like?