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How To Fuel Your Run with Gels

January 14, 2015

How To Fuel Your Run with Gels


What is that in my StrideBox? GELS

The gel is probably the most popular supplement for the endurance athlete. It is that gooey sugary goodness that gives you the ability to keep going when your body has run out of fuel. That is painting the gel in a positive light. Some know the gel as a thing they tried once and it didn’t go down too well.

What is it?

The gel is a combination of maltodextrin, other sugars, and electrolytes to give you quickly absorbed carbohydrates to replenish your glycogen stores and keep you moving. There are a number of brands and endless flavors. Some have a little caffeine or amino acids to make them stand out from other products. Gels are recommended when you are exercising for around an hour or longer.

Which one should I have?

There are so many brands and flavors and everyone is different. StrideBox is here for this reason. When you find the brand and flavor that works for you it is a joyous occasion. There are varied consistencies among brands. Some may not be as easy to eat for one person as for another. Some you might devour because it is like candy.

Do I really need sugar during my run?

When you run you burn calories. Your body has a certain amount of energy at the ready. Once that energy is used up it will turn to fat and muscle. The fat is usually good, but the muscle is not ideal. The best thing to do is replenish the carbohydrate stores in a way that doesn’t require your stomach to do any work. If you have trouble finishing your workout, run out of energy, or smell ammonia after your run you should be taking in a supplement during your workout. How often depends on your training regimen and body.

Did you say if I smell ammonia?

Yes! Did you know that when you run out of glycogen your body turns to muscle for energy? When your body starts breaking down muscle it produces ammonia. That is not a good thing. So, if you finish your run and wonder what that strong smell is, you need more carbohydrates during your run!

What has been your favorite gel in a StrideBox?