It’s easy to tell a runner by their pantry? I haven’t actually looked in anybody else’s pantry but you can sure tell that runners lives in our house.
Over the last 18 months I’ve experimented with many different products. Here are a few of my favourites.
Just prior to Point to Pinnacle last year we discovered the Enervitene cheer-pack. It’s so easy to use. Unlike a gel it’s not messy to open and can be resealed. The Enervitene cheer-pack is AU$7.00 so quite expensive and while we could buy them online instead of from a local sports store, the postage is high! To my surprise a couple of weeks ago I found the Dextro-Energy cheer-pack in our local supermarket. It has very similar ingredients and nutritional value to the Enervitene but is AU$3.99. These are without doubt my favourite energy sources to take while on the run.
I’m not much of a gel user. I find them sticky and difficult to open and hard to eat while running. I fuel up on them just before the start of a race. I love Hammer Gels and Honey Stringers – they are natural and don’t disagree with me. The chews are easy to eat and digest and I love good old fashioned glucose jelly beans. These are my fuels of choice for races along with a cheer-pack or two.
Deciding on these products has been very much a trial and error process. I’ve bought some that haven’t worked at all for me and really upset the stomach. One product that I did really like is Jelly Belly Sports Beans that I found by accident while visited New Zealand. Do you think I can find them somewhere in Australia or online with a reasonable postage? No unfortunately.
I’m not recommending any product in particular as such, the above are just what works for me. What I do recommend is experimenting in training runs to find out what works 🙂
Why am I writing about my pantry today? I’ve just cleaned it out; in fact I’ve spring-cleaned my kitchen. It’s winter here in Tasmania, Australia, but who wants to be inside cleaning during the spring? It’s a much better winter activity.
And there is snow on the mountains surrounding the farm today. Louise and I ran 12kms at 8am this morning when the snow was fresh. The wind was strong and so chilly! Brrr! But we got the run done. Louise did have to drag me around a bit. I better get that running fuel into me before next Sunday!
One thing’s for sure: this coming week, our last week before Run Melbourne Half Marathon, has to be careful eating of good running fuel.
Happy running 🙂
PS My Dad sent me this text yesterday. I think he might be proud of my running.