Fueling Up Mid Run
What do you turn to for your mid run fuel? Almost every runner you see has some sort of fuel, regardless of how much they need. And for many, it helps to have plenty of options. In the middle of a long run, rules go out the window. It’s no longer protein, low carbs, and healthy fats. A runner’s body needs fast-absorbing carbs and food that will spike insulin and send sugars to fuel their muscles.
If you like variety and convenience, then these below are some great choices to keep your energy up. Do you have any that you recommend? Leave them in the comments below!
Gatorade Endurance Carb Energy Chews
Portion: 1 sleeve (4 chews)
Other Features: Sodium, potassium (Gatorade Endurance Carb Energy Chews formulation contains more electrolytes and carbs per chew compared to G Series Prime formulation)
Jelly Belly Sport Beans
Portion: 1 pouch (13beans)
Other Features: Electrolytes, vitamins, Extreme Beans contain 50mg caffeine
Easy to chew and higher in simple sugars and carbohydrates than other dried fruit, dates are also a good source of potassium.
PowerBar Performance Energy Blasts
Portion: 1 pouch (9chews)
Other Features: Sodium, +/- caffeine
With lots of sugar and virtually no fat or fiber to slow their absorption, these candies are, astoundingly, not a terrible idea during a long run.
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
Portion: 1 packet
Other Features: Sodium, potassium, 1 gram each protein and fiber, gluten free, +/- 32mg caffeine
Portion: 1 pouch
Other Features: +/- 50mg caffeine
Portion: ¼ cup packed / 1 small box
Other Features: Rich in potassium (but with little sodium), 1 gram each protein and fiber, +/- organic, gluten free
Portion: 15 halves
Other Features: Rich in potassium (but with little sodium), 2 grams protein (a bit high in fiber with 4g), +/- organic, gluten free
Pretzels, hard, salted
Portion: 1 oz
Other Notable Features: Sodium, potassium, and iron, 2 grams of protein
Easy ways to store your fuel.
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Source: Runners World