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Getting my run on.

To Gu or Not To Gu

So, pretty soon I’ll be starting my longer runs and I’m thinking it might be nice to have something other than water with me. I have this nifty little fanny pack thing (from my marathon days – the TTES folks gave it me) that holds a water bottle and then has two small side zippered pockets. I usually put my cell phone in one pocket and my shuffle clipped on to the other. However, on longer runs I’m thinking I could put a little pick-me-up in one of the pockets. So, do you gu? Power Bar? Candy? (My TTES coach told us to suck on a jolly rancher type candy during long runs so our mouths wouldn’t get dry and it would give us a little sugar boost and we could keep them in the little pocket of our running shorts if we didn’t plan on bringing the fanny pack thing with us.) Gum? Sports drinks instead of plain water? Other? None of the above? During my only other long distance training (once again, wait for it, the marathon!) we had water stations set up for us along the training runs and were given the choice of gel or bars at the stops along with water or Gatorade. They treated us pretty well! So, all you runner type people out there, what do you do? And why?


  1. by Eric Lee, on July 9 2008 @ 9:33 pm


    Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

  2. by Sara, on July 10 2008 @ 12:03 am


    Hi Kristina! When I’m running long runs, I use the gu, but for me I don’t like anything in my stomach unless it is going to be more than say a 90 minute run (don’t do those very often). I also once heard a study that peppermint (the taste or smell) helps women tolerate workouts better – feel better and stronger during cardiovascular activity so sometimes I pop a mint at the start of my run and it works (although I fully accept that it might be a placebo effect). Good luck! I love the fitness blogs!

  3. by Robyn, on July 10 2008 @ 10:29 am


    I can’t even drink water most of the time. I couldn’t imagine trying to get anything non-water down during a run. Then again, I’ve never run for more than 5 miles at a single time. The one time I did take the water was at that 5 mile run I did right after the 2 mile run for the Eagan Fun Run. I took a small water cup because it was starting to get hot. I’m wierd though, and not an ‘experienced’ runner so.. what do I know?

    Interesting about the mint, Sara.

  4. by Pam, on July 10 2008 @ 12:27 pm


    Since I’ve never gone more than 10k, I haven’t had to deal with the gu. I do know that I lose a lot of electrolytes when I sweat during runs though, so I make sure I am well hydrated with some sort of fitness water (I like Propel) before starting on a “longer” run. In one of the recent Runner’s World magazines there’s a whole article on suggested intake (before/during/after) depending on how long your run is. I’ll try to remember to set it aside for you.

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