I continue to search for the perfect long distance fuel source
I tend to use a few energy gels on long runs (anything over 90-120 minutes), before races and during the marathon. Lately, I’ve also begun sneaking in 10 mile cruises around NW Portland before work. Getting some type of sugar helps to keep me chugging along instead of crawling back into bed after 5 miles.
This weekend I tested the Chocolate HoneyStinger
Honey Stinger is thicker than GU but so much more palatable. It packs more calories too: 120 calories for the packet in comparison to 90-100 for GU, Hammergel or PowerGel. I really liked the flavor and the energy kick I received carried me through more than an hour of running. The main ingredient is honey instead of organic rice syrup (ew!) or malodexterin (meh), and I found that although it was sugary, it didn’t send me running for the porta-potty like PowerGel can.
Overall I give HoneyStinger a solid thumbs up. The only drawback is its thickness. It was quite a feat to get it all out of the packet and swallowed. I wonder if keeping the packet closer to my skin will keep the honey warmer and therefore more liquid-y.
And now I realize that I’ve written an entire blog about my experience with a sugar gel. I will have tag this entry “Nerd Alert” and get a life.