Fueling for Long Runs – Product Review

When I first started running, I didn’t know anything about fueling for my longer runs. I would do a whole marathon or long run without anything but water.  It wasn’t until maybe 5 years ago that I started to take anything. 

I’ve pretty much only use the GU brand because I like the consistency and don’t find them too overly sweet. However, to be honest,  I really haven’t tried too many different brands.

When I was doing the EndurRun, I heard about these new one called “Endurance Tap Energy Gel.”  They have one flavour – salted maple. The sugar comes from a natural form, which is something I really like.  So, I finally bought one to try last weekend when I was in Ottawa. Have you heard of it before?

Below is a comparison based on my needs/likes

PROS

  • simple, natural ingredients. Only three ingredients: Maple Syrup, Ginger and Sea Salt
  • tastes just like maple syrup
  • it’s supposed to be highly-water soluble, meaning that you don’t need to wash down with water. I think that would be great during a race when you have to wait until you know a water station is coming up to take a gel.
  • supposed to not cause any stomach problems – never an issue for me.
  • resealable lid.

CONS

  • the packaging is a bit bulky. I couldn’t fit multiple in my one pocket. I guess it would depend on what you are wearing. I’m afraid that the lid may dig into me when storing in my front pocket of my shorts.
  • not sure how well I could open it up during a race. Usually, I just bite it open.  The lid takes a bit more work to get it open.
  • a bit more money than my GU gels.

 

What do you think of Endurance Tap?  What is your favourite fuel for long runs?

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Running with Veggies

I'm a plant-based distance runner and mother of two young girls. I enjoy making healthy recipes and experimenting with food. I also love to garden, so you will see many seasonal recipes that use what is currently growing in my backyard. I have a HBSc. in Nutrition and a Doctorate in Education and this background provides me with the skills necessary to pursue my passion - educating others on healthy eating. I don't count calories, so you won't find any nutritional information in my recipes. However, I strive to make each recipe healthy enough to fuel you and your family through the day.

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