In exactly one months time, I am running my 4th half marathon and then I'll be in full-on marathon training. Those runs are going get long..and I need to figure out my fuel and FAST!
With a 17.5K run on th eschedule for Saturday, I figure there is no time like the present to look for some options. Enter Google...I quickly typed in "running fuel for sensitive stomachs" and hit enter...
Immediately my screen filled with forum posts of people who described themselves as just like me...though many were mucgh worse off...I usually just feel like I'm going to puke. I rarely feel the need to bolt to a restroom (unless my pea-sized bladder needs it - pardon the pun)
Here were some of the suggestions I found:
- Bananas (lots of potassium, but sounds messy)
- Gu (Gels are soooo sweet, though)
- Honey Stingers
- Fig Newtons
- Fruit chews (the real fruit ones not the kiddie gummies)
Regardless - I have to do something and I think it is going to have to start with a trip to the Running Room at lunch (one distinct advantage to being back downtown again). Maybe by calling on their experience, I can come home with some of the commercial products to try. Then, I will follow it up with a grocery store trip to pickup some of the more unconventional ones from the list.
My biggest goal is to run Footstock without feeling like I'm going to die (especially on the 3 mile long superhill at the mid-point). It is my first half where I am on my own (my Saturday runner girls are in the 10K that day so we won't be together for long)
Do you have a sensitive stomach? what works for you mid-run? I'm open to suggestions - please help me write my shopping list!