I have been trying to find a good refueling strategy for my long distance runs. I tried GU for a few months but struggled with the taste/consistency and it tied my stomach in knots. I don’t really like to carry much with me on a run, so I was looking for something small enough to tuck into my shorts pocket.
When I saw the new Gatorade Endurance Carb Energy Chews I figured I had to give them a try. The individual chews are about 1″x 1″ squares. The consistency could be described as similar to a gritty gummy bear. The flavor is just like the bottled Gatorade.
Each package contains four chews. Together, they deliver a total of 31 grams of carbohydrates and 3 B vitamins to improve energy metabolism. The gummy-like consistency makes the chews easy to eat when running.
I tried them for my last race and was pleased with my performance. I ran a half marathon and ate a chew at mile 6 and 9. It seemed to give me a little boost each time. I made sure to plan my chews just prior to the water stops so that I could wash them down.
I still need to work on my eating/drinking/running coordination. I find myself coughing and sputtering at the water stops more than anything else. Even the gummy chews were eaten in a chew-breath-chew-breath process that lasted about 30 seconds. However, the stomach issues I’ve had in the past didn’t plague me that day.
If you want to try the Gatorade Endurance Carb Energy Chews you can purchase them at your local grocery store or look for them online at Gatorade.com
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