I have two half marathons coming up in the next three weeks (Diva Half in Myrtle Beach and the San Diego Rock and Roll). Race nutrition has been on my mind.
During my first half marathon, the Disney Princess, I did not take any during race nutrition with me. I ate a bagel and banana before, but nothing during. There was a Clif Shot station at mile nine, but gels are just not for me. Although I do enjoy the taste of some of them, I can't take the texture--especially while running. By mile ten, my stomach was growling. I really could have used some nutrition, but still have not found anything that I like.
this article on active.com while I was trying to find alternatives to the usual gels. I love that some of the options are all natural stuff I can buy right in my local grocery store. Dates and dried fruit are now on my shopping list. I plan to try a "race trail mix". The idea of watermelon would be so refreshing along the course, but it is totally impractical in my opinion. I don't know how you would carry it. One person that commented on the article said she has her husband meet her at specific spots on the course so she did not have to carry her nutrition with her. She suggested potato chips as the perfect mid race nutrition. At first, this seemed strange to me, but it makes perfect sense--potato chips have carbs and lots of salt.
The article also has a recipe for home made energy gel. The recipe looks very easy to make with just a few ingredients. If I figure out a way to carry it during the race, I will give it a try. I think I could down this one while running. I love all of these new options. They just may replace my good old pop tarts.
What is your favorite race nutrition? Do you do anything unusual?
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