Monday morning's workout was 4 x 1600 meter intervals at 7:00~7:30/mile for a total of 6.5 miles. About 15 minutes before heading out the door, I took in 1/4 cup of energy gel. Before most weekly training runs, I don't eat anything but I was antsy to try this recipe out (and I was extra hungry yesterday morning)!
Overall, the taste was great and the energy gel didn't bother my stomach at all. Whew... GI distress is the worst, especially during speed workouts. I look forward to using this in the upcoming half marathon!
Speaking of my upcoming half, I just switched from the Blue Ox Half Marathon to the Wild Hog Marathon which is coming up on September 27th. This race is closer, we won't need to have hotel reservations, and my best friend is going to watch little man! Win, win, win.
Here is my energy gel recipe if you are looking to try it yourself:
Homemade Mocha Energy Gel
- 8 dates, pitted
- 1/2 c. honey
- 1/4 c. maple syrup
- 1 T. cocoa powder
- 1/8 c. brewed coffee (optional)
Chop the dates into slices.
Soak the chopped dates in water for about 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Drain extra water off dates and pour into food processor. Add honey, maple syrup, cocoa powder and brewed coffee. Process until smooth.
This recipe makes approximately 4 servings. Approximately 1/4 cup of energy gel is equal to one serving for the long run. Store in the fridge until you are ready to run.
To use on the run, store in a snack-sized ziplock (the below baggie was a bit big). I'm sure everyone will have their own unique technique for this, but I plan to bite/tear off the corner of the bag and eat it like that. **Update** I did order a set of Mygreen Travel Bottles to try for carrying the gel!
One last thing. Be sure you don't spill any energy gel on your clothes, the color of this gel may look a bit awkward on your shorts...
What is your go-to long run fuel?
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