Running Gels: Love or Hate Them? Here’s What You Need to Know

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What are the best running gels and what are our opinions on gels in general

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting out, one thing is for sure: you’re going to need some fuel. And that’s where running gels come in.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Running gels? What are those? Well, let me tell you. Running gels are small packets of energy that you can take during a long run to give you a quick boost. They’re like little packets of magic that can help you power through those tough miles.

But, like with anything in the running world, there are a lot of opinions out there about running gels. Some people swear by them, while others avoid them like the plague. So, where do you fall on the spectrum? Let’s dive in and find out.

The Pros of Running Gels

First things first, let’s talk about the good stuff. Running gels can be a lifesaver during a long run. They’re portable, easy to carry, and can give you a quick burst of energy when you need it the most. Plus, they come in a variety of flavors, so you can find one that suits your taste buds.

The Cons of Running Gels

Now, on to the not-so-good stuff. Running gels aren’t for everyone. Some people find them hard to digest, while others don’t like the taste. Plus, they can be expensive, especially if you’re using them on a regular basis. And let’s not forget about the waste factor. Those little gel packets can add up.

How to Use Running Gels

If you’re new to running gels, it can be a little overwhelming. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  1. Experiment with different brands and flavors to find one that works for you.
  2. Take the gel with water to help with digestion.
  3. Don’t take the gel on an empty stomach.
  4. Follow the recommended dosage on the packaging.
  5. Only use gels during long runs or races.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, running gels can be a great source of quick energy during a run, but they’re not for everyone. It’s important to find what works best for you and your body, experiment with different types of fuel, and listen to your body. And remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy your runs!

So, go ahead and give running gels a try. Who knows, you might just find your new secret weapon for those long runs. And if not, that’s okay too. The beauty of running is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. So, lace up those shoes and hit the pavement, my friend!

What You Will Learn & Highlights

  • Mike’s history with gel formulation
  • how much to take
  • and my personal rules around gels

Notable Quotables

  • “Gels are easy to transport, easy to consume and they work.”
  • “I hate sugary processed foods but I know they help me with performance”
  • “Experiment with the amount of gel and timing of consumption to find what works best for you.”
  • “You can only store about 2000 calories in a marathon, so you need some kind of fuel to get you through it and gels are perfect.”



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