“If you can dodge a wrench…”
Recently, our training schedule has moved Sunday Long Runs to Saturday mornings, and I’m not sure how my legs feel about it. Fridays are usually hard track workouts, and a 12-14 mile long run within 24 hours is a little rough. This morning I knew I’d need a little something extra to get through.
Half way in, my running buddy and I both took our gel packs for some extra carbohydrate & caffeine energy. Personally, wasn’t a fan of the Power Bar Energy Gel and I couldn’t finish the whole thing. Tooooooooo sweet! I would much rather have something less sugary tasting. However we did manage to get through a windy, hilly 12 miles in 1 hour and 36 minutes, 8:00/mile so it must have done the trick.
After the out-and-back run along a gorgeous winding road, a few of my cross country teammates and I got ready for the “Jocks vs. Joes Dodgeball Tournament,” an annual event put on by our Student Athlete Committee. Teams show up in costumes, though not as snazzy as the ones from the Dodgeball movie.
I’m not sure who created the bracket but we were seriously at a disadvantage when the first round put us up against 5 football players. Even our sprinting skills couldn’t help us. Needless to say, we did not advance to the final bracket.
There’s always next year!
Have you tried any energy products during long runs? Reviews?
Posted on April 13, 2013, in College, Fitness, Healthy Lifestyle, Life Updates and tagged Cross Country, dodgeball, energy gel, long run, power bar. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.
I’ve tried the jelly belly jelly beans, both the grape and the extreme cherry and I really like them. A sip of water to get them down is enough for me. I think most of the energy gels are too sweet, but I only eat half of one when I do eat one (only on runs 10+ miles too). I also think that schedule is a bit crazy because you always need an easier workout the day after a hard track workout, and 12-14 miles is never too easy on the body regardless of pace. Good luck with it though, hopefully your coach knows more about those kinds of things than I do (I’ve only ever coached young children).
The dodgeball tournament looks like fun! It’s neat you all dressed up for it.
Whoever decided to put a group of tiny girl runners against a group of big ol’ football players needed to be dodging that dodgeball! Not a fair game there, but at least you had FUN and you looked cute! :)
i love energy gels for long runs. my favorites are hammer and gu. :) I am not really into fruity flavors coz they make me more thirsty or sometimes they taste like cough syrup. I prefer flavors like peanut butter, espresso and chocolate. :)
I’ve tried hammer gel and don’t like it because of the texture…I hate gel in my mouth! :) I often have Clif Bars for energy before games, though!
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