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Has anyone noticed a far more drastic effect on running by consuming gels while dieting? I assume it's because my body is lower on energy, but when I consume a gel while dieting my time over the next 1-2 miles actually improves despite it feeling much easier.<br><br>
I can get by on runs of 15 miles without anything but water or maybe a little gatorade when I'm not dieting.. but when I am, I'll crash and burn if I'm not intaking Calories while running.<br><br>
Is it the same (so drastic) for anyone else?
 

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heather,<br>
I'm not sure how to respond to your observation, as I've never run farther than 12 miles, and have never gone without a bajillion jelly beans by that point. HA!<br><br>
I seem to always need fuel.<br>
Hell, I'd eat a pb&j sammich during a ten miler if I could!<br>
Part of my problem is that I colonblow so much energy and hydration out during some runs, that I run out of steam early.<br>
AND, my body won't tolerate the Gus while running [biking is fine]...so I have to work on jelly beans and/or gatorade.<br><br>
I have no idea whether it is psychological or real--->but I seem to need fuel much earlier than most others.<br><br>
Good luck finding out what works for you!<br>
~Karen
 

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Real jelly beans or those sport beans? I've never tried real Jelly Beans on a run but those sport beans seemed to not give me ANY energy. I was so excited about them, too. Humbug.
 

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I am constantly trying to lose weight - I usually take gels along if I am going to run 20 or more miles. I believe that you are getting a mental boost. I believe that it helps you physically by giving you more carbs to burn in addition to your glycogen stores prolonging the distance you can run before hitting the wall.<br><br>
Does it also give you a physical boost that would cause your pace to increase, while feeling easier? Not sure. I like ones with caffeine. Maybe your body is doing a little party dance with the sugar and your mind is telling you running faster is easier.
 

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I thought the sudden influx of sugar is part of it... I'm hypoglycemic, and when I diet period I tend to go low (and then mentally low as a result) and then sugar makes me happy. So both physical and mental conditioning towrds that.<br><br>
SUGAR!! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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When I diet, I make sure I'm still gettting enough carbs to support my running. My guess is that you are not. You might want to try and increase your percentage of carbs.<br><br>
When training I try to set it at 60/20/20. Meaning 60% carbs.
 

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heather,<br>
I've tried both. And I've tried Swedish fish, gummies, candy corn.<br>
HAHAHAHA<br>
On the bike, I've also used fig newtons, and WWer bars.<br>
I'll try ANYTHING to keep the body chugging along and to prevent<br>
WTPJ issues.
 

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flounder,<br>
I'm impressed with you (and others) who don't fuel until you're doing loooooonnnnngggg runs.<br>
I think that because I'm SO slow and it takes me more than a flippin' HOUR to run six miles....I need fuel earlier than others. I'm out there a long time for 8-11 milers [I've not gone much farther than that]
 

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This is pretty much what I do.<br><br>
I've found that while training I lose weight pretty slowly. It's hard for me to continue to add miles and withhold calories and not lose all my energy. It's a tough balance.<br><br>
When I'm not specifically training, I find maintaining a base and cutting back on calories much easier. I actually do more hill and speed work during this time than I do when I'm ramping up to an event. Since I'm doing pretty much the same amount of miles every day, the variations in effort really help.
 
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