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I have water during the week on runs under 10 miles, but on the weekends it is all gatorade and Clif Blocks. For really long runs (over 5 hours) i try to eat food as well- choc soy milk, ensure, granola bars, fig newtons, etc.<br><br>
After runs i like to have an ensure of choc soy milk as it is recommended to have some carbs and proteins immediatly following long runs.<br><br>
Anyone eat or drink anything interesting and worth trying?<br><img alt="" src="http://bestsmileys.com/eating1/10.gif" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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before a longish run (7 miles) I'll eat a small protein bar. I like the Greens+ and Kashi bars the best b/c they have no refined sugar.<br><br>
during long runs, I alternate b/c water and gatorade. And I'll munch on a few sport beans for the 12+ runs, but Gu doesn't agree with me. In a pinch, I train with PowerGel, but only right before a race to get used to it.<br><br>
I *always* treat myself to a small glass of lowfat chocolate milk after a long run. It restores me, and is a great treat.<br><br>
Oh, one other funny thing. On my way home from the long run I always stop at the market and buy an apple turnover for my husband. This way, he looks forward to my long runs! <img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif">
 

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All last year and into this I would do nothing but drink water on my runs. The last week or so I have been trying Ultima because it is what is being served at the marathon I've registered for.<br><br>
It isn't like Gatorade, it doesn't leave you feeling like you've just had an overdose of something sweet.<br><br>
I will also try a couple of GU type things on my 20 miler. We'll see how it helps / hinders.
 

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It makes me feel better to know that Clif products are all organic & natural, does that help? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I live on Clif blocks.<br>
Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup Solids, Pectin, Citric Acid, Colored With Black Carrot Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Coconut Oil, Carnauba Wax.<br><br>
They do not upset my tummy like gels.
 

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Have you guys eaten Lara bars? I always have some in my travel bag for neverendingworkdays.<br><br>
They have no ingredients except for fruits and nuts, and a spice or two. For instance:<br><br>
Apple Pie: unsweetened apples, dates, walnuts, almonds, raisin, cinnamon<br>
Chocolate Coconut (sorry Grizz): dates, almonds, walnuts, unsweetened coconut, unsweetened cocoa powder<br><br>
that's it! <a href="https://www.larabar.com/secure/index_.php" target="_blank">https://www.larabar.com/secure/index_.php</a>
 

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Oh, good point! I'll give those Clif Blocks a shot once I work up to the sort of mileage that would justify it. <i>If ever...</i>
 

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Nothing, unless it's a race over 10k then I'll drink at the water stations.<br><br>
I never see the point in a water station in a 10k, you've only run 3 miles!!!
 

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On long runs, I fill my camelbak with gatorade. I start taking sips of it after the first half hour or so.<br><br>
I'm not sure that this is the best strategy, though. It helps me with blood sugar/energy issues, but over time, I get what I call "gatorade gut"-- I feel bad in my intestines, it actually feels sore inside. And I don't want to eat for a long time after I'm done, cause it feels so bad.
 

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Altoids,<br>
all though i love gatorade and it is the only drink that does not make me puke (as of now), you may want to experiment with other sports drinks. I have some Heed (i think that is the one) that i can give you some of. I hate it,but many people LOVE it.<br>
I think drinking early helps keep the blood flow to the tummy.
 

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I think I do need to experiment. I'm only using Gatorade because it's easily available and I'm a lazy shopper!<br><br>
I'd like to find something that I can buy in powder form to mix up.
 

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I buy gatorade in a mix at costco or Walmart, the mix sold in markets, etc is not as concentrated as those two places. Remind me and i will give you some Heed mix this weekend. It is a very mild taste.
 

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gatorade + gu for anything over 15 miles. For shorter long runs, I'll stick a handful of jelly beans or candy corn in my pocket.
 

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Just water for anything less than 10 miles. Over that, water and Gu every 45-60 min. I do like Gatorade and during marathon-distance races will alternate that with water + Gu e/o water stop.<br><br>
I guess I'm pretty boring.<br><br>
My recovery drink is either a Slim Fast or (much yummier) a Starbucks bottled Frappuccino drink.<br><br>
I tried candy corn once because I LOVE the stuff and will use any excuse to eat it, but found I didn't like chewing while running. Clif blocks are tasty but again the chewing thing.<br><br>
diablita, how can you only buy a baked good for your husband post long run? I'd be grabbing doughnuts or cookies for me along with that turnover. OK, I do have post-run "treat" issues.
 

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I'll take pasta over pastry any day. But really, knowing there's some lowfat chocolate milk waiting for me is good enough. On my long run days, I pretty much graze lightly all day for the rest of the day, not wanting to eat much at one time but feeling hungry often.<br><br>
I might have to try candy corn. I agree with the Cliff Shot Blocs, though. I can't chew on them. The sport beans are much easier.
 

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Dev- if you did not live in Florida, you would know that Sports Beans freeze in cold weather and can break your teeth <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> That was the last time i ate them (and they rattle in my pocket)
 

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You're right, I had no idea! I can tell you that they get stuck together in high heat and humidity, though. <img alt="icon_sunny.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_sunny.gif">
 

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I've been moving towards shot blocks recently. I repackage the little buggers into my own ziplocks that make less crackly sounds than the original package. If I have a choice I'll drink Gatorade endurance formula.<br><br>
Ultra foods that I've particularly liked: turkey sandwiches at Lean Horse, potatoes and salt (everywhere) chicken soup (everywhere) the little pre-packaged rice krispy treats, and candied ginger (of course.)<br><br>
Things I stay away from now: regular Clif bars (I've choked on / inhaled them too many times), the awful cookies that they had at JFK, and of course Poweraid is evil.<br><br>
For pre-race carb loading my new fave is Trader Joes japanese rice crackers (sembae.) They're almost pure carbs, go in fast, and leave almost no residue to create WTPJ problems the next day.
 

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I've been a fan of the shot blocks for a while. The margherita ones are really pretty good.<br>
For some really strange reason, I've been a fan of PowerBars for like 15 years now. . .I think it's the masochist in me.<br>
Lately, however, I've been trying to take bananas with me on my long runs, and I've had the occasional yogurt at an aid station in the past. Both are pretty easy on the gut.<br>
I've also been trying the Succeed Amino formula lately. So far, I like it, and it hasn't caused me any grief.
 
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