I have struggled with fueling pretty much since I started running. I have a ridiculously sensitive GI system. I have many symptoms of IBS and food allergies and sensitivities. If I overeat or eat too late, my run in the early morning is guaranteed to require multiple pitstops. I cannot eat any solid food before a run or race… even if I get up and eat it 3-4 hours before I start running. So knowing this, I tend to not eat enough, and then crash and burn in races. Often I can get away with less in training runs but it isn't enough in races.
So I needed to find a way to get in what my body needs, without it being too much and leading to GI problems.
When I started using GENERATION UCAN I knew I was moving in the right direction. It is a slow burning carb, so instead of the shorter-lived insulin spikes you get with many of the gels and other fueling products, the UCAN lasts longer and keeps your insulin levels much more even (no spike and crash). It has never bothered my stomach and works well as a preface meal replacement. It's really good stuff. :)
After trying out different strategies for best using UCAN and talking with some other marathoners, I think I finally came up with my perfect fueling strategy. I mixed three scoops of tropical orange UCAN with water and sipped on half of that starting from when I woke up until I was ready to start my warm up. Then when I had about 45 minutes until the race start I drank the second half of the UCAN. I felt well-fueled but not "full" which was perfect. Then I took three Powerbar gels with caffeine throughout the race (at about miles 7, 14 and 21) and just sipped water from aid stations. I finally have my "grab-pinch-sip-drop" routine down perfectly for aid station drinking and don't have to stop running to get in a good sip or two of water. This combination has worked great for me! I also drink the chocolate UCAN as a recovery drink shortly after every run and race (and then eat a full breakfast about an hour later).
If you want to read more on how runners use UCAN successfully you can read here. And if you want to purchase some UCAN, you can use this link to get a 10% discount!!
Another important part of my fueling is EnduroPacks. EnduroPacks is a daily system of vitamins and minerals that are designed for endurance athletes to help keep us healthy and to help us recover faster from our training. EnduroPacks include four products which are sold as a set in one month supplies. The four products are a liquid multi-vitamin, a concentrated electrolyte spray, Essential Amino-Acid patches, and L-Glutamine Recovery Complex. All four products are all-natural, gluten-free, and GMO-Free products, manufactures in the U.S. with only Organic and 100% Vegetarian ingredients.
You can find more details about the EnduroPacks system here, but in a nutshell you take the liquid multi-vitamin every morning, you add the concentrated electrolyte spray to your water or sports drink, you wear one Amino-Acid patch (which helps replenish muscles, increase lung function, and boost immune system performance) for 4-8 hours each day, and you take the Glutamine Recovery Complex (which replenishes nitrogen loss due to intense muscle training, speeds up recovery and reduces soreness) each night. I thought it might be complicated, but it was very easy to get into a routine and I had no trouble remembering to use my EnduroPacks products. The only additional supplements I take are Iron and a probiotic.
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Have you tried Generation UCAN or EnduroPacks?
What fueling strategies and products work for you?