Yesterday I did my long run. Usually, my long run happens on the weekend, but this weekend it was really cold. I can suck it up for shorter runs, but I find it harder to regulate my temperature once I'm going further. Since we were supposed to be getting some warmer weather, I delayed my run for a couple days.
It was fabulous. It was around -13c (9f). Much warmer then what I've been running in lately, and with the right clothes it was perfect running weather. I did most of the run along the river and got dazzled with snow and sunshine.
On my last long run of 14km (8.7mi), I was starting to feel low on energy. Yesterday was 15km (9.3mi). I've realized that it's time to start refueling during my runs, since they're getting close to 2 hours long. There's a couple options out there, but it seems that everyone is using gels, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Last week, I stopped by a running store and got a handful of gels. I've been asking friends lately about their favourites, but I thought my best bet was to try a variety of flavours and brands to find out what I like best.
The one I took along on yesterday's run was the clif shot, vanilla flavour.
It was my very first one. I was a gel virgin up until this point, and I have to say the first time wasn't so good for me. I practically gagged on it. It was so thick. Like the consistency of partially dried up corn syrup. I actually had to chew it a bit to get it to a consistency that I could swallow. Now admittedly, it was a bit cold, but not frozen cold or anything. BLAH!!! I won't be trying anymore of that brand. The taste was okay, I guess. I couldn't get past the consistency, so I didn't really care.
Do you have a favourite gel brand/flavour?