Carbs During Race


#1

I read of one T1 1/2 marathoner that doesn’t consume any carbs during the race. So far, I’ve found that if I reduce my basal by 50% for 2 hours before a long run, I can survive 8 miles as long as I consume about 10g carbs for each mile. Do others require the constant supply of carbs, or can your run with your body reserves?


#2

I swear by the GU gel-it’s the best and keeps my sugar and energy levels up-I always carry with me when I run long distances and during races I’ll have gatorade or whatever sports drink they offer!


#3

Thanks Rachel. I’d heard of Cliffs before, but not GU gel’s. I’ll have to give them a try.
Just out of curiosity, how many miles do you typically run per packet? At 25g carbs, I’d probably require one about every 2.5 miles.


#4

I just take them as I need them-I’ve never been one to calculate precisely my miles vs. Gu gel packets consumed-I just tend to listen to my body and take one when I feel like I am beginning to need a boost. During races I take the GU in addition to the gatorade/Raceday/Poweade or what have you…But I can tell you this, I have never gone further than 5 miles without a pack!


#5

I usually load up on a little more carbs than usual before a race, but the longest race I’ve done is only a 10K. I’ve found that carbs with fiber and protein will keep me really stable. Kashi makes protein bars with a decent amount of carbs, fiber, and protein, so if I eat one of those and bolus about half as much as usual about 30 min. before the race starts, I stay pretty stable.


#6

I’m running a marathon in a month, and I was wondering how often everyone checks their blood sugar on long runs over 10 miles? I’m always frustrated by having to slow down and check, and I wind up having to do it like every three miles…