However, when I was planning for longer runs, up to 2 hours long, I realised that I might need something more than water to keep my butt moving for all that time. So I turned to my friend who will forever be known now as Ironwoman, she advised that I should give some gels a try. The lovely guy at Northside Runners filled me in on the basis behind the gels and when to have them while working out and was kind enough to put together a bit of a "party pack" (his words, not mine) of gels for me to try out.
So, a few weeks ago, on a Saturday morning I set off bright and early and very excited about trying out my new "hydration plan" as I was calling it. I then proceeded to get absolutely saturated when the great Sydney weather took its toll. As I run with my iPhone, and my underwear was wet, I turned around about 10 minutes from home and tried again on Tuesday.
I set off on a 90 minute run armed with 2 frozen water bottles, 2 gatorade bottles and 2 gel packs that I randomly chose from my bag of tricks. Everything was going well and around the 40 minute mark I opened my first gel pack. The guy at the running shop told me that I could eat and run at the same time, but im guessing he has a much smoother running style than me because it took me all of 2 seconds of running while trying to eat it before I just stopped and walked. I was going uphill at the time so really the walking time wasnt exactly going to make much of a difference to my already immensely slow pace. I think it worked well, although I am looking into alternative options to the gels because to be honest that texture is pretty damn nasty. I have done a little digging and apparently jelly beans or dried fruit are equally as effective. I will honestly take any excuse in the world to eat jelly beans, especially the black ones!!