Help me use Gu for the first time.
February 18, 2011 5:38 AM Subscribe
Please advise me about using Gu for the first time while running.
posted by Rudy Gerner to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am training for my first half marathon and although I've run 15k's, I recently realized that after about 45 minutes to an hour of running, I need extra fuel. I bought a couple Gu packets to try out. I understand that I am supposed to take them with water but I was wondering what all you endurance runners consider best practices when using Gu (or similar supplements). My plan is to place some water and my packet along my route, at 45 minutes to an hour in. My questions are:
1. Should I actually plan on taking it earlier, before my usual fatigue sets in?
2. Do I take a mini hit of Gu, a sip of water, a hit of Gu, water, and so on until it's gone? Or can I slurp the packet and then have some water?
3. How much water?
4. Am I overthinking this and actually the important thing is to just have water with Gu and it doesn't matter how exactly I get it all in me?
I know that this question will elicit answers of the "YMMV" nature, which is great, too. I guess I just want to avoid common pitfalls that would result in getting a cramp or stomachache, or not benefitting from the Gu at all.