Energy Gels for Running
Energy gels are a popular source of quick energy for runners and endurance athletes.
They are a concentrated form of carbohydrates, typically containing a mix of glucose, fructose, and maltodextrin. The idea behind energy gels is to provide a quick burst of energy when your body needs it most, such as during long-distance runs or races.
When consumed, energy gels are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and provide a quick source of fuel for working muscles. This can help prevent fatigue and allow runners to maintain their pace and endurance for longer periods of time. Energy gels are also easy to carry and consume during a run, making them a convenient option for runners who need to refuel on the go.
Use Energy Gels in Moderation
However, it is important to note that energy gels should be used in moderation and as part of a balanced nutrition plan. Consuming too many gels can cause gastrointestinal distress, and relying solely on gels for energy can lead to nutrient deficiencies and imbalances. It is important to also drink water along with the energy gels to prevent dehydration.
Experiment with gels during training
If you are considering using energy gels for running, it is a good idea to experiment with different brands and flavors during training to find what works best for you. It is also important to follow the recommended dosage guidelines and not to rely solely on gels as a source of nutrition during long-distance runs or races.
Stock up at your local running shop
At Blue Mountains Running Co we stock a large range of energy gels including GU, Hammer, Huma, Koda, Maurten, Precision Hydration and Spring Energy. Providing a range of different calories designed to match your running or endurance performance.
Energy gels are ideal for endurance events including Ultra Marathons, Spartan, Obstacles, Road Running and Trail Running.