So I’m flipping through Runner’s World last night, and I come upon the following question in the nutrition Q&A: “Do I need an energy gel or some form of carbohydrate during a half-marathon?”
In my head, I was saying, “Nooo, silly,” before I even finished the question. Then, I got to the answer:
“It’s a good idea,” writes nutritionist Liz Applegate.
She goes on to write that your body starts using up its glycogen stores after an hour. I’d always heard two hours is the magic number, and I typically slurp down an energy gel about halfway through runs of longer than 15 miles. But for the half?
I have my long run tomorrow to practice whichever strategy I plan to employ on race day, Gu or no Gu. What would you do?