1. The rule of thumb is to try and consume 1g of carbohydrate per minute to optimally fuel a long run. This may sound a lot but when you break it down it is actually easy to achieve. An OTE Energy Gel contains 20g of carbohydrates & an OTE Energy Drink Sachet mixed with 500ml of water contains 40g of carbohydrates so that already equates to 60g for the first hour.
It isn’t always necessary to fuel optimally for every single run. Shorter runs you can get away with just fuelling before and after. Optimal fuelling of 60g per hour is necessary for key training sessions and race days. Remember if you don’t put energy in for your body to use whilst running it will either turn to burning fat (which is ok but makes you slow) or can actually break down your muscle as an energy source (which is not good!). It is always better to provide your body with some carbohydrates to prevent this.
2. If you are constantly forgetting to fuel during training why not set a beeper on you watch or phone to go off for every 15 minutes to remind me to take a drink. This is also a strategy that you can carry forward to your racing. It is always wise to start a race with a strategy that you have tried and tested in training.
3. Try using a fuel belt to carry your essentials. You can get belts that hold smaller bottles making it easier to run with. Try filling one with OTE Blackcurrant Energy Drink and one with OTE Lemon & Lime Energy Drink and try alternating between the two. This can work as a little tactic to break the time down, for example if it’s a 2.5hr run that means on 15mins, 45min, 1hr15, 1hr45 and 2hr15 sip blackcurrant flavour drink and on 30min, 1hr, 1hr30, 2hrs sip the lemon and lime flavour.
4. On very long runs if you need to refill bottles you can run on a loop and either have a friend or family member pass you fresh bottles, or set the loop to run past your house to quickly refill. Another idea is to hide a fresh bottle in a bush on route for you to pick up.
5. OTE Energy Gels have a dual packaging system that means you can chose whether you want to sip or gulp the gel. For runners, tearing to sip means you can have a mouthful and save the rest for later. The packaging is designed so the gel only comes out when pressure is applied.
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