Roctane GU & 9 Miles

Carried On My Run
I ran 2 warm up miles and then I ran 5 marathon paced* miles. I wanted to remind myself of what that pace felt like. Running MP* miles took some concentration, checking my Garmin to stay on pace and looking at the path ahead. My goal was 8:47-9:10/mile pace. My mile splits: 8:46, 8:54, 8:36, 8:44, 8:32/mile.

About midway through, I got the low battery alert on my Garmin. When I saw the alert, I stopped to fiddle with my Garmin, made a quick turn towards home, changed my mind because I wasn't going to stop and recharge the battery and made another u-turn towards the water fountain. From there I knew I was 2 miles from home - I wanted a marker in case my Garmin died.

I decided that I'd try to run fast for the full 5 miles even if I didn't know my pace, but my Garmin never stopped working even though I ran 9 miles - about 4.5 miles after I got the first alert.

I drank Cytomax at the 2 mile mark and ate a Vanilla Orange Roctane GU gel at mile 4.5, both of which I thought I might use during the marathon. Maybe it was because I'd just had some sweet Cytomax, but vanilla orange was mostly flavorless. I felt strong to the end, though.

 I've bought Roctane for $2.20-2.50 locally and regular GU gels for $1. Since I follow GU on Twitter, I heard about a gel deal. If you make any purchase at GU Energy like I did and use coupon code INROC2K10, you'll receive 6 free Roctane gels in the new flavor, Island Nectar.

For $12.09, UPS will be delivering 6 yummy mint chocolate gels and 6 Island Nectar Roctane gels to my front door, which brings the cost of the Roctane gels down to the price of the regular gels - a good deal!

Only 16 days until the Denver Rock 'n' Roll Marathon!


  1. isn't that a great deal? I had been wanting to try pineapple roctane so jumped on the chance to get the island nectars for free!

  2. I've heard the pineapple is good. Hope you like it!

  3. ugh. i just bought 30+ GU's at REI and would have loved to have tried the Roctane. sounds like a yummy flavor!
    so how is the taper going? i can't wait to get there!

  4. So far, so good on the taper. I'm cutting a run or two a week, lowering the mileage, and feeling strong with a bit of speedwork.

    Too bad about missing the deal!

  5. I wasn't a fan of the Roctane GU. I tried the pineapple and the vanilla orange. Neither were my favorites. I like the espresso/chocolate ones the best.

  6. Oh, yeah, I used to buy espresso love (chocolate) a lot. It's a risk - buying Island Nectar before tasting it, but the price was good!

  7. I use the Roctane during marathons. I like the extra kick it gives..I'm getting the free island nectar as well. Hope it tastes good(:

    Have a great weekend.

  8. Stacey, I hope you have a great time running the St George marathon tomorrow!

  9. I can't take GU product, but I can the to get that stuff when you can and save a bit! Yahoo, 16 days! It's FINALLY suppose to cool off this weekend...hope it stays so for your race!! :) Have a great weekend!

  10. What a relief to hear Denver is cooling down!

  11. vanilla orange sounds great!

  12. i can't wait to try the new roctane flavor, and mint choco is my favorite!!


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