Monday, October 6, 2014

Honey Running Fuel & 18 Miler


For this week's 18 mile run, I made up a honey gel and put it into a plastic bag. During the run, some of the honey leaked out of the bag. Fortunately, I also brought berry Clifbloks and berry Powerbar gel so I had plenty of fuel.

Yesterday I used honey gel during my 10 mile run, too, but this time I put it in a plastic bottle. I liked the taste of the gel, this mixture has a similar calorie and carbohydrate count as many popular store-bought gels and the bottle didn't leak. Mission accomplished!

Honey Running Fuel

Per Serving: calories: 111, carbohydrates: 30

Makes 2 servings. 

Pour into container:
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon molasses 
  • 1 tablespoon water (to make the mixture pour more easily)

Weekly Fitness Summary

  • Monday - 5 mile run
  • Tuesday - strength-training:abs, 40 min. ride 
  • Wednesday - 18 mile run
  • Thursday - strength-training: arms, 50 min. ride
  • Friday - 9 mile run, strength-training on park equipment
  • Saturday - rest
  • Sunday - 10 mile run, short ride in the woods 

I ran 18 miles this week. The mosquitoes swarmed around me every time I stopped so that was my extra incentive to keep going even though it was hot and humid - especially when I ran through the woods. I liked the change of scenery in the woods, though, so I just made sure to keep moving when I was there!

I'm not registered for a marathon until February, but I did an 18 mile long run because I want to be prepared if I get the chance to run a race sooner than that. Besides, I like doing long runs!

44 comments:

  1. Pure genius! I was wondering how you got it out of the little bottle but adding the water is perfect.

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    1. During the first part of my run, I hadn't added the water yet and the honey was so slow to pour into my mouth. So I added the water at a water fountain. Problem solved! Plus, the water and honey mixture mixed together just fine- something I was concerned about.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have such a hard time getting gel down, it always makes me gag :(

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    1. That's not good! Maybe honey will do the trick.

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    1. Thanks! It would be especially handy to try if you run out of gels. And, of course, you could skip the molasses if you don't have any.

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  4. I have a gel flask I've never used. I may have to try this.

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    1. Yeah! And in case anyone is curious about the flask, that container is an EFS Liquid Shot gel container.

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  5. What a great idea! I've used the Honey Stinger gels, which are mostly honey, and really liked using them. Fantastic runs last week, too! :) I don't think I could run an 18 miler without having a marathon looming in the near future!

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    1. I've had a couple of Honey Stinger gels before and I liked them, too!

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  6. That's a lot of miles for the week :) Didn't your legs feel tired when you went to run 9 miles the next time out? You are marathon ready :)

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    1. My legs felt great all week. I've taken it easy - only gradually increasing the miles and that helps, I think!

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  7. What a great idea to make your own fuel - I'm sure it is much cheaper!!!
    I'm like you - I just like to do long runs and do them randomly!!

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    1. Oh, yeah! It's a lot cheaper as long as it doesn't leak out of your container!!!

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  8. What a great DIY fuel idea!!

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    1. Thanks! I like the way the carbs and calories are similar to gels.

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  9. I can't wait to try this. I spend so much money on gels.

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    1. I hope that you do get the chance to try it and that it works for you!

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  10. I love the idea of homemade gels! Was that volume enough to sustain you or would you bring more in the future? Would adding extra flavor be a good idea?

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    1. It worked out fine. Before the run, I thought to myself that I won't need the extra gel, but that it wouldn't take up much space in my pocket. I'm glad I brought it with me!

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  11. Wow how creative! Now if I could also infuse some chocolate in there we'd be in business :)

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    1. Fun idea! You could try cocoa powder.

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  12. "Besides, I like doing long runs!" That's awesome! Same here! And it's great to have that base just in case!

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    1. It would be fun to run a last minute fall race!

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  13. Nice 18....not so nice mosquitoes!

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    1. I know! The next time I do a long run, I'd better put on some mosquito spray.

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  14. Dealing with sticky leaking honey on an 18-miler must have been interesting. I had to laugh.

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    1. I was really glad to be close to a water fountain!

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  15. I LOVE long runs too. Sometimes I just get in the mood for one.

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  16. You are amazing! I love long runs too, but long for me is about eight miles! I love honey so I am going to try your recipe.

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    1. My tip: check to make sure that it's not leaking. I'm glad I happened to check after only running 1/3 of a mile!

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  17. You definitely like those long runs! You always tackle the distance so well. I'm hoping to run a double-digit run myself this week and I will try to remember you for inspiration :)

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    1. That beats being remembered for my snake posts!!! Thanks for the kind words!

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  18. Great gel recipe...
    I am curious about the biking. When substituting it for a run, do you go by time (how long it would have taken you to complete the run?) or effort? How hard are you pushing it on the bike? (Going by cadence/speed?)

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    1. I know that some people substitute riding for running, but lately, I'm not really doing that. I just ride for the length of time or miles that I feel like going each day. I tend to take it easy if I ride the day after a long run or if it's hot. Otherwise, I push hard to get a good workout in. Glad you asked!

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  19. Interesting gel recipe - I've never tried making my own but this one sounds pretty good - love honey :)

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    1. I like to experiment with what I eat and drink when I run. Fun stuff!

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  20. Awesome, that you ran 18 mikes just for the fun of it!

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    1. I'm really glad that I've been able to work back up to doing long runs again!

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  21. I might have to try that honey running fuel recipe. I've tried a gel once, but I think it was loaded with caffeine! This seems like a good alternative.

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    1. I like trying all kinds of different foods on the run. As long as you have a leak-proof container, it's worth trying!

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  22. I had been wondering about your long runs. That's really neat that you made your own gels! I've always wanted to try making my own fuel for long runs - like those energy ball-type things (made with oats, peanut butter, etc.).

    Question - Do you have a specific reason you do your long runs on Wednesdays? Or is that just what fits your schedule?

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    1. No reason other than, like you said, sometimes it fits best in my schedule that way. It's fun to experiment with running fuel!

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