20 Miles: Gen UCan and a Gel
Today I tried a new product before my long run: Generation UCan. I was hoping that by taking Gen UCan, I wouldn't need to take as many other types of fuel as usual. Although I have run 17 miles without fuel before, I often eat a gel or something about every 5 miles.
The main ingredient in Gen UCan powder is corn starch and it's supposed to prevent you from bonking by keeping your blood sugar level. I ate the following mixture 30 minutes before my run.
Cranberry Raspberry Chocolate Gen UCan (mixed the night before and refrigerated)
1 packet chocolate Gen UCan (33 gm carbohydrates)
1/2 packet cranberry raspberry Gen UCan (15 gm carbohydrates)
enough water to give it a pudding-like consistency
I liked the way the chocolate powder (contains sucralose) tasted, but the fruit powder was so sweet from the stevia that I mixed the two together to tone down the sweetness. This tasted okay. I'm sure mixing peanut butter with only the chocolate would taste better, but I wanted to keep things simple since it was my first time to experiment with Gen Ucan. The powders were easy to mix with a spoon and I didn't have any problems with grittiness that I noticed others complain about online.
During My Run: Only One Gel
After 13 miles and about 2 1/2 hours of running, I ate a strawberry banana GU gel (one of my favorite flavors) because I thought it might keep me from dragging my feet, which I was beginning to do.
My last mile was my fastest and when I finished the 4 hour run (12 min/mi ave), I was hungry. I'm never hungry after a long run so this was a nice change for me because it was lunch time. So I went out with my husband to Rudy's Barbecue where I had some delicious beef brisket and peach cobbler.
Generation UCan Links
Gen UCan Post on Marathon Fueling
Runners Connect Gen UCan Review
Would you like two free packets of Generation UCAN? Here's a link.