Prepping for 50K: 20 Miles on Glukos
I'm running a 50K trail race in 6 weeks - the Pass Mountain Trail 50K Race in Mesa, Arizona, held on November 12. I've been doing hill repeats on the steepest little hill near my house. I do squats and lunges while I wait for my Keurig to make coffee. I've increased my mileage - 58 miles this week. I also tried some new products that I might use at the race that I won in a Glukos Energy giveaway.
How I Fueled My 20 Mile Run
Not wanting to try too many new things at once, before yesterday's run I had coffee with oatmeal mixed with banana, cinnamon and walnuts instead of one of the bars that I won. During the run, I used one Glukos drink mix, one Glukos gel, and 14 Glukos tablets, which is 120 carbohydrates and 390 calories total for my 3hr 40 min run. I ate/drank something every 2 miles from miles 4 to 16.
Results of My Glukos Experiment
I've used orange, lemon and fruit punch flavors and liked them all. Every product has a light sweetness that's just right (they use stevia). They say that glucose, the main ingredient in the products, is a sugar most easily and quickly used by our bodies. I didn't have any stomach upset or cramps and I didn't bonk. I managed a fast finish, which makes me happy.
I liked the convenience of the tablets, which you can just chew or put in a bottle with water. At 5 grams of carbs in each tablet, you can easily take in only a little fuel at a time. I ate 2-4 tablets at once and they remind me of Smarties candy. The drink powder mixes easily. The gel, which is water-based, is more like a drink than other gels and is in a package larger than most gels.
Last month, I ran a long run using Glukos drink powder and gummies. I like the small size of the gummies and how easy they are to chew. Click here to see how I used them on that 16 mile run.
How to Get Glukos for Free
Request a free sample at Glukos Energy so that you can use Glukos, too, just like Jared Ward, 3rd marathon finisher in the '16 men's Olympics. Check them out on Twitter or Facebook. That's how I entered the giveaway and won a box of Glukos.
Running This Week:
Monday: 12 mile run with 12 hill repeats
Tuesday: 8 mile run with strides
Wednesday: 8 mile run with strides
Thursday: 20 mile run with last miles at 10:01, 10:03, 9:48, 9:31, 9:15/mile. Average pace- 10:57.
Friday: 10 mile run (tiring my legs right after a 20 mile day to prep for 50K); pre-run: a chocolate Glukos energy bar (the first ingredient on the list is dates so if you like dates, I think you'll like it, it gave me energy for the first half of run, I should have brought a snack, though); post-run: a cookies 'n creme Glukos protein bar (I needed to nuke it to soften it, good flavor)
Total: 58 miles
I hope that you have a good running week with cooler fall weather like we are enjoying here in the Houston area!