Running Fuel and Hydration

If you haven’t already figured it out from the title of this post, today we are going to talk about running fuel and hydration! As you know, my life has been revolving around marathon training, so fueling up and staying hydrated are always on the brain.


As we have already established, I have gained weight during training. Quite frankly I’m okay with the weight gain. I’ve already come to terms with the fact I will not have a six pack by the time I go to Australia. Oh rats! Maybe I will…never! :)

But in all seriousness, it’s important to fuel up during long runs. I have been told to eat between 100 – 300 calories during a long run. Since I am a good student, I do as I’m told. I’m really an over achiever when it comes to the fueling up subject. I’ve tried just about everything on the market, but here are a few of my favorites!

During the run:

Clif Gel Shots – After an hour of running or before I get tired, I start fueling up with a gel. Some people can’t stand the texture of gels but I loooove the mocha flavor. Plus it has a little caffeine which is never a bad thing on a distance run.

Clif Bloks or Stinger Chews or Sport Beans- Starting around mile 7 or 8, I eat 1/2 a Blok, or 1 Stinger Chew, or 2 Sport Beans per every mile I run. This is my little mental trick for getting through each mile. To be honest I’ll do just about anything for food! I put the chews and beans in a small sandwich bag for easy access. I like to mix all three for some variety!

Stinger Waffles – Sometimes during the distance runs, I want to eat something that resembles real food. The Stinger Waffles are delicious and taste like dessert! I love the chocolate flavor.

After the run:

Zico Coconut Water – The perfect source of electrolytes after a long run. Plus you can find it at Trader Joes which makes my life easy.

Vega Protein Powder – Your muscles will thank you! ‘nough said!

Coconut Water + Chocolate Protein Powder = Mind Blown! My friend Gaby deserves a Nobel Prize for coming up with this combination!

Nuun U Natural Hydration – I special ordered this stuff because it doesn’t have artificial sweeteners. It’s great during and after the run.

Think Thin Bar – With 20 grams of protein you can’t go wrong. They are pretty tasty too!

There you have it! These are the fuel and hydration sources that keep me running.

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Question: What is your favorite fuel/hydration?

9 thoughts on “Running Fuel and Hydration

  1. I don’t train nearly as hard as you do so I can’t say I have a lot of fuel advice but I do notice that when I go on really long bike rides in the summer my blood sugar tends to drop quite a lot. I try to pack some kind of nutrition to take with me so I can avoid crashing (figuratively, not literally). I like the coconut water + chocolate protein suggestion!
    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance recently posted…The Busy Girl Guide: My Stitch Fix BoxMy Profile

  2. Ha! Funny that we both mentioned marathon weight gain today! You will look phenomenal in Australia – 6 pack or not! I used to be a die-hard Hammer Gel fan, but I’ve recently been going back (wayyy back) to the basics with a cut-up Clif bar as my long run fuel. I love it! I had always avoided solid food, but it is actually much easier on my stomach. I definitely think the most important thing is to PRACTICE during training what you will use on race day! And I share your LOVE for Vega for post-run!
    Megan (The Lyons’ Share) recently posted…Losing Weight While Marathon Training: Impossible?My Profile

  3. I love reading your blog posts because I feel like we’ve come from the same place and and are heading the same direction from hundreds of miles away.

    I love the shot bloks! When I ran my marathon I founded I needed more than I normally carries and didn’t want to fiddle with taking them out of my fuel belt and putting them away. The suggestion I got from elite runner and owner of my local fleet feet store was to kind of smush two packs together into a super brick of shot bloks. You can wrap them up in cellophane or a ziploc. It looked freaky and sounded weird, but it worked.

    Have you tried the margarita flavor of shot bloks with extra sodium? Good if you sweat a lot of your electrolytes out. I mashed that one up with the strawberry flavor. Strawberry margarita, classic ;)


  4. Haha, I used to have a hard time with fueling, especially during my first marathon. I didn’t understand that fueling was crucial for success during a run. I’d finish 18 miles and literally be sick to my stomach the rest of the day. Duh, you dummy, you didn’t fuel!! And yes, I always gain weight when I’m marathon training. #yolo I’d rather run a marathon than sweat about 5 pounds.
    I LOVE those waffles, but during my actual marathon, I had a hard time chewing on them. I think I didn’t have enough water along the way so I could focus on chewing and swallowing so i threw it all away. YAY for being smart about fueling girl!!
    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures recently posted…Gimme ONE, TWO – NO, THREE!!My Profile

  5. I have run 6 marathons and still don’t have the fueling thing figured out. I am so, so bad at taking in fuel. And refueling during the right time window. And eating before running. But I’m REALLY good at being starving a few hours later and eating everything in sight. Oh, wait. That’s not something I should brag about.

    Thanks for this post, anyway. I should actually try some of these products.
    Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead recently posted…Throwback Thursday: Eventually, I Married HimMy Profile

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