I was honored to be a member of PowerBar‘s Team Elite this past year and had the opportunity to try a ton of their products. PowerBar is going to give away some of my favorite products to two readers – just in time to kick off the new year and spring marathon training!
Energy Gels: Since my very first marathon in 2002, PowerBar Energy Gels have been my go-to refuel for long runs and races (Note: I’ve tried out a few other brands over the years, but have always come back to PowerBar’s gels). They have gotten me through long training runs, marathons, and my first ultra.
The energy gels provide the carbs and electrolyte of a high end sports drink and contain 4x the sodium of leading competitors. The gels are formulated with PowerBar C2MAX dual source energy blend, a 2:1 glucose to fructose blend found to deliver 20-50% more energy to muscles than glucose alone and improve endurance performance by 8% (source).
I can happily say that I’ve never cramped or had any sort of GI issues during a race – which I attribute to my use of energy gels. They come in 11 yummy flavors – some with caffeine (1x or 2x) and some without. My favorite flavors are Strawberry Banana, Green Apple, and Chocolate – they taste SO good and have just the right amount of caffeine! I typically take one right before a race and then every 5-6 miles (depending on how I feel/how fast I am running).