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I have seen some lucozade glucose tablets in Tescos. How do you take/use these. I have looked at gels but only want to carry one thing, my water bottle
I am just starting to get some long(ish) runs in and am looking for that extra boost.
Hi Adam Lloyd 3.
Good question you asked. Shows you take your running serious. I have used "Lucozade Glucose Tablets" and found them quite good actually. My advice is though be careful not to inhale through your mouth whilst chewing & running. These tablets are very very powdery when chewed. I have nearly chocked myself several times. Always wash them down with a small amount of water too.
I have tried both and I personaqlly found that the dextrose / glucose tablets fine with no problems.
I would keep them loose in a pocket thats not going to get wet ar damp, you can just pick them out and pop them in easy peasey . They are a bit chalky but in a wierd sort of way they also create a burst of saliva, not quiet opal fruits (or whatever they are call these days) but a little refreshing. No need to carry bottles around with you which I find a pain.
When I ran my first half marathon I carried two gel's with me in my hands, I am a bit of a tight arse and wont spend on gel belts etc however at about the five mile stage my hands became sweaty and one gel slipped away and i didn't stop to pick it because it was still very busy with runners !!!
If I was you try both on different long runs and see which one you feel works for you then stick with it on race day. good luck
Talking of glucose tablets - has anyone tried glucose powder ?
I have just started to use it on the days when I go for a run, just mix it with either water or fruit juice, for that exra burst of energy levels. Yesterday I ran 7.4 miles to work and 5 miles home from work and felt great on both runs without any loss of stamina, in fact the run home was very quick. I think that the glucose powder really does make a difference. It was a friend who suggested it, he competes at triathalons / iron man etc It is also cheap less than £1 in holland and barratt, for a box.
If you have tried it are there any pitfalls or side effects that i should be carefull with ?
I tried taking those glucose tablets while doing a long run recently, didnt work well, had some kind of sugar-related crash i think. felt awful lightheaded etc. . havent taken them before, and have done the same run before without feeling bad. would carb gels be better for lasting energy or would bananas do the trick? training for my first marathon, ive read that these things are almost essential once muscle glycogen runs out, so I am wanting to replenish my energy but dont think lucosade pills work for me. any advice ye marathoners?
I forgot I'd posted on this. I run ultra distance now and I now realise I used to carry way too much on my runs. Now I don't anything for 10 miles or less. I take 1 small choclate biscuit (Club, Penguin etc). If it's race I will take a gel. For 13 to 20 i'll take 2. My advice: Eat a good breakfast and for training runs try to run through the loss off energy. This will train your body to metabolise fat better. Take some gels just in case though, they work really quick. Good luck.
more fun that glucose tablets is to pop a Berocca in your cake hole around mile 20, it'll certainly liven you up.
only if you use a Berocca Boost
Mountaingoat - The best advice I can give is listen to your body. If its a training run I only eat if I have too. That way you are training your body to use fuel more effciently. I read all the books while training for my first marathon and most of it is too generic. As I said before, 10 miles is my comfort limit without more fuel but I can run 15 before it really starts to impact on performance. When I think back back to my first marathon i'm almost embaressed to say I had a bum bag with gels and flapjack in. You live and learn. I ran a 100k race last year and I met a guy after who had run the whole 62 miles on a bag of crisps and a banana! to me that is insane but it worked for him.
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Darrell's right - you'll get your lungs and nasal passages coated in sickly-sweet powder. Not worth the bother, not designed for the activity.
I have no trouble with the glucose tablets. I just follow Cougie's procedure for taking them, maybe one a mile for the last few miles of long runs.
thanks for the advice Loxley Crawshaw, much appreciated. It amazes me that the human body can adapt to running such long distances- I bet that when you did your first marathon you never invisaged running 62 miles! I have been reading all the books etc, but I'll just see what works best. Not going to eat them glucose things again in a hurry thats for sure- packet of cheese and onion will do!