We’re getting to that point.
The one where I need to start worrying about hydration and fuel during my run rather than after it.
This is where it’s going to get tough for me. I’m not sure how to juggle everything.
And, if we’re going to be honest, I hate the idea of a belt. Not just fuel belts. Any kind.
When I run, I go out with my ipod (in my sports bra), my phone (in my hand) and possibly my pepper spray (depending on time of day and where I’m going). I am comfortable with how that feels, and I worry that adding to the list is going to throw me off.
I am debating just carrying a reusable water bottle in my non-phone hand, at least for the time being. I guess it couldn’t be THAT annoying. Right?
On to energy supplements. I’m really stumped with this. I dislike jello and things that are slimy, so I’m having a hard time reconciling myself with something called “Gu” or “gel”. Are they really necessary? Or should I stick to some kind of energy jelly bean or Honey Stinger chews? Should I not even bother and just hope that I don’t need any energy in my longer runs?
It’s all so overwhelming and I need help sorting it all out.
So, what do you all recommend? Do I have to get over my belt issues or is a handheld bottle doable?
What energy supplement do you recommend I try? Any flavors that are better than others?
I place myself in your experienced hands!