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I read about this guy that only eats bananas as fuel for his long runs - and I want to know if anyone else has done this.
I'm asking because my stomach is getting unhappy with gu's and I need to find something for in-run fuel.
Re the bananas, if you do eat bananas during your long run, do you carry them or stash them somewhere? How do you carry them?
Any alternatives to gu?
I have eaten bananas, handed to me by spectators along the race route. But I don't usually. There are tons of alternatives: gummi bears, candy corn, small pieces of hard pretzels, honey stingers, PowerBar Gel Blasts (have worked well for me), Gu Chomps, bite-size Snickers (also have worked well for me), etc. Almost anything small, high in carbs, easy to get down, no more than 125 - 175 calories at a time. Make sure you are taking your fuel at the recommended intervals and with water, not sports drink.
Quick update to this - I did my 20miler yesterday with a couple of bananas... I run with a waist belt (handy place to put stuff) and with the help of some velcro cable ties I literally strapped a couple of bananas to my waist (the curve of the banana is perfect). Ate one at mile 6 and the other at mile 14. Sprinkled in a couple of gu's and plain old water for hydration (no gatorade), and my stomach was fine. In fact it was so good that I wolfed down a couple burgers afterwards. I'm guessing that the combination of too many gu's and the gatorade is what upset my stomach before. I'll try the banana thing again and if still good will implement for the MCM.
There's probably alot you dont realize about nutrition and specifically the types of food and nutrients you put into your body. In particular, alot of the gus and sports drinks contain sugar and caffeine that may cause a temporary high during training, but does not do anything to replace the valuable minerals that are depleted during training. Even electrolyte drinks may be missing the trace minerals that are necessary for the body to maintain a certain level of performace. You should listen to this blog which explains which minerals the body needs and why you NEED them! http://www.enduropacks.com/blogs/news/9478459-does-your-electrolyte-give-you-all-the-essential-minerals-you-need
Another update to my original posting: I did another long run today with my two bananas strapped to my waist belt and it worked good enough that I will use them for the MCM. I use velcro cable ties and they don't destroy the banana. Best of all, they are easy to eat and swallow, and best of all, my stomach does not have that post-run churn feeling. I squeeze down a Gu in between the bananas and it's worked great.
+1 for bananas!