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Is the duration too short? I'm running in a 7 mile race in two weeks and usually train carrying a water bottle only. And take a small sip every so often as I run.
Will and "ADE" drink help any and if so which is your favorite? Or which GEL would you suggest?
You would normally take only water in this short a race. Though something like Gatorade won't hurt, your body doesn't really have enough time to digest and make use of the nutrients during the race. It may be some benefit to take sports drink or energy gel shortly before the race. Just watch how much you take so you don't get an upset stomach. I personally don't have a preference on gels or drinks.
Unless the race is going to take you significantly more than an hour, you should not need to consume fuel or fluids during the event. I wouldn't even take water, it will just weigh you down.
Good luck and happy running!
Thanks guys. I'll forget about the ADES, etc. and stick to my water.
I carry a water bottle when I train and race to combat dry mouth and for comfort mostly. When I race, it is rare that I find a water station when I want one so the bottle has become my security blanket sort of. I may dump it for this race just to keep my hand free.