Growing on Me
On my most recent long run I decided to break out a less typical fueling option. I’m not the type to reach for the gummy, chewy energy sources during my runs, such as bloks, chomps, chews, or drops. In the past I considered them bulky and disrupting. Since many of my clients enjoy these products, it’s hard not to take an interest in why they find them so enjoyable. I decided to make more effort in testing a variety of the gummy, candy-like fuel.
I slipped out the door with a bag of Energy Drops in hand. About 40-45 minutes into the run I attempted to open the package in working in my first dose of Energy Drops at a water stop. My hands were slightly wet from the very humid start to the run and drink from the water fountain. The quality packaging felt impossible. I was using my teeth, tugging, and pulling, but I couldn’t get the package open. FINALLY, after several minutes and multiple attempts, victory was achieved in opening the package and fueling my long run!
This was an awesome reminder of why packaging is a consideration for an endurance athlete’s fueling plan. If I were devoted to using Energy Drops in a race, I would be sure to slightly tear the top of the package. This gentle start can save time and headache during a race when we don’t want to frivolously let the clock run – like I did on my training run.
I must to admit, the gummy energy sources are growing on me. I’m becoming more efficient in how I eat them and don’t feel my breathing rhythm is interrupted quite like it was when I first incorporated such products. In the future, I would be better prepared with a slight tear on the package before heading out the door.