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Comment by Sunny T on April 16, 2012 at 9:37pm

Clif Shot Blocks are little cube gels, not like GU gels, they are harder like a gummy. They come in a lot of flavors and they are not too hard to chew, but be careful while running that you don't choke, since they tend to be gummy they can get caught in your throat, make sure to chew well before swallowing, but I use them and have had success with them. GU also makes a similar product called GU Chomps, same idea and they work well.

Comment by drsoosie on April 16, 2012 at 8:16pm

Not sure what cliff blocks are?

Comment by dann on April 16, 2012 at 6:19pm

I like Clif shot bloks also, I use GU every 45 mins and use bloks whenever i feel that i don't need 25 carbs, like the last 45 mins and then i only take 1 or 2,(each blok is about 8 carbs).

Comment by Dane on April 16, 2012 at 3:35pm
I like cliff blocks...2-3 at 6 & 9 miles for my halves. I may change for the full?
Comment by drsoosie on April 16, 2012 at 12:26pm

For my half and when I run long in training I use lifesavers. I pop one on every 5 to 7 miles or so and have always had great luck with that. however, I have not run a full marathon yet...until October...so I will see how that works out with my longer runs in training. I was considering using those and supplementing with some sips of Gatorade. I don't chew the lifesaver I tuck it under my tongue or on the side of my mouth and let it dissolve.

Comment by acidrock23 on April 16, 2012 at 5:37am

I like stuff that works faster and have noticed that the GU/ Gel stuff works more like "food" taking a couple of hours to "peak" whereas candy seems to work a shade faster? Glucose probably works the best but aspirating glucose tablets on the trail sucks. I've had gels before 1/2s and during the full I ran and they seemed to work out ok for BG purposes that way but, on the couple of occasions I've tried them mid-run, the post-run high seems to be exacerbated?

Comment by Jerry Nairn on April 15, 2012 at 11:24pm

Like Mike, I don't like to chew. I generally use gels. I have a friend, not a diabetic, but a woman who weighs a lot less than I do, who felt that a whole gel at once was too much for her. She would tear open a gel and suck part of it out, then carry it in her hand for miles, sipping a little at a time from it.

Hammer gel advertises that it is all complex carbohydrates, so it may not be absorbed as quickly as others. Excel gel contains a little protein, so that may help also.

I haven't actually shopped different gels for a while, so my info may be out of date.

Comment by Mike on April 15, 2012 at 9:46pm

Hi Sunny T and welcome to the club.
I tried different things but went back to GU gels. It is tricky at times and I am careful not to over use - That can end badly. I find that all things that require chewing are problematic.

Comment by Sunny T on April 15, 2012 at 6:46pm

Hey all, I just joined TuDiabetes, I was diagnosed this past January. I ran 7 marathons without diabetes and in 5 weeks will be doing my first marathon with diabetes. The training has been going well and I have been able to keep my numbers in a good range, though I am still learning the ropes of managing bs. My question is, occasionally after a run, especially 18+ miles my bs is high and I know this has to do with the liver shooting sugar into the system when under stress, I have lessened my use of gels and started doing granola bars more frequently and that has helped my bs stay low; in the past few weeks have been ending runs with bs of 80-125 rather than ending with 250-300 a couple months ago so I am going in the right direction, but I was wondering what types of energy products has anyone found successful for long runs that sustain energy as but don't shoot the bs too high?

Comment by acidrock23 on April 15, 2012 at 6:27pm

It's good to take a breather to test every once in a while too, it's not going to kill your time, unless you are ***really*** close to a goal and, if your BG gets out of whack, it will probably mess up your goal more? People peeled off to use portapotties, get drinks, rety their shoes, stretch against curbs, fall on their faces and who knows what else but nobody paid any attention to me or anybody else I saw testing their BG. They are running and that's about it. If you take a break? Hey, no big deal. At one spot, I saw some guy arguing with the medical people after he'd gone to the tent and he was *not* happy that he was not going to be let back onto the course?

 

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