Diabetics who run Marathons!
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I was just diagnosed with LADA, and just started on Januvia two days ago. I have run 6 Marathons and numerous 1/2s and other running events prior to this. I am currently getting ready to train for the Air Force Marathon in Sept. while doing other runs through out the summer. Any advice on the gels ? I do not use a whole packet at a time, as I am a petite woman, and found them to be too much at once! Also, any suggestions for meals to ensure enough carbs, etc.?
Thanks Sunny,,,I think I have something similar I have not tried yet...
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.
Not sure what cliff blocks are?
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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