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Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

More proof of the benefit to holding big running events in cities, Ottawa Race Weekend generated $27.8 million in economic activity.

Another record for Ed Whitlock. He is inspiring, seeing him finish just ahead of me to set the record was a highlight of the day for me.

Are you an annoying runner?

Here are a few nutrition tips for runners.

Here is a good post on the use gels for running.


Review of GU Sports Drinks and Gels

You may recall that for Valentine’s Day I won a package of GU products in a contest hosted on the #runchat blog. Since I have gone through most of my stash I thought I would take the time to post a review.

Prior to winning these products I had not tried many of the GU products. The contest allowed me to test a few different products as I train for the Ottawa Marathon. I made good use of the Roctane drinks during my speed interval sessions at the track and am still making use of the gels on my long runs.

What’s my verdict? I like that the Roctane drinks are not overpowering.While they don’t taste like water they are also not overly sweet and syrupy tasting when you run in warmer weather. In terms of the gels, I like that most of the flavours did not taste metallic or acidic like other varieties of gels I have tried.

Of course with such a variety of flavours there are bound to be favourites. My personal favourites were the Lemon Lime Roctane drink and the Cherry-Lime gels. If I buy more GU products these are the flavours I will be looking for.

I also tried the GU Chomps. It’s not a knock but I am not really a big fan of the gummy energy products. I am not sure if it is me but I don’t running and having them stick to my teeth.

Do you regularly use GU products?