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 weekâ€™s storiesâ€¦
The importance of smiling during a run.
A good recap of a Boston Marathon that did not go as planned.
A new beer mile record.
42 tips for first time marathoners.
I usually use GU Roctane gels but you can follow this post to follow a review of several kinds.
A post about race season.
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?