Anyone tried them

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25/10/2013 at 10:28

Hello runners 

I have entered Paris next year and am looking at refuelling options. I used dextrose tablets during my last marathon - but am thinking about using Hero mints due to the caffeine content .

Has anyone tried them out ?  

25/10/2013 at 10:32

Can anyone explain to me the concept whereby, you are running along, your heart is already pumping at a very high rate and probably close to your maximum heart rate and you think ...... you know what, being close to my maximum heart rate is not enough, I might artificially stimulate it as well just to make sure it really goes into the red zone.

Maybe Im missing something.


25/10/2013 at 10:37
Man died after eating Hero Instant Energy Mints, says coroner

Large amounts of caffeine are not a good idea.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
25/10/2013 at 10:43

Caffeine isn't fuel.

Edited: 25/10/2013 at 10:43
25/10/2013 at 10:44

... and therein lies the rub.


25/10/2013 at 11:53

"Running close to maximum heart rate in a marathon" ?? I think I see a flaw in Mr I's marathon pacing strategy 


25/10/2013 at 11:56

Ha, if you were as unfit as I am, you would be in that situation......... Im still struggling to equal the 24.10 I set back in April in the Park Run.

I was out of breath just reaching under the couch for the remote last night.



cougie    pirate
25/10/2013 at 12:10
A bit of caffeine might be a good idea - didn't Mo Farah have a couple of coffees before his 10k ?

There's bugger all energy in the mints though - they're only small so I reckon you'd be better off with a jelly baby.
25/10/2013 at 16:40

I'd recommend jelly babies as opposed to gels - tastier, but not as easy to carry mind.

25/10/2013 at 17:05

IIRC the each mint has the same caffeine as a can of Red Bull or similar energy drink.

I would only need one at the start and then rely on jelly babies/gels etc along with water or sports drink for the rest of the race.

25/10/2013 at 18:54

So how many jelly babies do people use and how often.....I'm upping my miles at the moment from a long of 15k, so will need to look at fueling in the next month or two and wanted to try them. Anyone suggest how many and when?

25/10/2013 at 21:56

I have used jelly babies at about 2-3 every 30 minutes for me after an hour. But you need to experiment to find out what suits you and whether any other chewy sweets are better than jelly babies.

26/10/2013 at 12:10

So  has anyone tried them out ?

Cougie - thank you yes Mo Farah had 2 expressos before his olympic 10K. There does seem to be some scientific research that  confirms the posiitve impact of caffiene on sports performance  - hence my original question . 

I have tried gels out and find them really difficult to digest   - any other suggestions welcome .

seren nos    pirate
26/10/2013 at 12:20

for those who struggle with gels.have you treied the isogels that already are mixed so you don't need to take water on.........they are 60ml instead of 30 ml and i find them musch easier to handle


Crash Hamster    pirate
26/10/2013 at 14:35

You could just buy some caffeine tablets from myprotein (.com? .co.uk?)

I always pop a couple when I'm racing; supposed to promote fat-burning and reduce rate of perceived exertion, I believe. They certainly work for me, anyway...

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