I'm doing the Lon Marathon in April and training is going well! Just one thing I was looking for advice on was the sports drinks. Does anybody know if there is a natural alternative to the refuelling sports drinks and sports gels? Or...can you successfully make up your own one (salts, sugars etc)? I have tried doing a bit of internet searching bu can't seem to find much!
If I can't find suitable alternatives, I will have the gels etc, but my reason for wanting an alternative is that I am very anti the artificial sweeteners (aspartame mainly) Personal opinion, so please don't shoot me down! Just wondered if anyone had advice....?
Thanks, Alison x
I put a good pinch of salt into "1.5 glasses water, 1.5 glasses orange juice". very scientific
If you're happy to buy non-aspartame, then try Taut - it's everything free and way less sugary than Lucozade. Available in the supermarket (well I've found it in Waitrose and Sainsbury, haven't tried Asda or Tesco).
(I have no connection to Taut, just like it...when I remember to buy it!)
The general recipe is 50% fruit juice, 50% water with a pinch of salt. However, some recent research said the salt has no effect unitl you stop exercising so you might as well take it then. If you like the tast of it and have a juicer why not juice a stick of celery instead of adding table salt - much better for you!
I can't take aspartame, makes me feel very dizzy.
This is what it says about Aspartame in the Bill Statham guide to food additives "prepared from phenylalanine and aspartic acid; breaks down to methanol then formaldehyde inthe body".
nasty stuff. On the gel side, could you add gelatine or agar agar etc to the mix?
This is what it says about Aspartame in the Bill Statham guide to food additives "prepared from phenylalanine and aspartic acid; breaks down to methanol then formaldehyde inthe body". nasty stuff. On the gel side, could you add gelatine or agar agar etc to the mix?
Hi Joybird! This is exactly my reasons for not wanting to have anything with aspartame in it...have been on this mission for some years now and really didn't want to have to have it if I could avoid it....so I am so grateful for all these responses of alternatives!
I have ordered some Taut drinks and will def try all the above recommendations too!
Thanks Ian for the rehydration formula too!
Wow someone else who thinks the same as me I got laughed out of a running shop for asking such a thing!
I ran Dublin Marathon back in Oct and trained with diluted fruit juice - up to 20 mies was fine but during the marathon i felt like i needed something to keep me going but didnt want to risk having one of the gels they were giving out as I'd not had one before.(Permission to think I am really dumb now....) I did also bring an Organic Flapjack but was later told that my body would have taken ages to release the energy from that! But it's all so complicated...who would've thought you'd need a science degree to understand long distance running
Am really getting into this now so if anyone knows what your body actually needs during running then please reply!? Is juice and a pinch of salt enough to get you round a marathon or could I do a better time if I drank all these chemicals!? Ta muchly x
Perhaps I'm being thick, but why do sports drinks/gels have sweetener in them anyway? Isn't the idea to take in carbohydrate in the form of sugar/glucose when on runs? And isn't that sweet enough?
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Is juice and a pinch of salt enough to get you round a marathon or could I do a better time if I drank all these chemicals!? Ta muchly x
I don't think juice, liquid and salt would give you enough carbs to get round. In laymans terms, hitting the wall is due to the body running out of carbs and using fat. The point of gels is that they are easily digested, like fluid, so the body does not have to use energy on digesting them, unlike more solid food. Your digestive system does not work as well when under stress such as exercise, so solid food takes longer to digest than normal.
However gels are pretty new. It might be worth digging out a running book from the 1980s to see what during-race nutrition they advise. Failing that, would have thought a very ripe banana of two (easier to digest and more sugar) early in the race and more sugary foods such as jelly babies later on would be best. (Avoid choclate. It melts!) However do try this in training beforehand.
I would like to add that I am not a nutirtion expert (I can't even spell the word!) but that was the food I ate in cycle races. I managed over 260 miles in a 12 hour race with this food, although I admit I did also top up with some powerbars, gels and energy drinks. Hope this helps.
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