Hi Pudge, maybe a slight jelly-ness where the seeds expand in water, but still very liquid and thinner than consistency of some energy drinks I've tried. Good point on clogging, I'd forgot to mention that it isn't compatible with some bottles as contains whole seeds (small as they are). If anybody is after a bottle to try with I use the old-style red-top SiS 500ml bottles if they are still available out there?
I too like the more natural ingreadients of the chia charge products, e.g. I saw a program on the stevia sweetner recently which seemed to pop-poo any idea that this natural sweetner will do you any harm. Much like others mentioned here, I guess most of us although we need to eat more due to fuelling demands try to make that 'fuel' pretty healthy.
It's a bold experiment and whilst I agree there is too much carb-emphasis for some types of long distance, low-tempo running/walking I'm not sure I could back-off the carbs too much. So much conflicting advice out there, things just have to be tried for yourself to see if of benefit.
JD - Once you step over 26.2m "the craziness" has you. And won't let you go until you've tried 100m Whether or not it will let you go after the first successful or unsuccessful attempt depends on how bad your infected with it! Best of luck, that's got to be mentally a toughee with all that level running.
Getting really excited about GYRR now (starting next Tuesday), route all but finalised, maps marked, train booked, B&Bs booked, had a good 'dry run' at weekend with a pack loaded a similar amount to what will be on the day(s) (everything in a 12L bag and small bumbag), sponsorship coming in, on-the-run food supplies stocked up. Going to be great..... and probably at times pretty awful too I can imagine.....but I think the overall will make for a great experience.
Don't know if useful, but a copy and quick edit from blog list of food I planned to take - and I've updated to what actually took and added what I picked up on route too - when I did a 21hr run of Centenary way Filey-York (mostly) unsupported recently. The day before the evening I set off I mostly loaded on pizza, not my usual/pref, as a bit salty, but with plenty of water worked well enough to fill up the stomach:
What I carried:
A few Chia charge flapjacks: original (378 cals), banana (357 cals)
9 bar: mixed-seeds (277 cals)
Clif Energy Bar: White Chocolate / Macademia nut - not tried, sounds nice (240 cals)
Sandwiches: savoury and sweet (500 cals)
Banana (~100 cals)
various other fruit (~100 cals)
Chocolate: milk/dark - the latter is particularly good for a boost (~300 cals)
1 x Chia trail mix (160 cals)
Gel - for a sugar boost if things get really hard (100-200 cals)
And although its a drink I'll get about 80 cals from each 500ml mix of chia charge, I probably got through 3 or maybe 4 bottles of this.
Usually 1/4 a rich tea biscuit with the chia charge too
breakfast: big capri sun and cheese and ham slice (picked up at a 'One Stop' just after 6am). Both offered a nice variation from sweeter carb biscuits/flapjacks, etc.
when my mate joined me for last 30m+ in morning he provided some 'garage shop', defrosted that morning, jam donuts.
I thought I'd post this as it goes to show the amount and variation of food I find best gets me through a long run. On the food disassociation or food for enjoyment debate I must admit I can eat for sake of eating and will eat something at regular intervals, but its nice to have something to look forward to, drives me on at tough moments.
Jan - I know what you mean about the sugar strike, very good advice. How quick that comes on for me varies with effort too.
T-rex - I very much agree its nice to have the hot food to look forward, I know a few events that offer on route and usually helps tick a box the cold, sweet stuff doesn't quite. Woldsman 50 event in my area always offers an indoor CP at halfway and a pasta in tomato or spicy tomato sauce. I'm a spice nut so have the the latter I find really restocks reserves , although I also have something sweet for a more immeadiate energy hit too. And in the above 'non-event' run, whilst not hot I even sought out some more 'normal' food (i.e. protein, carbs, fat in more balanced measures) at about halfway for breakfast.
cont... 6. wraps - I rarely make them and just get from a supermarket. But one with a good bit of moisture in filling and the tortilla is less bulky, chewy, drying than bread. 7. better quality supermarket cereal bars - cheaper ones tend to be more sugary and that's all fine, but I prefer something marginally healthier with word wholegran somewhere in ingreadients if possible. Usually have more of a starch sugar balance so less of a big hit of energy and more steady release. I've found Nature valley sweet and nutty quite good on run as easy to chew (~150Kcal / ~14-17g carbs / ~8-10g sugar). Nature valley crunchy a bit more of a chew, but some in two pieces which helps and good carb levels (~190Kcal / ~26-27g carbs / 11-12g sugar). Even if not used on a run their a good mid-afternoon or pre-run snack.
Clif bars also seem popular at ultra events, and seem like a wholesome enough product, but I always find these too hard to chew when at a hard lick so tend to go for easier options.
Apols for another long post, but some good questions being asked and getting a bit carried away answering this week