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THE WALL! The thought and anticipation of getting to and possibly hitting the wall is always on my mind during long runs. My first encounter with the infamous wall was at mile 20 of the 2014 Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (my first). Thankful, I grabbed a gel and made it through the last 6.2 miles. Now for every marathon, I know the wall is coming at mile 20 and usually it's downhill energetically from there. For this NYC Marathon training season I am being intentional on working to avoid the wall so I don't have the usual energy drop that I experience. One product I am testing on my wall busting mission are Generation UCAN (https://www.generationucan.com/) snack bars.
The UCAN snack bars are made of SuperStarch and are designed to maintain sustained blood glucose levels during physical activities. I tested three flavors: chocolate, peach and cinnamon. The bars have the consistency of a dense, thick Milky Way candy bar. The chocolate flavor was my favorite, but the other flavors were not that bad tasting either.
My strategy was to eat an entire bar 2 hours before runs longer than a 10k and a half a bar for the shorter runs. My longest run with the bars was 15 miles. Eating the bars requires water because as I mentioned they are pretty dense. Once I ate the bar I was good to go. I did not feel hungry during any of the my runs, which allowed me to focus on the task at hand. For my 9 and 15 mile runs I also did not need gels for the runs. Typically, I would have needed some type of energy boost at miles 4 or 7.
Based on my results, I am going to use the chocolate UCAN bars for my remaining long runs for NYC Marathon Training. If I feel good after running 20 miles, I am taking the bars to the race.
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