Race Fuel and Huma Gel Giveaway

Look what I am looking at outside this morning...YUCK!! This is beyond funny or even tolerable at this point! April 23rd and fresh snow. Poor O asked again if it is Christmas time again.


I have written multiple times about the lack of race fuel that agreed with my stomach and despite thinking I had a gel, chew, etc that worked I often finished a long run wanting to curl up on the side of the road thanks to extreme belly pain. Despite running 20 marathons (#21 in less then 3 weeks) I am still dealing with this. 

A couple weeks ago I was given a few packets of Huma Gel to try and as I have yet to jump on the Chia seed trend I was skeptical and figured it was just another gel with an odd taste, strange texture and full of junk that would make me feel awful. Boy was I happy to admit I was wrong! 

Huma Gel is made from chia seeds, all natural and gluten free, yay! They come in two flavors Apples and Cinnamon and Strawberry, both a good.

Apples and Cinnamon: My first thought, "I want more, I could eat this for a snack!" I felt like I was eating real food, it tasted and had texture just like applesauce. I was out on my run trying to squeeze every last drop out of the package, this stuff was good.

Strawberry: While I love strawberries, I'm not a big fan of strawberry foods. I was happily surprised that it tasted similar to real fruit and thanks to our wonderful weather was slightly frozen and almost like a smoothie (got to look for perks of an overly extended winter, right?). 

Now the best part, I was upright and pain free my entire run! No GI issues or belly pain during or after my run. 2 gels were enough to get me through 22 miles last weekend, now I have to order more for the marathon and hope these will help get me through the last few miles where I am usually ready to scream in belly pain. My only complaints are the cost which is a little more then other gels, but well worth it, and the limited places to purchase. For me this means buying online and waiting, not great for a procrastinator like me! 

Have you tried Huma Gel? Here is your chance to win a trial pack of both flavors! 

Remember it is Day 2 of the Vegetarian Challenge, how are you doing? Remember to share those pictures, tweets and link up those recipes using #vegchallenge and tagging Jill and I so we can see how everyone is doing.

Comments

  1. LOVE anything chia seeds. never heard of this gel. I'm really bad at nutrition during races. I usually stick with a bagel and peanut butter before!
    emma @ amomrunsthistown.com

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  2. I've been using just food. Simple carbs before, banana/gatorade during, and protein and carb after.

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  3. I'm new to all the gels, goos and "beans" as fuel for a race. I've been eating a banana and hard boiled egg after and for hydration I've used coconut water. Thanks for the giveaway! ~Robin @ Outrunningtherain.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm still new to gels and would love to give it a try.

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  5. I love jelly belly sport beans, Gu, Clif Shot Bloks, and Honey Stinger chews- but the problem is none of them have longevity, so by 16 miles in, I feel like my blood sugar is spiking and crashing over and over. Eating chia beforehand seems to help, though. I actually found Huma about a week ago, and the only reason I didn't order on the spot was the price!

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  6. Great review!! I agree with your opinion...they are super yummy!

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  7. Gahhh!! That fresh snow...in April!! I would die.

    PS - 20 marathons - soon to be 21? You're my hero!

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    1. Thanks, I never thought when I ran my 1st marathon that I'd still be running this many years later!

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  8. I'm still looking for the right fuel during a long run. I'd love to try Huma Gels especially since my marathon is coming up in 5 weeks!

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  9. I've recently started using the honey stinger products, the chews and the yummy waffles. I'm gu'd out!

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  10. Guess I need to try one of these! Will check Whole Foods.

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  11. I usually like the mini Luna bars, because Gu grosses me out! This looks interesting and much better than Gu!

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  12. I use GU normally, but would love to try something like this!

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  13. I have heard such great things about Huma! I am glad they agreed with your stomach.

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  14. I have tried making my own chia gu. It is easy to make but hard to carry. I too have stomach issues that have me doubting I can ever do another marathon. SO, I would love to try these.

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  15. I honestly don't use anything I probably should though.

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  16. I usually have an english muffin with peanut butter pre race, my honey stinger gummy's during, and everything in sight after ;)

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  17. Pre run is a frozen waffle with almond butter and honey. During is usually a Clif Shot. After is Muscle Milk.

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  18. still new to the whole pre/post fuel thing.

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  19. still new to the whole pre/post fuel thing.

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  20. I love peanut butter gu! Would love to win some huma gel though!!

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  21. Hah, I love huma gel. It's my new favorite!

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  22. I like to eat a big bowl of oatmeal with bananas and chia seeds mixed in before I run, and try to avoid taking things on the run. When I do, I use gu, but it usually bothers my stomach, so would enjoy trying something else...

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    1. I get the same way with Gu but find I need something on the longer runs and would struggle with the balance between fuel and GI upset :(

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  23. I am still working on finding the right race fuel for me. So far the best has been Honey Stinger chews but I still get side aches with them. I have heard so many good things about Human but I haven't tried it yet.

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