Many athletes are gearing up for spring races. When training runs extend beyond the hour mark, it's time to consider an alternative source of fuel. The beverage, Gu, beans, bloks or gel you practice with, should be the same ones you race with. If you decide to carry a fuel belt, the choice is yours and the options are endless. However, if you decide to use the product furnished by the race, its best to go to the website and mirror their products and timing. For example, Grand Rapids, Michigan, hosts a great 25K each May. The http://www.53riverbankrun.com/ aid stations are set up every 1.5 miles with Gatorade and water. Gu is handed out at miles 6 and 12. Runners should train for this event by drinking Gatorade at regular intervals, and by taking Gu at mile 6, and eventually 12 once their practice mileage increases to cover the full race course. Train with, what you'll race with.
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