It is critical to nail down a fueling strategy so you stay energized and can break through walls on race day. But don’t get nervous if you have yet to think about fuel! Many first-time marathoners, and even seasoned runners, struggle with nailing down what to eat in order to make it through long training runs and races.
Determining your best strategy can take some trial and error. You may need to try out different forms of fuel—
gels, blocks, beans, chews, bars, etc.—
and different brands, flavors and amounts before you find your fit. Whether you’re new to the fueling game or looking to prepare for your race on May 5, 2019, we suggest trying out products from Honey Stinger
, the Official Energy Sponsor and On-Course Gel of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon since 2016.
We will be serving Honey Stinger gels at three stations on race day—
at mile 9.8 on the UPMC Health Plan Half Marathon course, along with miles 12.5 and 20.6 on the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon course—
and encourage all of our participants to train with what will be on course!
What’s the buzz about Honey Stinger you ask? They offer fuel for every activity and a variety of products to energize you BEFORE your run, help muscles remain nourished DURING your run, and refuel and restore to improve recovery time AFTER your run. Here’s why everyone is buzzing about Honey Stinger:
Utilizing an ingredient engineered by nature as opposed to in a laboratory has its benefits, like higher quality and no additional flavoring or coloring. Honey Stinger uses honey, a natural form of energy and antioxidants, as the main carbohydrate source for all products.
Honey Stinger believes the less you mess with Mother Nature, the better. That’s why Honey Stinger uses organic ingredients whenever possible to formulate, source and process its products using non-GMO ingredients.
Research in endurance athletes has proven that a mixture of carbohydrates is better tolerated by the body, prevents fatigue and enhances performance more than a single carbohydrate form. Honey is considered a combination of carbohydrates, containing the natural sugars fructose and glucose that work together to be quickly and easily digested.
Additionally, honey’s low glycemic properties have been scientifically proven to increase athletic performance by providing a sustained energy boost that allows blood sugar levels to remain constant throughout activity without a high insulin spike and crash.
If you find that Honey Stinger products work for you, then stick with them throughout your training and on race day. Remember, once you figure out fuel works best—
brand, form, flavor and amount—
remember to write it down so there will be no question of what did or didn’t work for you when you go for your next long run.