Product Review Huma Chia Energy Gel
Part of ultra training has been deciding what I’m going to eat and how often to fuel a 50 mile run. A few basic principles behind deciding what my food options will be are:
- Whole foods.
- I’m not much of a sweets eater.
- What will be provided at the fuel stations.
- Eating 200-250 calories an hour seems to be a most often referred to guideline.
- Keep in mind ease of accessibility and carry as little as possible.
I tend to eat too little and too late so I need to practice eating early and often. I actually started practicing and experimenting in January, When, What and How To Eat For Endurance, and have continued to do so with runs longer than 13 miles.
What I know with as much certainty as possible at this point is that Nuun, pretzels, Honey Stinger Waffles, peanut butter sandwiches and Huma Chia Energy Gel will be included in my foods of choice. The Peanut M&Ms are an option I’m still considering. They’re not too sweet, provide carbs and protein and are commonly provided by race organizers. The down side? It’s not vegan. My options seem limited and to be quite honest to think about eating while running 50 miles is a bit overwhelming so I’m not totally dismissing anything at this point.
You probably recognize this quote if you read Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run. I’m finding this to be more true than I ever realized. The definition of an ultramarathon,
“An eating and drinking contest, with a little exercise and scenery thrown in.”
Speaking of fueling a long run, lets talk about energy gels. I love the convenience but that is where my fondness stops…until now. Huma sent Chad and I 2 each of their Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon Chia Energy Gels to try. As soon as I read 100% all natural and made with chia I was looking forward to trying them as an ultra option for energy.
The idea for Hüma was born in the sands of Iraq. In the summer of 2009 a US Army soldier named 1st Lieutenant McCollum was charged with leading grueling missions throughout Iraq. At the time he was reading a book about the Tarahumara, a tribe of Mexican Indians who regularly compete in epic 100+ mile races as part of their culture. To fuel themselves on these ultramarathons, they use a special chia seed blend. He figured if it worked for them in Mexico, maybe it would work for him in Iraq.
Chad and I will be using Huma Chia Energy Gels to train and run 50 miles. The taste and texture are more like pureed food than a thick overly sweet gel. It’s 100% real fruit with no preservatives and it’s easy on the stomach. The fact that it is made with Chia, an endurance superfood, is a bonus.
Huma provided the product free of charge and all opinions expressed are my own.
What do you eat while running? Do you have a favorite energy gel? Are you training for a race?