Sunday, July 10, 2011

Running Question Challenge- What is your First GU Experience


What was your first experience with GU or a similar product?


Somehow while training for my first half marathon I heard about GU.  Probably from my girlfriend who was training with me and had done the research on training plans.  We drove to the store during lunch and picked up the foreign substance in the little squishy package and not only did we have to choose a flavor but choose if we wanted caffeine or not.  I can't remember if it was on a 9 or 10 mile run but we got to the top of the gradual hill we were running at the halfway point and stopped.  It was like tasting on a meal when I was 8....smelling it, squeezing the gooey substance out with a scrunched up face, licking the edge of it and making another face and then taking a mouthful. I can't say that it was pleasant but it certainly wasn't as bad as eating hot dogs and throwing them up.  Now I've tried many flavors and brands, know what size packages cut the edges of my mouth and which ones don't.  I like caffeine and dislike vanilla and still hate it when I get the sticky substance on my hands.

Tell us about your first experience with GU.  Did you like it? Do you have a favorite product?


Happy Running!

6 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Carb Boom was the first one I could tolerate (Apple Cinnamon). No I use Heed (unflavored) from Hammer Nutrition - much easier on my stomach.

lindsay said...

i think i first tried Gu brand. it was what they were handing out in a race, so i tried it. total newb!! thankfully i had no ill "side effects". the only gu flavor i've tried that i haven't liked is pineapple roctane.

Laura said...

I am finally ok with Mint Chocolate GU...but I still am not great with taking in everything I should with these. I started off with CarbBoom but not cannot tolerate them at all.

Black Knight said...

I don't know GU but I am trying to find something to eat before long efforts.

Natalia said...

I started with GU Espresso which was nice, tried Vanilla which was terrible, and finally found my idea of perfection: Chocolate Outrage. I would go for a run for that reason alone. Vive le Chocolate Outrage!

mizunogirl said...

My first "Gu" probably came after I won, yup, won an entire box of Tangerine Gu. It has double the caffeine. AND I think it tastes horrid. I had that box for almost 2 years. I gave "samples" to all my friends and fren-enemies...
I've tried a few, but am sold on Expresso Love, Vanilla Bean or Plain.