"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Time-Release Energy Gels

At some point during the final stages of this past weekend's race, (a detailed review to be published soon), the thought occurred to me, "I am just really getting tired of sucking down these energy gels!" Don't misunderstand, I absolutely appreciate the necessary fuel and short lived burst that I benefit from following gel intake.  I also enjoy the taste and texture of most that I consume.  It's just the quantity required to carry one through the longer distances, especially on a warmer day, makes it begin to feel like too much of a good thing.

So there I was, ripping off the end of a course supplied Hammer Montana Huckleberry, (I had run out of my supply), and wondering why modern science had not yet developed the 2, 3 or 4 hour super marathon fuel.  A time-release carbohydrate pack that would provide the calories and nutrients required to go the distance. If someone could simply take all the goodness from the six or seven previously inhaled Honey Stingers and Cliff Shot Chocolate Cherry packs put down in earlier miles, and provide me with one pre-race Chocolate Honey Huckleberry, how incredible that would be!

Of course, it didn't take long before thoughts moved to some other random topic, as they sometimes tend to do when delirium sets in.  And I admit, three days removed from Wilmington, with sane thoughts and clear mind, I do sort of flinch at the idea of having some 1,500 calories of supercharged nutrition sloshing around inside as the starter's gun sounds.  So maybe science knows better than I do on the subject. But a guy can still dream.

Have a GU day.

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