Happy Tuesday, all! In case you missed my first Fuel Review post, I’m planning to do a series on various long run nutrition options I’ve tried leading up to my half marathon. Eating while racing can be tricky for many runners, and since I’m a beginner, I really wanted to be cautious and make sure that when I cross the starting line in June, I have fuel that will energize me but not cause me to puke.
This week’s fuel of choice was Jelly Belly Sports Beans. I chose the “Berry” flavor.
What Are They?
Basically, they’re jelly beans. They look like jelly beans, and taste like jelly beans. But they also contain carbohydrates, electrolytes, and vitamins B and C.
From the Sport Beans website:
- Carbohydrates to fuel your body during intense activity
- Electrolytes (sodium and potassium) vital for maintaining fluid balance
- Vitamins B1, B2, & B3 to help burn carbohydrates and fat
- Vitamin C to protect muscles and cells against oxidative damage
The directions say you should fuel up with Sport Beans 30 minutes prior to exercise, and then as needed during exercise. I ate half the package at about 4 miles into my 9 mile run, and the rest at about 6 miles in. Once again, I was at locations in my run where I was close to various bathroom options in case I had GI issues.
- The Berry flavor tastes awesome
- They gave me a noticeable energy boost, though not as good as the GU (which contained caffeine)
- Resealable, easy-to-open package
- No noticeable GI side-effects
- Holding onto a handful of jelly beans while trying to eat them and run is hard
- Pretty difficult to chew and swallow while running
I would definitely use Sport Beans again. It’s awesome that they didn’t mess with my stomach at all, and the excellent flavor is a huge bonus, although I do wish they had a little caffeine in them for an extra boost.
Have you ever tried Sport Beans? What flavor is your favorite?