I, like many runners, have always loved the concept of Nuun: a tab you dissolve in your water that gives you all the electrolytes you need without all the sugar, carbs and calories that are in Gatorade or other sports drinks. But the reality of Nuun can be summed up in this picture:
I have never met a Gu I truly liked, and certainly there has never been one that I would even consider eating outside of running and racing. Heck, I often look for ways to fuel during runs and races that don’t involve the sticky, overpowering and thick, fake taste that is Gu Gels. I have tried other brands with much the same result.
But! Recently I had the opportunity to try Huma Chia Energy Gels, and I absolutely love the taste. So far my favorite flavor is cinnamon apple. And I am happy to report that these gels contain the same carb content and electrolyte profile to Gu and similar gels. Here are some pictures to compare as well as the company site for Huma.
I feel like there is just no beating the Triangle area when it comes to running routes, and the following photo tour is my absolute favorite in this area. It has a little of everything: road, trail, bridle path, greenway, lakes, creeks, hills, and plenty of water and bathrooms stops along the way. A runner cannot ask for a better route!
The weather really fluctuates during final months of fall season training into winter and then emerging out into spring again. Living in North Carolina, you often need to have clothes for runs that drop into the low 20s and below and then, the very next week, find yourself searching for gear that will be suitable for 35-50 degrees.
Here are my top picks for these unpredictable running seasons!
Just in time for Christmas.
The Black Creek Greenway is my current favorite greenway to run on in the Wake County, NC area (otherwise known as the Triangle because of the three cities here: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). This greenway stretches about 8 miles and includes multiple public parkings areas, various connections to other trails and parks, access to water, and even a Starbucks in case you need a little shot of caffeine to make it home.
This greenway begins at Bond Park in Cary, North Carolina and ends at Umstead Park just beyond Crabtree Lake at the Old Reedy Creek trailhead.