I will sometimes do the gu with out water. I usually eat the chocolate outrage and find they taste like a chocolate bar. I don't eat much chocolate so I really kind of look forward to them. I think your going to have to try it and find out for yourself. We are all an experiement of one.
+ 1. I love the Chocolate Outrage GU. They are like a little treat during my run.
Oct. 13 - Towpath Marathon
Chocolate and Coffee are my preferred GU.
I have taken them without water, but it sure helps to have a little to wash the residue down.
I ran two marathons without gels but will try them for my next one. The one thing I will not do though is try a gel with caffeine. I tried that during a training run and that crap jacked me up...in a bad way!
"You see an agent, you do what we do. Run. You run your ass off!"
Cypher to Neo - The Matrix
Water is not mandatory for me, but helps to wash them down and to wash off the gu that you ended up wearing tearing the package open. I use water or recently, Skratch labs mix (about the only sports mix I've found that I want to drink more of).
PR: 5K: 28:01 (2/10/13)
Run Your Heart Out 5K 2/10 (Reston, VA)
Reston 10 Miler 3/3
Runner's Half Marathon (Reston VA) 3/24
I've never taken them with water yet, not much affects my stomach - if it is true that they take up much water, then maybe I'll just take an extra cup as I go then to chug afterwards.
5k - 17:59; 10k - 37:30; HM - 1:21:59; FM - 2:59:59
I've taken gels without water and when I take one I usually take a sip of water only. Sometimes the next water station is more than a mile away so I just eat it and drink water when I can.
DamarisMarathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
PRs: 24:57 (5K); 51:25 (10K); 42:46 (5 Miles); 2:04:31 (HM); 4:34:09 (Marathon); 8:00 (Trail 50K)
Next: San Francisco Marathon * Chicago Marathon * MCM * Ft. Myers Beach Marathon * Philadelphia Marathon * Space Coast Marathon * WPB Marathon
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