Are you running the Chicago Marathon on October 13? If yes, you are deep into training. Or are you not deep into training? (If that's the case, we have some bad news for you and your body.)
Look, the worst part of long distance running is finding palatable ways to refuel on the go. The sports industry has ballooned in recent years to fill the need for quick and pocketable energy boosts. In addition to the tried and true electrolyte-laden drinks, there are jelly beans, bars, chews, gummy bears and—oddly, most popular of all—viscous goos that look like lubricant. The proliferation of energy gels is overwhelming. You can choose from dozens of flavors that emulate breakfast and dessert, flavors like "Chocolate Outrage" and "Montana Huckleberry."
Frankly, we prefer to suck the filling from a Hostess pie as we jog (with some of these energy gels, there is seemingly little difference). But since that is "frowned upon" by die-hard marathoners, our staff ripped open pouches of popular energy gels and gave them a taste test. You're not supposed to care about texture and flavor when squirting raw materials down your throat during a marathon, but who says you can't?
Check out the results of our taste test below.
Energy Gel Taste Test slideshow
Clif Shot: Mocha
Brent DiCrescenzo (BD): "It looks like an oil spill."
Laura Pearson (LP): "Ah! Too bitter. I'm definitely tasting some oil notes."