Energy gels are something you need to become familiar with, especially if you are a runner.
The RooSport is a new innovative product especially useful for carrying your energy gels. If you would like an easy way to access your gels without turning, unzipping or shuffling, read on…Let’s take a minute and review energy gels, what they are, and when to use them. And then last but not least, the Number One Best way to carry them!
In the beginning sports enthusiasts used energy drinks for their fuel and fluid needs. Gatorade was developed in the late 1960’s. It became wildly popular as a way to consume a mixture of fluid and fuel. It has been shown to be helpful when doing athletic activities, but was not always convenient to take on a long run. The human body absorbs between 60-90 grams of carbohydrates per hour during exercise. While sports drinks also contain carbohydrates, consuming enough drink to get the amount of carbohydrates you need, you would have to drink between 90-150 oz. of sports drink before crossing the finish line. (The average runner tales 4 ½ hours to complete the 26.2 mile distance. 2010 data from Running USA). You would have to drink 24 oz. of sports drink at each water stop. That’s a lot to drink! Although sports drinks were helpful for endurance activities some of these drawbacks drove the need for an alternative source of fuel.
A short time later in the 1980’s energy bars were introduced. While these also offered a certain appeal, using them in extreme temperatures became a problem. They would freeze in the winter and become sticky in hotter climates. They can also be difficult to consume during intense activity, and absorb more slowly.
Several years later Energy Gels arrived on the scene. Energy gels are a great source of concentrated carbohydrates, sometimes called carbohydrate gels. The first Energy Gel, Leppin Squeezy, was introduced in the mid 1980’s and was co-developed by Dr. Tim Noakes, and exercise physiology professor in Cape Town, South Africa, and Bruce Fordyce, 9 time winner of the Comrades Ultra Marathon. Several years later a major player in Energy Gels, GU Energy Gel came out with the first commercial energy gel. GU is probably the most recognized player in the energy gel market. This concentrated form of carbohydrates became instantly popular as a way to fuel on the run. Each gel contains approximately 100 calories, and between 20 to 30 grams of carbohydrates.
How much gel you need depends on your size and how far you’re running. As a general rule, you’ll benefit from 30—60g (about 2 gels) per hour in a long run of two hours or more. Some of the newer gels contain a mix of protein and carbohydrates, and even caffeine. They come in a variety of flavors and textures. Some also contain vitamins, and electrolytes. Cliff shots, Hammer gels, Honey stingers, and Island boost are a few other brands of Energy Gels.
I have personally used Energy Gels on my Marathons and Half Marathons and have found them to be very useful. They have prolonged my energy when I have needed it the most. I also have experienced an upset stomach normally toward the end of my marathon when using the gels. Upon researching this and talking to runners every week, this is common. Because they are so concentrated, they must be consumed with water so that they digest properly. Sometimes if you do not drink enough water with them you may experience the GI distress. I seem to do better if I take just ½ at a time. I may not be drinking enough with them and am going to experiment with this. Last week at a half marathon event I ended up using the sports beans, another new energy product, and found that taking them towards the end of my run made me a little nauseated. I think anything at that point upsets my stomach even fruit, because I am exerting and towards the end
Energy gels are great to use if you are a long-distance runner, triathelete, or ultra marathoner. The RooSport has revolutionized the way in which you can access your energy gels, cliff shots, gu, or hammer gels, without twisting, turning, or unzipping!
The RooSport is the first patent-pending magnetic pocket on the market. It was created as a way to carry more than the conventional pocket in most running gear will allow you to carry. It is basically a large pocket that attaches securely to any waistband by the use of powerful magnets. It then gives you the ability to have room to carry what you need on those long runs, short runs, walks, bike rides, and a variety of other activities.
One of its most popular uses is for carrying energy gels. When using it for this purpose you place the energy gels in the main pocket, with the gels standing straight up. (as pictured). Then, when you place the pocket inside your shorts and attach it to your shorts with the magnetic flap, the tabs of the gels are sticking up and ready for you to pull the tab and grab the energy gel with no effort whatsoever!
I have personally run many marathons and have carried the energy gels in my sports bra. This is great if you want to look like a cat scratched you for a week after your run! I have seen people on the race course have to stop and take the time to unzip or twist and turn to access their energy gels. This is time consuming and frustrating. When using the RooSport you literally have the tabs of your energy gels at your fingertips.
It is so easy to just grab the tab and pull them out when you are running. No more losing your gels on runs, and they are accessible at your fingertips. Your energy gels don’t bounce out, or move. The RooSport can hold 6+ energy gels in the main pocket. It has improved my times on my runs because when I feel like it’s time to have a gel, I just reach down and feel the tip of the gel and grab it out. I don’t even have to stop. I have also used it for Sports Beans or chomps (just cut off the top of the bag and set it down inside the pocket.)
When using the chews I cut the long tube of six chews in half and stand them up just like the energy gels and then can just pinch them out as I go. Occasionally I cut up energy bars and take them along with me. You will love how easy it is to use.
One of my favorite things to do is talk with runners at the race expos. I have heard some very creative ways of carrying energy gels. Here are a few:
I’m sure there are many ways of carrying energy gels that I have yet to hear. But, eventually, once everyone I talk to starts using The RooSport, I’ll never hear of these inefficient carrying methods again!
With the RooSport you eliminate the need for all of the above methods and carrying your energy gels and gus has never been easier.
We tease our customers and runners that the RooSport can make you run faster. Well it Can!
By allowing you to access your sports gels, energy gels, gus, or anything else that you need without even having to break your stride, you’ll literally have a faster time.
The RooSport is a wonderful new product.
Try one out and start carrying your energy gels the right way.
It will change your running experience!Back To News