Honey, You’re In the News

by Joanne on June 20, 2012

The rain began falling around 7:45 am but I beat it.  It was a warm 62 degrees, my legs started out heavy but then kicked in more quickly than usual.  The hills seemed challenging  but when I looked at my time, they didn’t really make a difference to my pace.

I ran alone. Shane was with Ted enjoying a day off.  It seems I run faster without Shane so on those days when pace control is important, it might be best to get Shane out the door and running along. I love his company anyway. 

I did have stomach issues this morning which might have been due to a tofu lunch yesterday or a mixed bean and vegetable casserole last night.  I haven’t been taking anything to fuel my runs which are under 90 minutes lately but did have 1/2 a banana this morning.  Could it have been a BAD BANANA?! 

bad banana

Hmmmm….doubtful.  I think it was BAD BEANS… or Mr. Bean?!

bad Mr. Bean

A lot of runners and ultra runners get stomach issues during endurance events.  This is sometimes due to the type of sugars ingested to fuel the activity.  Sports drinks and gels containing fructose as the main sugar source is a prime culprit.

There is one sugar boasting pure, all natural, (although not vegan friendly) and is much better than jelly beans, hard corn syrup based candies and the like. It’s HONEY! and now it comes in an athlete friendly “gel” pak.

honey pax

An article in Nutritional Outlook, May issue reported that the founder of HoneyPax was making honey more accessible to be consumed most anywhere, even on the trails. 

HoneyPax uses Tupelo honey, an “elite” honey from Tupelo gum trees in Apalachicola, Florida. 

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This particular honey has a very high fructose to glucose ratio so crystallization is delayed.  It’s also absorbed quickly by the body giving you an almost instant energy boost. Perfect for those final miles when you want to give it all you’ve got in the home stretch.

Every pak is traceable back to the hive

bees-on-box

and the pak is made from 100% post consumer recycled kraft paperboard.

honeypax

Look out honey stingers! There’s competition a foot!

honeystinger gel

Honey stingers are a blend of organic tapioca syrup, organic honey and electrolytes.

What type of sugar is in your favorite running fuel?

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3 Comments

  • At 2012.06.20 08:54, Alison said:

    Huh – I never would have thought about straight honey but it makes so much sense when you think about it. I had been looking at the honey stingers on Amazon for a while now thinking they might be good when I start covering longer distances walking. Now I need to look into the honey packs. Good idea.
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    • At 2012.06.20 12:29, Heather said:

      I’m a honey stinger girl. Love them!

      • At 2012.06.21 06:31, Kris @ www.kris-lawrence.com said:

        Love the honey packet idea. I’ve done that before in a pinch and it works wonderfully.

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