Friday Favorites: GU

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Happy Friday! It is a BEAUTIFUL sunny 69 degree day here! I am about to go sit outside and enjoy it while I can! But first, my Friday favorites post for the week, GU! I love this stuff, and it’s all I use to fuel during my runs (besides Gatorade and water of course.) I will admit when I first started eating Gu, it took me awhile to get used to it. I prefer this to shot blocks or chewy fuels because I don’t like to chew and run, and the chewy kind always get stuck in my teeth and it drives me crazy!

They are compact and easy to carry, and the best part is, they come in a rainbow of flavors for your enjoyment. (My favorite being vanilla bean and gingerbread!) Also, occasionally the lovely people at Gu will release a new limited time flavor (like island nectar, tastes like a pineapple fruity drink!) I actually enjoy when it’s time to take fuel, because these babies taste like candy! Sometimes they can get thick in your mouth (make sure you chase with water/gatorade.) I take one about every 4-5 miles and they give almost instant energy! (Don’t give these to your already hyper children. It would not end well!)

Gu all ready with my other gear on race day.


Go check out their website and look at all the flavors! They even sell a sample pack if you aren’t sure what flavor you will like. (They just came out with a new flavor, cherry lime!) You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter from their webpage. They even have a  nutrition facts page!

I know some people are/were hesitant to try GU at first *cough*Jen*cough* but now are believers. You can buy individual packets from your local running or sports store if you don’t want to buy a 6 pack in case you aren’t crazy about the flavor (or you can just mail them to me!)

QOTD: What is your favorite fuel/flavor?

I am off to enjoy my afternoon, but though I would leave you with a few pictures!




The above dessert was some sort of boston crème pie…SO GOOD!

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  1. Haha! I resisted Gu for a long time b/c of the consistency. Then I became obsessed with it and loved my “little pack of icing”. Though if I’m being honest, the last time it did not sit well in my stomach. But I’m clearly a poor example!

  2. what beautiful photos! i’m a big fan of GU as well.

  3. I’m a big GU fan — love Vanilla Bean and the new Watermelon Chomps are also becoming a favorite!

  4. I love GU! It’s my favorite! :0) That boston cream pie thing looks amazing! Is that at 50’s?

  5. I’m still getting used to GU, but they aren’t too bad. The Strawberry Banana flavor is pretty good- at least to me! 😀

  6. I tried a couple GU’s when I ran my marathon. I was a bit nervous because when I trained I hadn’t used any fuel, but during the race there didn’t upset my tummy at all. Plus the taste was pretty good!

  7. Funny you posted this.. I was just in my local store getting fuel for long runs.. Im new to fueling.. Havent had a need for it yet. I got some sport beans and GU.. I only got 2 as Im not sure how I will tolerate the texture but everybody seems to rave about them.

    Im actually looking forward to trying them out on a long run (maybe tomorrow!)

    • I almost forgot! I saw the comment about the camera. So sorry!! My camera (one and only) is a little bulky.. I was wanting to get something smaller for running with.. I was thinking maybe a small Nikon

      • I loved my sony cybershot until it died, about the size of an iphone just a little thicker. also had a wrist strap so i wouldnt drop it!

    • good luck! I like the vanilla b/c its a more “tame” flavor, and I like tri berry and strawberry banana, a little more mild than some!

  8. I was SO anti Gu for a long time. The flavor wasn’t bad but the consistency was pretty gross. Then I was convinced to eat them during the full and it made SUCH a difference! The Mint Chocolate is my favorite. Unfortunately it’s only seasonal I think! 🙁

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