I finally found the GU Salted Caramel flavor last week at CitySports that I’ve read such great things. I was pretty excited to have a break from the Accel gels and try out this flavor on our long run this past Saturday. The Accel gels were my first and really only experience with energy gels. I’ve tried out energy chews and waffle cookies during long runs but only Accel for the gel-style. Accel was/is the gel given out during the Richmond Marathon so that’s why Matt, Mike and I decided to train with that brand last year. Although it took a little getting used to, the Accel gels go down pretty easily and taste pretty good (disclaimer: I’ve only had the chocolate and vanilla flavors). Accel is tricky to find in stores so we usually order a big box from amazon.com.
GU, on the other hand, is pretty easy to find in running and sporting goods stores.
Although the consistency was VERY different from Accel, the flavor was actually really good. The thick, gummy-like consistency was tough for me to get down, especially being used to Accel’s very liquid-y consistency.
The GU felt like it filled my whole mouth and was sticking to my teeth, like a caramel candy would. I drank much more water with it than I’d typically drink with an Accel gel – probably a good thing though since you’re supposed to drink quite a bit of water with the gels.
Pretty tasty, if you can get past the consistency. I think now that I know what to expect I’d enjoy the Salted Caramel GU more next time. It’s always hard to get used to gel, even the Accel gel at first. I did notice a big increase in energy after about 10 minutes of having the GU. My concern would be taking the GU while running. I like how easy it is to throw back the liquid-y Accel gels. Since this is thicker, I feel like I’d need to stop to take it. I think I’ll give this another shot and try it out while actually running (I stopped to take it on Saturday). I’m also interested to try the other new flavors like Root Beer and Salted Watermelon.