Spring Energy Running Gels Review – No More GI Issues

Fuelling a run is important, as they say what you put in you get out. I believe in practising what I race and that extends to food. Finding Spring Energy running gels – a natural energy gel for runners – has helped me no end.

I used to suffer from stomach problems and GI issues, conventional energy gels reeked havoc on my tummy. Spring Energy is the only, all natural running gel I have tried which agrees with my stomach. Now I enjoy racing and training without the added stress of unpredictable fuel.

Using Spring Energy I won my last trail marathon knocking 50 minutes off last years time. I used real food previously, which was great but slowed me down. Running fast diverts blood from the stomach to your muscles, heavier fuel requires more blood flow where you don’t want it. Spring Energy is the best of both worlds, natural energy thats light and easy to digest.

The real beauty of Spring Energy is their all natural ingredients. I can practise my fuelling plan each weekend, without worrying about my health. Conventional energy gels aren’t exactly an Athlete’s diet, lets be honest.

Fuelling a long run on sugary gels, every week, is less than ideal with their potential GI issues and long term health risks. Spring Energy gels, made with real rice, banana, honey and other natural ingredients are a great alternative.

How many Spring energy gels should I take an hour?

It can vary on weight, output and the individual. I aim for 250 calories per hour when racing. The Spring energy Hill aid (my favourite) is 100 calories per gel, so one every 20 minutes would be ideal. I used this approach when winning the Hardmoors Wainstones marathon recently and never felt short of energy.

Which Spring Energy gels should I use when?

The best approach is to use long haul throughout the early stages of a race. Use the Hill Aid before those long uphill efforts and the Power Rush for a fast finish or when hitting the wall. I personally use the Hill aid throughout regardless of distance then towards the end of a race switch to Power Rush.

Both products, despite their names provide a steady drip of energy. You shouldn’t experience a spike in energy levels followed by the dreaded crash.

Conventional gels don’t agree with my stomach, will I have issues with Spring Energy gels?

I can only speak from experience and I used to hate conventional running gels. I found them sickly, unpredictable and struggled to get even one down.

For me, Spring Energy gels have been easy on the stomach running at any pace. They were easy to get down and I recently managed 3 per hour for four hours during my last race. I could have stomached more, which for me is a minor miracle.

Are Spring Energy Running Gels Value For Money?

I was hesitant placing my first order. At more than £2 a gel these aren’t exactly cheap, but consider the benefits. No stomach problems, slow release energy and a product you can train with, not just race with.

I think Spring Energy is good value for money, its transformed the way I race and given me the freedom to run fast, worry free and thats worth a lot in my book.

Do Spring Energy Have A UK Based Distributor, where can I buy them?

No, not yet but you can still purchase the product hassle free. My most recent order arrived within 5 working days and the haulage to ship was just €3. I would suggest opening a Paypal account to make the payment process easier. You can purchase Spring Energy running gels from their website. Still on the fence, but need a GI friendly fuel option? Drop me a line, I’d be happy to answer any questions.

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Darren Smith

Training with purpose since October 2016 Darren has gone from trailing the pack to winning local races and the times keep on falling. A true believer in hard work over natural talent he writes to help others realise their true potential. Darren's race schedule for 2018 includes the Hardmoors Wainstones marathon (1st place), Keswick Mountain Festival (10th place), Scafell Skyrace and Salomon Ring Of Steall (World Championship race.)

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