Nowadays there are plenty of products that help you store your nutrition when you are running. From over-the-shoulders packs, to waistband bags, to hand-held water bottle straps, all you have to do is visit your local running shop to see a wall full of options! But sometimes you need a more minimal way to store you Gel, especially in a race when every extra ounce of weight counts.
Here are seven suggestions from the pros for ways to carry GU Energy Gel during a race or workout.
1) Let’s Start With the Obvious: Pockets
This one is pretty obvious. But we have to note that GU Energy Gel fits into nearly any pocket. Our Energy Gels can even be squeezed into the “key pocket” that comes with most shorts. The packaging is resilient, so feel free to bend, fold, and squeeze it into that pocket until you need it later. Elastic is your friend, so try to use pockets that are located near the waist band or lower back to keep your Gel packets from bouncing too much.
[Word of Warning: if you squeeze your Gel into your key pocket, maybe think about storing your key somewhere else… our packets are strong, but 10 miles next to a sharp key might cause a GU-plosion.]
2) The Pin is Mightier than the Sword
Using a safety pin to secure your GU is one of the original strategies employed by running veterans when they run out of pocket space. Here’s how you do it:
- Tuck a GU Energy Gel into your shorts, situating the Gel between your outside hip and the waistband of the shorts.
- Distribute the Gel so that two-thirds of the gels sits below the waist-band.
- Fold the top opening tab of the Gel over the top of your shorts’ waistband. (This will further secure the Gel from jostling while you run.)
- Punch the safety pin through top-tab (where there’s no Gel) and secure the safety pin to the outside of your waistband.
- Tighten your waistband to comfort, and you are good to go!