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GU Energy Labs Energy Gel® Vanilla Bean -- 24 Packets

GU Energy Labs Energy Gel® Vanilla Bean
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GU Energy Labs Energy Gel® Vanilla Bean -- 24 Packets

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GU Energy Labs Energy Gel® Vanilla Bean Description

  • Naturally Flavored Performance Food
  • 450mg Amino Acids per serving
  • 20mg Caffeine per serving
  • 60mg Sodium per serving
  • 24- 1.1oz. (32g) Packets

GU Energy Gel®

When: Training  Racing

Created for daily training and competition, GU Energy Gel packs energy-dense calories in a portable packet to help sustain energy demands of any duration or activity. The 100-calorie packet contains carbohydrates (maltodextrin and fructose) that use non-competing pathways to help maximize carbohydrate absorption and utilization while diminishing stomach distress.  The primary electrolyte (sodium) aids in hydration by maintaining water balance. The branched-chain amino acids (leucine, valine, isoleucine) may reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage.


Hydration • Energy • Recovery

Our athlete-tested Nutrition Matrix is designed to help you perform your best. Our products help you hydrate, energize, and recover optimally before, during, and after demanding endurance activities. Discover your potential with True Performance Nutrition.


Electrolytes - Maintain water balance and aid in optimum hydration

Carbohydrates - Deliver ready-to-use energy and delay bonking by sparing glycogen.

Amino Acids - Reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage.

Caffeine- Enhances performance by increasing focus and concentration and decreasing perceived effort during exercise.


How to GU Properly:
Consume one packet 5 minutes before and one packet every 45 minutes during activity


5 Before every 45 and hydrate along the way

Wash down with your favorite Hydration drink or water for optimum absorption.



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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Packet
Servings per Container: 24
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
   Calories from Fat0*
Total Fat0 g0%
   Saturated Fat0 g0%
   Trans Fat0 g*
Sodium60 mg3%
Potassium40 mg1%
Total Carbohydrate22 g7%
   Sugars7 g*
Protein0 g*
Vitamin A0%
Vitamin C0%
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Maltodextrin, water, fructose, leucine, potassium citrate, sodium citrate, citric acid, calcium carbonate, valine, sea salt, natural flavor, green tea (leaf) extract, (contains caffeine), gellan gum, isoleucine, sunflower oil, sodium benzoate (preservative), potassium sorbate (preservative).
The product packaging you receive may contain additional details or may differ from what is shown on our website. We recommend that you reference the complete information included with your product before consumption and do not rely solely on the details shown on this page. For more information, please see our full disclaimer.
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Running for Beginners: Your Get-Started Guide

Weight loss, increased bone density, stress relief, stronger legs and an improved cardiovascular system are just some of the benefits you’ll gain by running. And if you’re not already a weekend warrior, fall is the best time to start. With its crisp air and colorful canvas, it’s a runner’s paradise. Plus, it’s the heart of racing season, so there will be plenty of 5Ks to give you something to work toward.

Woman Learning How to Start Running Trying Shoe on Park Bench Surrounded by Fall Leaves |

In case you need any more reasons to hit the road, we’ve created this running for beginner’s guide that includes an eight-week running plan. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Gear Up


The biggest investment you’ll make is in a good pair of running shoes. Sorry, but “tennis shoes” won’t work for this sport. Go to a local running-shoe-specific store and have their knowledgeable staff properly fit you for shoes. They may even put you on a treadmill to watch your stride and better assess your needs.


While you’re there and have their attention, ask about socks. Socks are just as important, as they can create friction. Friction leads to blisters. This can easily be avoided, though, with a pair of socks that fit your new shoes. You’ll know they’re the perfect match if they provide cushion and actually prevent irritation.

Sports bra

Ladies, you’ll definitely need a few sports bras if you don’t already own one. A sports bra for running should be supportive and made with fabric that wicks away sweat to keep you dry.


A basic digital sports watch is practical if you plan on running intervals and just want to time yourself. However, a GPS-enabled watch will track your time, pace and distance – and display all of those stats on one screen. Initially, you’ll just be focused on running or time and increase the duration of your running workouts week by week. Once you’re feeling strong enough, you’ll start setting mileage goals. That’s when you’ll need a GPS-enabled runner’s watch.

Start running

Now that you’re all geared it, you’re ready to run! Remember, this is a new activity, which means your body will need a little time to adjust. So resist the urge to head out and just start running. As excited as you are, this should be a gradual buildup to help prevent the onset of injury. Here’s what we suggest:

Begin with a 20- to 30-minute run/walk program on three, non-consecutive days a week, and then work up to five days.

Before each workout, do a five-minute walk to warm up. Once your muscles feel warm and loose, run at an easy pace and alternate with a steady walk. After your run/walk session, cool down for at least five minutes. Never make a hard stop when you finish a heart-pumping workout. Let your heart rate come down slowly.

Running for Beginners: An 8-Week Workout Schedule

Week 1: run 2 minutes/walk 3 minutes and repeat 6 times

Week 2: run 3 minutes/walk 2 minutes and repeat 6 times

Week 3: run 4 minutes/walk 2 minutes and repeat 5 times

Week 4: run 5 minutes/walk 3 minutes and repeat 5 times

Week 5: run 7 minutes/walk 3 minutes and repeat 3 times

Week 6: run 8 minutes/walk 2 minutes and repeat 3 times

Weeks 7 & 8: run 9 minutes/walk 1 minute and repeat 3 times

Watch your running form

Good form while running is just as important as having good form in the gym. This will help you prevent injury and get the most out of your workout. So be sure you’re checking in with yourself during your run and make sure you’re following these guidelines:

  • Shoulders are relaxed, head and chin are up and eyes are looking straight ahead
  • Torso is upright as if you’re trying to stick out your chest; in other words, run “proper”
  • Elbows are relaxed and close to your body at a 90-degree angle; hands stay relaxed, like you’re holding a hard-boiled egg – no clenched fists!
  • Feet land lightly with quick, short strides; strike the ground with your midfoot and push off with the ball of your foot

Treat common running ailments

Side stitches

Side stitches are common with all runners – beginners and veterans, alike. That said, you can help prevent them by avoiding solid foods before your run and always staying hydrated. If a side stitch still happens, slow down your pace and exhale long and hard.

Muscle cramps

Beginner runners are vulnerable to muscle cramps, especially if you haven’t established a healthy hydration balance. Make sure you’re getting the right vitamins for leg cramps through smart snacks and electrolytes.

Muscle soreness

Expect your body to feel sore after starting a new exercise regimen. Your quads and calves will be a little sore in the beginning, but this can easily be treated with stretching and post-workout recovery supplements. Make sure to incorporate hip flexor, quad, hamstring and calf stretches, plus foam rolling. Drinking a protein shake that includes branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) can also help repair and replenish muscle tissue.

Bonus running tips

  • Find a local 5K race and set a realistic finish time for yourself.
  • Recruit a friend as a running partner. It’s fun to run with someone and keeps you accountable.
  • Add hill runs after a few weeks of training.
  • For safety, run AGAINST the flow of traffic when you’re on the road.
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