Race Report: Grand Forks 10k + UCAN Edge Gel Review

Disclaimer: I received UCAN Edge Gels and Bars in exchange for my review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

After running my last marathon in May and with the goal marathon still months away, I have been switching up the race distances this summer. 

I ran a local 5k in June, we moved in July (talk about cardio! :), and then I ran my first (and only) 10k for this year in August - the Grand Forks 10k. Racing and training through the summer has been a great opportunity to practice pacing and also to sweat my face off in the hot, humid midwest. It's wild how our weather contrasts itself through the different seasons!

As a BibRave Pro, I have been given the opportunity to fuel with UCAN's Edge Gels and Energy Bars. I have been taking the UCAN Edge before heading into workouts this summer and eating the bars as a healthy snack. Their newest flavor - Pineapple - fits right with the summer & early fall training season! To use during the run, an Edge Gel should be consumed every 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

The UCAN Edge Gel is the first NO-sugar energy gel of its kind! This gel is powered by LIVSTEADY to keep your energy stable and doesn't need to be chased down with water for proper digestions. I tried a few different Edge Gel flavors and all sat really well with me. The consistency is lighter than the gels I am used to taking, though I found I prefer this lighter consistency! Especially in the hotter months, the flavor and texture is refreshing. 

For a little bit on the UCAN Energy Bars, these are a low-sugar and gluten-free option that are also made from UCAN's revolutionary ingredient - LIVSTEADY. These are a quick, delicious snack to help control hunger cravings and balance energy. UCAN Energy Bars are especially handy for the marathon training "Runger" (runner hunger) that can hit you right before bed! 

So let's flash back to the 10k race. I took in fuel on the way to the race but really didn't need anything during the race to cover the 6.2 miles. The goal in this 10k was to negative split and finish strong! I have a fly-and-die habit and I am working diligently to re-train that :) 

This 10k was a success! The morning was cool and a little humid but overall a great day for a run. I held back for the first 3 miles and was able to kick it a little on the way home. Finishing a race feeling strong is an amazing feeling! I did think - could I have pushed that race a little harder? - but like my coach said, you don't need to go to the well on every race. Very true! This was a great stepping stone, another brick to add to my training block and a 10k PR.

After a few cool down miles with friends and a stop at the candy store (priorities!), we were heading back home. 

So long, summer races! After that weekend, it feels like we officially jumped into "fall" and marathon training is really getting into full swing. To fuel your next PR with UCAN, take advantage of my discount code below: 

DISCOUNT ALERT: Use BIBRAVE25 for 25% off (no bundles or subscriptions) - discount is good thru 10/9/2022.


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