On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Running math

Let's see...

I can have all of this:

For $3.59. 18oz of peanut butter, yum. 20 cents an ounce - that's NYC prices for grocery delivery.

Or I can have this:

8 for $10.80 (or 24 for $32.40, which is the same price), which works out to $1.23 an ounce. Granted you can probably find it somewhat cheaper, but that's the price to buy direct from Gu's website.

What am I missing here? Oh, yeah, the nifty packaging. Which promptly ends up tossed to the side of the road, if New York is anything like the rest of the world.


  1. Ha! SO true. I love PB / loathe Gu. When I need to take food on a long run, I use little plastic ziplock bags (snack-sized). ;)

  2. Exactly why I've been carrying peanut butter and cheese sandwiches on my long runs. I'm cheap, I know. ;)

  3. BONUS: I'm pretty sure I'd puke while eating either of those while running.

  4. Wait, is PB Gu just plain old peanut butter? Hrmph.

  5. Depends on what you're using them for. I'd guess that Gu & other similar products are designed to be easily digested during running or other activities, & to quickly supply you with energy.

    I wouldn't try to eat regular peanut butter during a race; I bet it just sits in your gut while you're running.

    Yes, Gu wrappers end up on the side of the road; but plastic peanut butter jars sit in a landfill for 10 bazillion years. I don't see much difference in environmental impact.

  6. I am obsessive about few things but not tossing my Gu packets on the ground while running is one of them. During a race, fine...you're paying for cleanup (unless you're Gu-ing for a 5k in which case you're clearly incompetent). But geez, carry the thing until you see a trash can. It's not a whole jar of Jif.

    BTW, is the reduced fat any good? I tend to think it's PB, you live with the fat. THen again, they've added HFCS.

  7. I don't really notice a taste difference btw the reduced fat and the full fat. My roommate buys the peanut butter, though - I'm not a huge consumer of it.

    And nothing makes me more annoyed than the jackasses who toss their cups/gels/etc anywhere. Like, if you're running a 5:30 full, you can take the two seconds to be sure you're not just tossing your empty cup in the middle of the road. AT LEAST aim for the side, and personally I think it's inexcusable not to aim for a trash can.