The calendar tells me that fall officially starts this weekend but I think it lies. We may not be hitting 100* days at the moment but it is still hot out there.
Yet the heat didn’t make me any less lazier. If I was given the option to run in the morning when it was a little cooler or in the afternoon when I would melt, I usually chose the stupider option. That said, I made it through a summer of stupid, hot running with no hydration issues and no headaches due to running in the heat.
I give credit to my watermelon Gatorade Endurance Formula and Endurance Energy Gels. It’s been a few months, I’m calling it a committed relationship. I am still in love. I don’t know how I ran without it. I now have a tub of the Endurance Formula powder at home and one at work. I tried a little travel size tupperware thing for a while but that just didn’t work for me. Then for awhile I was just carrying the one back and forth. 🤦♀️ No worries, just get another canister!
Now- you may be thinking- do you really need an Endurance Formula for a 4 mile run? When it’s 90+ outside, yes I do! I also dilute it- so a little less powder in the scoop and a little more water.👍
I admit that long run fueling is still a work in progress. I am getting better at it- the ease at which the Mango Gels go down helps- but I seriously need to a set a reminder for myself. ⏲ Every run where I actually fuel usually ends on a better note than when I don’t but I struggle with the actual remembering to do it.
I’ve also actually branched out to trying actual mango things which I never had before. I always assumed I disliked mangoes. But now I can’t remember why. So, thanks for broadening my horizons Gatorade!
Do you have a fueling plan in place or do you struggle like I do?
Fueling and I have a bit of a rocky relationship. I have a tendency to run with just water. Want to know a little secret? I ran Big Sur on zero fuel. I realized a few days before that the pack of gummies I shove in my pack every race day but never touch was actually expired. Oops! I don’t eat breakfast before races either. Part of it is because I am always concerned about my stomach acting up and part of it is that it has never seemed to hinder me.
Yet, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t missing something. So, occasionally I try to step outside my tiny box and try new things.
Ok, though- in truth- on the rare occasion that I ran with pumped up hydration- it was good ol’ Gatorade- the orange flavor is my jam. Mix a bottle with some water and that would be my “last minute” race prep. The Endurance version was new to me though and the flavor even newer. Just in time for the heat of summer, Gatorade is introducing a tasty Watermelon flavor to the Endurance line.
And tasty it is. I was actually super concerned about the taste, I Love watermelon but hate watermelon “flavored” things. No worries here! I love the taste! It does not taste like it is watermelon flavored, it just tastes like watermelon! I was hard pressed not to drink it all at once. Also, I generally run with luke warm water so I was curious what it would taste like when ice cold. The answer? Even better. I had a migraine while at work recently and I was trying to hydrate well. I had the Gatorade Endurance Formula with me at work so I figured why not? Ice cold Watermelon Gatorade Endurance was kind of amazing.
So what makes Gatorade Endurance different?
I love the taste and it makes me actually want to drink more while running. Which is great as summer has made its presence known and it’s over 95* most days in home town. That’s half my struggle right there- making myself drink the hydration when I know I should.
How about the Gels?
I am not a huge fan of gels. I normally can’t choke them down even with water which is why they have never been my fuel of choice. That is so not the case here! In fact on first taste, I wondered if I even managed to taste any it was so subtle and smooth. In fact I had, it was just so easy and the new Mango flavor was tasty, I just couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even need to drink water after it. Who knew??
As for energy- I haven’t run a real long run since San Diego. So I used the gels more as a pre-run boost. Which considering how tired I’ve been lately was probably a good idea. At first I didn’t think it was making any difference, then I noticed I was holding a 10 minute flat pace on 100* runs on my running portions without trying. These days, that’s fast for me but we’ll leave that for another post. Hey now, maybe there’s something to this fuel thing? I am looking forward to trying it on my long runs.
Ok, so some potential downsides-
If you mix the Endurance Formula powder with super cold water it tends to clump. I’ve noticed this with most drink mixes though, it’s probably why I drink mostly barely cold or room temp water.
I wish the scoop was a little smaller for smaller mouthed bottles. I made a little bit of a mess when I forgot my soft flasks and had to use a plastic water bottle one day.
Right now they are both only available to buy online or at a few specialty retailers. Ok- this actually isn’t a drawback for me- I live in tiny town, USA, so would be ordering online anyways but this could be a factor for someone else.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like the new Watermelon flavor from the Gatorade Endurance line and I am going to continue to work on my fueling with the Mango Energy Gels- I have big race goals this fall.
How do you hydrate?
Want to hear more thoughts on the new Gatorade Endurance Formula?
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I would like to say that my hydration game is strong but if I am being honest it’s been a little lacking lately. That’s not a good thing heading into marathon training. Combine that with my tendency to run my long runs/ races fasted and I was open to suggestions.
However between my already picky taste buds and extremely temperamental stomach, trying new things doesn’t always goes so well. 😯 My concern with Detach did start with the taste- I am not the biggest fan of coconut water. However, this is my year of trying to push my boundaries (that post will go up someday) so I figured why not try it?
The bottles are an adorable, little 12oz size and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It’s called Ellie-Ade– named for creator’s wife as he created the drink as a way to ensure that she was properly hydrated throughout her work outs. You can barely taste the coconut flavor and instead it’s a very subtle lemony-lime flavor. More lime, I think. Whatever it is, I like it… and that’s coming from the person who drinks water, coffee and Diet Coke. Kind of bland over here. 😛
Ok, the healthy details-
Beta-alanine commonly found in trace amounts of legumes, seaweed has been shown to improve the muscles energy production at intensity and in some studies improving 800m times by ~10s for 1 time use and ~15s after cumulative use.
Citrulline commonly found in melons is a known vasodilator, improving Nitric Oxide levels in the body. This opens up your blood vessels and improves blood flow.
Theanine – commonly found in many teas especially white and green teas. Theanine is also known as a neurotropic as it impacts feelings of positivity and focus.
All of this with only 60 calories per bottle and NO “fake” sweeteners which leave a nasty after taste.
Last but not least light refreshing citrus flavor that you will love!
Instructions: Best to take 1 bottle 30m before workout and 1 bottle during exercise. Can be mixed with other drinks as well.
Now, I was sick while testing this and my stomach was having one of it’s flare periods -yay me- so I actually only drank it before one run. Everything was making me sick. So instead, I had it post run or in my daily lunch smoothie. That one run went well but then I got nervous when I started to get sick. You know, as I type this I realize I was never sick after drinking it even if I had been sick during the run or before lunch. Ok, maybe I should have written this sooner or paid more attention over the last few weeks. Excuse me, I need to go order another case to test my new theory.
One thing I loved is that even when I felt a headache coming on post long run, a bottle of Detach would knock it out. Thank you very much, Detach. 😊
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Disclaimer: I received a Phone.Flask.Vest from Orange Mud to 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!
I have a couple of Orange Mud products- the handheld and the Transition towel. I love them both but I’ve really had my eye of their hyrdation/ gear packs. Have you seen them?? So pretty! You know runners love their gear right? Then I saw the Phone.Flask.Vest and was like- wait, what?
I mean logistically how was that going to work? Don’t get me wrong, looked awesome but that mannequin looks noticeably flat chested- I may not be Dolly Parton but I’m also not flat chested. I was confused. At the time, they weren’t any pictures of the pack on women on the site either (there are now). I was intrigued enough to want to try it.
It arrived and it was even smaller than I thought it was going to be. However there were plenty of pockets. On the front side- there was the flask packet, another pocket directly in front of that, a key pocket, and a pocket on the shoulder. The entire back was a pocket complete with an extensive shock cord. The included flask was 450ml. Which if you’re like me, I had to look that up-15oz. 😛
Getting it on was a little tricky- silly me forgot to loosen any of the straps, ha! Once I did that it just a matter of finding the right fit. Which, I am not going to lie- I have to adjust the fit every run. However, the fault for that lies purely on my abnormal upper half- most of the time I’m a Cish cup, however there are times I’m above a D cup. Yeah, it’s fun, but I guess you could say I tested the pack in a variety of ways?😛
Ok- now for the running with it part. As long as I had it tightened properly- I never had any bounce. It only moved around on one run and I think I was just too tired to get it properly situated. Either that I was freakishly small that day. One quirk about the straps is that they tighten towards the back- so to tighten it- you pull it to the back. It was a little awkward at first but then I adjusted. It’s super lightweight and I can barely feel it when it’s on.
A full flask fits perfectly in it’s pocket and it worked great but to be honest I didn’t use it much. There were a few reasons. I kept forgetting it, I was only running a few miles and didn’t need water or I needed more so I carried a handheld too. My phone was also problematic. I have Iphone 7+ and the thing is huge. It does fit in the front pocket with flask in place but it’s a very snug fit. I preferred to run without the flask and put my phone in the flask pocket. Then I kept my pepper spray and chapstick, sometimes and entire body glide in the front pocket. My inhaler went in the shoulder pocket for easy access. The only pocket I had issues with was the key pocket. It’s small- very small. But then my new car key is huge- I was bemoaning that fact while buying the car. I didn’t even have the pack yet. 😛 Instead I keep a little hook on my key and attach it to the shock cord and place it in the pocket on the back.
Not only have I run with the pack every run since I got it, it has so far stood up to my treatment of it. I am hard on gear. I have a tendency to toss things around and I expect them to be able to handle that. For example- when I run after work, I am often parked in odd locations. The only door I open is my driver side door. I won’t open any other doors or the back of the car. I don’t want to dump the sweaty pack on the passenger seat post run ( I need another transition towel!) so I slingshot it from my seat to the back of the car. With all my stuff still in it. I don’t care how it lands as long as it’s on the very back of the car. 😛 So far, this hasn’t hurt it!
So a few things that could make it better-
2 buckles. There is only one buckle on the left side. While I can now get it on and off without taking my hat or glasses off, it would be a lot easier with 2 buckles. Sometimes it’s like taking off a sweaty sports bra. I also have a small head, so this would a very snug fit for those with more of average size head. Hmmm, that sounded odd.
I’ve got a theory (it could be bunnys) While I have plenty of leftover space on the straps, I wonder about the sizing. I measured multiple times and ordered a S/M because according to the site that’s what I needed. However I’m kind of wondering if the L/XL would have made the pack itself fit even better due to my ummm, upper half. It makes me wonder if the sizing for woman should be more like S/M for those who wear A/B and L/XL for C and higher. But again that’s just a theory and not one that I could test out.
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A month or so back I posted about my struggle with fueling properly in long runs and my proclivity for headaches at the end. I was testing out new hydration choices with calories so when I had the chance to try BeachBody Performance, I jumped on it. I was open to anything. 😀
From the website-
The Science Behind Beachbody Performance
Rooted in cutting-edge sports science, exercise physiology, and nutrition research, Beachbody Performance supplements feature key ingredients that are supported by the latest peer-reviewed science, athlete input, and top players in the field of exercise physiology and nutrition.
Beachbody Performance products contain state-of-the-art ergogenic (performance-enhancing) ingredients and phytonutrients that are scientifically shown to improve energy, stamina, strength, focus, and recovery. These key ingredients are included in the formulas at their clinically established effective levels. There are no artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives.
When it arrived it was like I had hit the mother lode- so much stuff!! I felt like a kid in a candy shop. I received-
Energize- pre workout (lemon)
Hydrate- during workout (citrus)
Recover- post workout (chocolate)
Recharge- before bed (vanilla)
And a little guide, which was awesome since I felt a little out of my depth. Help me!
So let’s talk Energize. I’ve never used a pre-workout before. Never really saw the point. Poor, uneducated Slacker. I started off with a smaller serving but the first thing I noticed was that I really liked the taste- it’s very lemony. But I didn’t feel any different. Hmmm. I was expecting to feel a kick of something you know? Next time around, slightly bigger serving. Still yummy but I still didn’t feel any different. It’s when I was checking my Garmin app that I noticed something odd so I went back and checked the first run too. Well, heck check those paces- I haven’t hit those paces consistently in months. Who knew??? And it kept on delivering like that.
Moving on to Hydrate. I can barely taste the citrus flavor in this but from comments on Twitter I think I’m alone in this opinion. 😛 To me it’s lightly refreshing. I’ve run every run with it since I got it and guess what??? No long run headaches!!!! Not even after the 10 miler where I ran out water and the temp jumped 30 degrees. I expected one then but nope, all good.😀
Recover– now you are supposed to mix this with water about 30 minutes after working out but I prefer milk. I think it tastes better that way. Now Recover is designed to aid muscle recovery after a hard workout. The key ingredients are pomegranate extract and Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). They are supposed to help support recovery and promote muscle repair post hard workout. So did I feel better after? I’m not sure, it’s hard to say. I know my calves have been less tight but I also have new shoes sooooo?
Recharge– I’m not going to lie, I had the hardest time with this one. I don’t eat or drink anything other than water past a certain time due to my GI issues usually so most often it was really hard for me to remember to drink this before bed on workout days. So very hard.
So some issues I have encountered-
How the heck do you easily transport it? Since I run after work during the week, I’ve been taking the entire container of Energize and Hydrate to work on Mondays and bringing them back home on Fridays. I also took both containers to Livermore with me. Not exactly convenient. I could probably premix in water bottles but I have a tendency to lose water bottles. While I love the taste of the Recover, I do have troubles mixing it completely. Whether I mix it in the blender bottle or in a cup with a whisk I have issues. Again, that could just be me. Also, my commute gave me some issues with the time frame. Energize is recommended to be used 30 minutes before exercising. Which is great if I run from work. If run in home town and drink it on the way there, I inevitably arrive needing a restroom and hometown locks those all up. Similarly, Recover is usually later than 30 minutes post workout because of my commute. However those are issues very specific to me.
So what are my thoughts overall?
I really like the Energize and Hydrate- I will keep buying those. As for Recover and Recharge, I am still on the fence. I have quite a bit left of those though so I have more opportunities to to see if I can work out the kinks there.