It’s Friday, so that means I’m linking up for Friday Five 2.0 with Rachel from Running on Happy and Lacey and Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness. Today’s topic is running and fitness fuel/hydration products.
Before I started training for the Chicago Marathon, I knew I wanted to experiment with a few different fueling and hydration options while training. Nothing was necessarily wrong with the products I was currently using, but I wanted to if other products might work better for me. As I’m currently in week 13 of training, I’ve had a lot of time to try a few different products. Here are a few of my favorites!
Big thanks to Wendy for introducing me to this product! The most important feature for me is that Tailwind is complete nutrition – fuel, hydration, and electrolytes – all wrapped up into one. No need for gels or chews with this product. It dissolves very quickly and I enjoyed all of the flavors I sampled. My favorite flavor is green tea and as a bonus, it contains caffeine. The product is gluten free and vegan and it was very easy on my stomach. I tried the stick packs and ended up drinking a little bit before my long run, and then taking sips at every mile. I ran out of Tailwind during one of my long runs, so you may need more than one stick pack for a marathon.
I have to say thank you to Rachel for sending me a few of these gels earlier this summer! I’m a huge fan of chia seeds so I was very excited to try these gels. These gels have ground chia seeds which provide a steady release of energy. I usually take in a gel slowly over a 10 minute period.
I first tried Run Gum last year and loved it. Run Gum is caffeinated gum that is sugar and gluten free and has zero calories. This past weekend I spent the first few miles of my long run chewing on the gum and I think it really gave me a nice boost, especially at 5:30 in the morning, lol. I’ve also popped a piece of this gum in the middle of a run and it was a complete lifesaver! The heat and humidity can really suck all of my energy, so I’m always appreciative of anything that will give me a boost of energy.
I’ve been a fan of honey stinger products for a few years. Their waffles are great to eat pre-run. Their gels and chews are great to have during a run as well. I’ve actually used their chews to power through hard spinning classes as well. Many of their gels and chews are organic, gluten and dairy free.
Nuun is packed with electrolytes and uses clean ingredients. In full disclosure I noticed that last year my stomach was not loving Nuun for some reason. After some trial and error, I noticed that some of the flavors work better for my stomach than others. Watermelon, strawberry lemonade and fruit punch seem to be the current winners. Nuun tablets dissolve pretty quickly and the flavors that I like aren’t overly sweet, so the taste is great! I’m also a huge fan of their Nuun Vitamins and Performance products as well.
What are your favorite running fuel and hydration products?