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If you’ve been following my Instagram feed and/or Twitter feed recently, you’ll know I’ve been using Gatorade Endurance formula and energy gels in my training runs. Gatorade Endurance are releasing new flavors and I received some samples (via BibRave) to review on my blog.
The timing of this review couldn’t be better. We’ve had some really unseasonably hot weather here in North Carolina. Morning runs have been in mid-eighties with high humidity, and evening runs have been close to one hundred degrees.
The Gatorade Endurance line of products are not like the normal Gatorade you buy in the store. Gatorade Endurance is designed for endurance athletes and adds extra sodium and potassium to take you farther.
I’ve participated in a few races recently that used Gatorade Endurance, which was great. It’s designed to be light on the stomach and I’ve found that to be true. The new flavor of the drink mix I’ve been testing is Watermelon and I don’t know why, but I was so surprised at how much like Watermelon it tasted. Seriously!
The drink mix comes in a 32 oz container and makes around 38 servings – you can adjust to taste as well, if you still find the flavor too strong. I mixed as recommended on the back of the container.
On my non-running days, I’ve been taking some Gatorade Endurance drink with me to the gym as well, to keep hydrated during my workouts.
When it came to testing the gels on my runs, I was a little more apprehensive. I’ve tried different gels in the past and didn’t like them. Those particular gels packs were thick and pasty, messy and sticky, and didn’t sit well in my stomach.
The first thing I noticed about the Gatorade Endurance energy gels was that the packs were larger than other gels I’d used. They still fitted fine in my running vest, so no issues there. The second thing I noticed was how much more thinner the gel was. This probably explains why the gel packs need to be larger, as the gel is not as concentrated?
This was a game-changer for me. It made the Gatorade Endurance gel packs easy for me to open and ingest on the go — and the new Mango flavor is awesome. It really helped during a recent trail run when the heat had zapped almost all my energy. I took a gel pack half-way through and immediately felt the benefits.
Reviewing these products has definitely opened up my options for fueling on the run. The real winner here for me is the energy gel packs – simply because I’d written them off in general, as not an option.
So if like me, you’ve not had a good experience with gels before, make sure you try these from the Gatorade Endurance line. Both new flavors are available NOW, on the Gatorade Endurance website. You’ll also find detailed nutrition information there as well — go check it out!