Science In Sport Isotonic Gels! Review + Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I received SiS isotonic gels 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!

MRC testing some SiS gels on a long run!

I was pretty keen to try SiS gels as I know they are quite popular with my running friends in the UK. I received a very generous supply of SiS gels to test — Double Espresso, Apple, Salted Strawberry, and Lemon & Mint.

First The Science

So what’s all this Isotonic malarkey?! If you’ve taken gels before, you’ll probably know that you’re supposed to consume them with water. Isotonic gels are designed to be consumed without water, minimizing the risk of being bloated that can sometimes occur with over-drinking.

The isotonic formula allows the gel to empty from the stomach quickly as no fluid needs to be drawn into your stomach to dilute the gel, providing fast energy.

The SiS gel consistency is more watery than most other gels, which makes them real easy to consume on the run. The gel packs are also larger than regular gels, so you’ll need a little extra room to carry multiple gels packs on a longer run.

I had no problems carrying my normal supply (1 gel pack for every 5 miles) in my Flipbelt and Amphipod vest.

Now The Flavors

The “Double Espresso” gel has a 150mg boost of caffeine. When I group tested this pack, some of the crew did seem to benefit from the espresso jolt, sprinting to the finish of our long run.

I didn’t think I’d like the strong coffee flavor, actually I thought I’d hate it, but I didn’t! It was surprisingly palatable. However, due to the stronger flavor this gel is more suited pre-run (or post) as the caffeine effects can take up to one hour to kick in.

The yummy Apple flavor was my go-to for most runs, and the only isotonic flavor I was given to test. It had a subtle apple taste and was real easy to consume. This was also a group favorite as well.

Salted Strawberry and Lemon & Mint gels are packed full of extra electrolytes, but since these flavors are not isotonic, it’s recommended you consume some water along with them. If I’m on a long run that requires gels, I’m normally carrying water anyway.

When I shared out some gels with my running group, a couple of them commented on how the Salted Strawberry tasted like Guava Juice. I’ve never had Guava Juice, so I can’t compare!

I do have to say, I love these flavor combinations, they’re so fancy, and they definitely bring something a little different to the usual gel offerings.

As I mentioned above, the consistency of all these flavors is similar. They are not watery to the point they can be poured from the packet, which is great, as that may have caused issues for runners trying to consume them on the run!

Again, science, people.

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now

Yes, it’s true, Science In Sport want to give away a pack of 6 gels each to 2 of my lovely social media followers. Go to the following post on Instagram, follow me, @alastairvance (if you haven’t already) and follow @scienceinsport. Then in the Instagram comments, tag two of your running buddies who could do with an energy boost. Easy peasey lemon squeezy.

Everyone’s A Winner, Baby, That’s The Truth

Didn’t win the drawing? Well, everyone is a winner here. Using code TRYSIS25 you can save 25% off your order on scienceinsport.com.

And Finally…

Check out other BibRave reviews of Science In Sport Isotonic Gels:

Why do you run, Steve Daugherty?

About Steve

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

How do I know Steve? If you’ve read the About page on my blog, you’ll know I used to work for a church for a few years. Steve was (and still is) a teaching pastor for another church that supported us as we launched, and up through our early years. I don’t think either of us were runners back then — I wasn’t at least.

Maybe it was the shock of turning 40, or our wives’ running habits that made us feel bad, but I feel we entered the running arena under similar circumstances.

Aside from being a teaching pastor, Steve is also an author, (check out Experiments in Honesty: Meditations on Love, Fear and the Honest to God Naked Truth on Amazon), an excellent podcast host (Noises From The Attic), and organizes regular story-telling evenings in the area.

Surprisingly, I’ve yet to get a run in with Steve! Maybe I’ll have to pull a team together and run Ville to Ville? It won’t be 2020, as that appears to be sold out. 😲

Continue reading “Why do you run, Steve Daugherty?”

AfterShokz Are Still My Favorite

Disclaimer: I received a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

I have reviewed AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones before, and recently when AfterShokz released a range of new colors, I got a second pair in Midnight Blue. I’m glad, because my original slate grey Trekz Air headphones kept disappearing every time my wife went to the gym. 🤣

In the relatively short time since I last reviewed the Trekz Air, I’ve noticed the headphones popularity explode in the various running facebook groups that I frequent. They are definitely becoming something of a runner’s staple.

I’m also noticing that a lot of races that previously banned headphones for safety reasons DO permit bone conduction headphones. This is huge for AfterShokz — their bone conduction technology is the best out there.

It terms of weight, battery life, build quality, and safety, AfterShokz really deliver. My original pair of Trekz Air are still like brand new. The charge still lasts well over a week’s worth of running and gym visits.

As for comfort, nothing has changed there for me. There’s no bounce, or noticeable movement while running or exercising. So this time I did some more in-depth scientific testing. I wanted to ensure it even stayed put on little heads. My wee assistant, Xander, was only too happy to help.

Check out the results below (from my Instagram channel).

The good news is that you can now grab a pair of Trekz Air headphones for less money than before. The Trekz Air headhones are currently $149 from the AfterShokz website.

Alternatively, you can use code BRBUNDLE and get the $50 off the Trekz Air Adventure Bundle at bibrave.aftershokz.com.

The Trekz Air Adventure Bundle

Added: 2019 World Refugee Day 5k

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the 2019 World Refugee Day 5K Virtual Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

This race is so special. When I heard about the World Refugee Day 5K and the story behind it I really wanted to be involved.

The World Refugee Day 5k virtual run is inspired by the World Refugee Day 5k run that has taken place in Uganda’s Nakivale Refugee Settlement for three years.

The only requirement to enter that race is to submit an idea – any idea to better their community and lift each other up.

Due to lack of funding, the Nakivale Refugee Settlement race was at risk of being dropped. That’s where Soul Focus comes in. They felt they could not let this race fade away. The youth of the Nakivale Refugee Settlement had reported that the race helps them to feel alive, to stay fit, active and positive amidst the daily challenges they face.

So, our good friends at Soul Focus have helped to create a virtual run, where YOU can join in on the fun and help support this very real and life-changing event.

This June 20th, the third annual World Refugee Day 5k in Nakivale Refugee Settlement will unite over 1,000 runners, from 13 different nations all headed for the finish line. Refugees, Ugandans and friends from all over the world come together to celebrate what’s possible. This one of a kind run shines a light on an often forgotten place, telling a story of hope and ideas, optimism and peace.

It’s not too late to register and run your 5K (use code BR5 for $5 OFF registration). I will be running my 5K on Wednesday, June 19th.

Father’s Day Gifts for Dads that Run!

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Does your dad like to run? Do you still need to pick up a gift for Father’s Day? You’re in luck! Here are some great gift ideas!

AfterShokz Headphones

These are fast becoming the runner’s choice and this week (until 16th June) you can save up to $30 on some models, during the AfterShokz Dads & Grads sale. I have a pair of Trekz Air Headphones, which I love. Read my review here.

FlipBelt

Hands down, the best way to carry your essentials when out for a run. It’ll carry your phone, car keys, credit cards, gel packs, etc. with no chafing or bouncing. I rarely go for a run without it. Check out their website for more information.

Oofos

The most comfortable footwear on the planet? I think so. I like to wear these lounging around the house, especially after a long run. They are designed to literally take the weight off your feet and accelerate recovery. I reviewed them a while ago — read it here.

BibBoards

I never run a race without these. They keep your race bib attached securely to your shirt or shorts without damage to the fabric. As an added bonus you can get a custom design made. I liked them so much I wrote a song about it.

Race Registration

Sign your dad up for a race, either something local, or splurge on something further afield. Don’t forget to check out the race discount page before you do and save some money!

Garmin

Every dad loves a Garmin. I think I just coined a new tag-line for Garmin’s next campaign. Anyway, I never run without my watch. Does your dad already have one? Then accessorize — add a running dynamics pod, or order a new strap, or just simply upgrade to a new model.

Car License Holder

This is something I recently did myself. I wanted to remove the free dealer advertising license plate holder and replace it with a custom one. I found a seller on Etsy who will put whatever text you like on there. I had one printed with my running club name on it.

Running Coach

I used to think people who used running coaches were maybe taking things a little too seriously, especially if they were not professional runners, or had any aspirations to go professional. Well, how wrong I was.

Running can be like going to the gym and not have any plan or idea how the machines work. You’re not going to get a lot of out it, nor are you likely to improve much and reach your potential.

That’s where a coach comes in. Get your dad a custom training plan, including core exercises to help him become a stronger runner. A training plan keeps us focused and can avoid over-training and injury.

I recently started working with Janell from runcanvas.com and can recommend her services! Janell uses the vdot platform to send through training plans. She is able to adjust them on the fly when my schedule starts to conflict.

Beat The Heat with Ultima Replenisher

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Sometimes water is not enough.

When we sweat, our bodies are not just losing water, they are losing electrolytes, which play a vital role in how our bodies perform. So if we just drink water, we’re not replacing those essential ingredients (especially sodium) to help us from feeling rough during a workout (and probably for a while after).

The body reacts badly when we drink too much water (without the necessary electrolytes), and dilute our blood’s sodium concentration. This can result in headaches, sickness and fatigue.

Ultima Replenisher is a solution to this problem, and it happens to be a very tasty one. You can drink Ultima before, during and after your workouts. It comes in a number of different flavors, and the powder is very quick to mix up.

Ultima Replenisher is made with all 6 balanced electrolytes plus support minerals, real fruit flavors, plant-based colors, sweetened naturally with organic stevia leaf extract and no sugar, carbs or calories, ever!

It comes in 5 flavors — Orange, Cherry Pomegranate, Lemon, Raspberry, and Grape. My favorite flavor is Cherry Pomegranate, with Lemon being a close second.

My wife was out in the garden yesterday, planting flowers and spreading mulch in North Carolina heat and humidity. I quickly made her up a bottle of Lemon Ultima Replenisher and she loved it. She commented that the sweetness did not taste fake like other electrolyte based drinks we’ve tested.

After being out for a month because of an injury, I’m finding coming back to running and adjusting to the humidity outside has been difficult. I missed out on that transition period between Spring and Summer. Fortunately, Ultima Replenisher is helping me acclimatize a bit easier.

If you want to try it out for yourself, make sure and use the following discount code. Use code “ULBRAVE19″ for 10% off at the amazon.com/shops/ultimareplenisher storefront

Poem: The Trails, They Are Calling Me

the trails they are calling me
where the trees form a canopy
dancing sunlight and shadows
Narrow pathways and meadows

the trails they are calling me
along the river, mountains to sea
rocks and roots, senses fully aware
damp soil afoot and soothing cool air

the trails they are calling me
to connect with wildlife running free
a fox here, an opossum there
eyes locked in a stag’s stare

the trails they are calling me
to enjoy being lost momentarily
to breathe in deep the serenity
the trails they are calling me

Alastair Vance, 23 May 2019