Friday, June 22, 2018

Refreshing Flavors of Summer | Gatorade Endurance

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels and Endurance Formula 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!

While I'm riding the recovery train after Grandma's Marathon last Saturday, we're spending as much time as possible outside enjoying the drastic change in temperature (remember what a crazy cold, long winter it was?!).  Hello, 87°F, I think I love you.

Timed perfectly with this hot summer weather, as a BibRave Pro, I received the Gatorade Endurance Thirst Quencher Powder and Endurance Energy Gel in two tasty new flavors; Watermelon and Mango!


I received these products in my taper week for the race and, while it was too late to use them as fueling during the race, I did test the Energy Gel on a taper run and pre-hydrated for the race with the Thirst Quencher Powder.

In the past, I haven't been crazy about sports drink flavors but I will say I'm liking this new watermelon formula! The Thirst Quencher Powder's watermelon flavor isn't overwhelmingly sweet, which I like, and is designed for longer, more intense workouts with added sodium and potassium to help you push it to the limit.

To mix up a bottle, I simply added two scoops of the powder to my water and shook it. Then it was ready to go! One canister of watermelon contains 32 oz which makes approximately 38 servings.


When it comes to energy gels, most runners seem to either love 'em or hate 'em. Personally I'm a fan of gels on the run because I don't have to chew them. The thick consistency of many gels isn't my favorite but find the right flavor and I can handle it.

So here's the deal. The Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels in mango are much lighter than any gels I have used in my training. The texture is light, the flavor is refreshing and each 1.3 oz gel packs 80 calories. If gels haven't agreed with you in the past, I would recommend giving these a try. You may be pleasantly surprised!


Though it's tempting to lace up my shoes and head out for a run, I'm going to take one more week off of running. Dare I say I actually miss running after just a week off? I know it's important for me to take some time off, especially being only 7 months postpartum, and to get back on the strength training train.

Once mid-July rolls around, I will start training for my 11th marathon, the Grand Forks Marathon. The Gatorade Endurance products will be extremely helpful for training through the summer heat!

The Gatorade Endurance New Flavor Pack retails for $52.99 on Gatorade.com with free shipping on all purchases over $50. Check it out :)


Weekly Wrap: No Running Week 1


MONDAY: 

My legs are feeling great except for going downstairs. The hills at Grandma's shocked my legs a little. I'm such a flat-lander!

TUESDAY: 

I have no plans of running this week but staying active with the kids has helped to loosen up stiff muscles.

WEDNESDAY: 

Bible study, pool time and stretching that night.

THURSDAY

Hot, hot, hot! Teeny ball and tee ball had us all sweating. I'm getting back into the swing of strength training with McMillan's Strength in Stride routine, in the air conditioning of our house of course ;)

FRIDAY:

We went on a nature walk with friends at a nearby state park that morning before the day really heated up again.

SATURDAY:

Stretching and strength planned

SUNDAY:

Off

TOTAL MILEAGE: 0.00 miles


How do you fuel during training and racing? Gels - love 'em or hate 'em?

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Linking up with Holly and Wendy's Weekly Wrap Up.

6 comments:

  1. Nice review! The picture of Benjamin with the Gatorade Endurance bottle is so cute :)

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    1. You should definitely check it out! It's been very refreshing on these hot days!

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  3. I used to exclusively drink Gatorade Endurance (and then I tried Tailwind and liked it too). I'd be interested to try the Watermelon flavor. I must admit I didn't even know about they offered gels. I guess I need to try those too. Thanks for linking!

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