Happy Friday, y’all! And welcome back to the Friday Five 2.0. Today’s topic is beverages. And isn’t it fitting that I recently posted about how to carry your hydration with you on the run? Well today I’ll tell you what to put in those bottles and packs for your run. Just as there are a lot of choices when it comes to the types of gear to carry your beverage in for training runs and races, there are just as many beverages. They’re all designed similarly but not all created the same. Join me as I give you five different kinds of beverages to carry with you on the run.
Five Beverages to Keep You Hydrated and Happy
This one’s the obvious choice. Water, in the truest sense, is perfect for quenching thirst and keeping you hydrated on the run. It’s delicious, it’s not sticky, and you can’t get tired of the flavor during an extra long run. But sometimes we need more than just water. And that’s when the tricky stuff comes in.
2. SOS Rehydrate
SOS Rehydrate touts itself as being an IV in a stick. It’s doctor-formulated to give you the maximum benefit without an actual IV drip. I use SOS on almost every long run. If I run without it, I notice my hands become swollen and sausagy. What I love about it is it comes in convenient single-serve sticks. They’re easy to stash in my pack, they’re easy to open and use at home, and there’s literally no mess of power anywhere. My favorite flavor is mango but coconut comes in a close second (which is nuts because I don’t even like coconut!).
Tailwind is another product I really enjoy. Some people swear by it for all their nutrition needs — and for good reason, too. It’s complete nutrition, hydration, and electrolyte replacement in a drink. Tailwind boasts “no gut bombs” and I can attest that it’s true. I personally found myself to still be hungry even when drinking Tailwind but I know others who train with it exclusively and never need to eat a bite of food. Even with some food, Tailwind has never given me a gut bomb. Tailwind comes in a sample pack of sticks as well as 50-serving sized bags.
A favorite of mine is the EnduroPacks electrolytes spray. It literally tastes like nothing. You spray five sprays into your beverage of choice and voila — instant electrolytes. I use it on those days I need electrolytes but don’t want added flavor. I also like to spray it into a post workout smoothie for an extra hydration boost. (EnduroPacks also makes all sorts of supplements like BCAAs, L-Glutamine, and other vitamins and minerals.)
5. Skratch Labs
One that I have not tried personally but hear wonderful things about is Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix. I haven’t heard one person say a negative thing about Skratch Labs which definitely piques my interest. This mix is on my list of things to try. I think I’ll try the raspberries flavor first.
Like I said, there’s a lot to choose from. These are just five of the wonderful hydration options available to runners today. Tell me… What are YOUR favorite beverages to keep you hydrated?
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