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lifl2003 Pro 129 posts since
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Sep 5, 2012 4:50 AM

Sport Drink on long runs?

I am sure this has been asked and answered but I am asking it again so I apologize in advance.


I am training for my first marathon and have been drinking water and eating Gu's on my long runs.


I am wondering if I should should switch to a sports drink instead of the water during the run?


Any suggestions on whether this is smart and aslo what drinks are recomended will be much appreciated!



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  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    1. Sep 5, 2012 12:54 PM (in response to lifl2003)
    Sport Drink on long runs?

    Hi Mike,


    Congratulations on your will be a wonderful experience.  I would say just experiment with some different options in training to find the right combination because everyone is different. 


    I attempt to avoid the overly complex or highly sweetened sports drinks because they tend to cause stomach upset or some sort of other disgestive issues.  I also stay clear of those with added energy boosters popular right now because there are side-effects.  Basically, you might try watering down the selections that you try because most are concentrated with 2.5 servings of the ingredients per 32 oz., for example. 


    Again, it depends on your tolerance level for certain things and many sports drinks are similiar.  I have tried an endless variety of products.  I would say that Vemma Thirst and FRS are okay, but they also fall into the complicated realm. 


    Sometimes, I have found that simple is best, so just mixing honey with water is a great option.  Another tip is real carrot juice with a splash of apple juice (this would be pre-long run or recovery drink). 


    Wishing you all the best in your training and upcoming event. 

  • feetdominatingpavement Rookie 6 posts since
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    3. Sep 20, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to lifl2003)
    Sport Drink on long runs?

    Have you tried Nuun? It provides the electrolites you need, but it has a very light taste, so it doesn't feel like you are drinking a ton of sports drinks. That's the only thing I'll drink. My favorites are the Strawberry Lemonade and the Lemon Lime. Half a tablet per bottle of water is usually what I use. I found it at my local running store. It's a little on the pricy side, but well worth it. HyVee also carries it. I haven't seen it at Walmart.



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  • Chris1439 Amateur 16 posts since
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    4. Jan 28, 2015 10:37 AM (in response to lifl2003)
    Re: Sport Drink on long runs?

    Much has been written on sports drinks and Gu's, but if you'd like to hear about some of the issues facing athletes with the electrolyte and carbohydrate products on the market today, here is an updated publication that goes into much detail on the topic:

    The author highlights that the real problem with many of today's products is the high sugar content which results in a glycemic roller coaster for an athlete's body during exercise. This is not the answer to endurance athletes nutritional needs, she advices, look for alternatives with NO Sugar and those that supply a host of essential trace minerals.

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