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jneptune Amateur 21 posts since
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Apr 7, 2011 10:59 AM

Electrolyte Drink Preferences?

I've been running long distances for a few years now and have yet to find the perfect electrolyte drink. Some products upset my stomach unless I dilute them heavily and others settle much better but I don't think they're packing enough essential electrolytes... I'm just curious to hear what electrolyte drinks most runners prefer during long runs?



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  • Runningcolorado Expert 50 posts since
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    1. Apr 7, 2011 1:11 PM (in response to jneptune)
    Re: Electrolyte Drink Preferences?

    I use Powerade Zero during my long runs.  I haven't had any problems w/it.  I used to use Gatorade, but changed when Powerade came out w/the zero calorie drink.  I usually put ice in my water bottle to keep it cold during warmer weather, so it may get diluted a little.  But, I don't use ice in the winter months.


    Maybe try using a different drink each time you do your short or medium run, and see how they make you (your stomach) feel. It's through trial and error that you will get to the one that works best for you. 


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  • thedevotedrunner Legend 439 posts since
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    2. Apr 8, 2011 11:07 PM (in response to Runningcolorado)
    Re: Electrolyte Drink Preferences?

    Be careful with zero calorie drinks. The good side is that they have zero calories, the bad side is they have zero calories.  Zero calories means no carbohydrates which your body needs on runs of more than 1 hour.

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  • Runningcolorado Expert 50 posts since
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    4. Apr 10, 2011 11:01 AM (in response to jneptune)
    Re: Electrolyte Drink Preferences?

    I'm sorry, Jneptune.   I thought you only wanted to address the issue of electrolyte drink preference.  Sorry about that.


    I get my calories (and carbs) from gel packs.  I use GU gel which has about 100 cals and 25g carbs per pack every 40-50 min. when I'm running over an hour.  I wasn't getting enough cals/carbs from the drink alone (w/o my belly feeling slushy).  So, I dropped the cals/carbs in the drink, but pick them up from the gels.  That way I don't feel too full, and I still feel energized. 


    I tried different things to see what worked.  The Zero and gel work best for me.  Keep experimenting to see what works for you.  You'll find what you need through trial and error.


    Good luck to you.

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  • Steve427 Rookie 3 posts since
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    5. Apr 18, 2011 4:12 PM (in response to jneptune)
    Re: Electrolyte Drink Preferences?

    Hey Jneptune, I used to drink Elete which can be found in most running stores. Works well but started to irritate my stomach. For the past 3 months I've been using Yoli Fun and I love it. Its zero calories, sweetened with Stevia, 200mg Sodium, 191mg Potassium, 169mg Calcium, 112mg Magnesium and 750mg of Alkalete pH Enhancer. If you want to try it out let me know and I'll get ya some samples. Or check it out at

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  • BPS1976 Amateur 34 posts since
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    6. Apr 18, 2011 5:28 PM (in response to jneptune)
    Re: Electrolyte Drink Preferences?

    Orange Gatorade, Nectar of the Gods.  I usually carry one bottle of water and one of Gatorade.  If its a full, where I'll need more hydration that, I'll carry two bottles of gatorade and just get water on the course if  the race has Powerade or something else I'm not familiar with.

  • SteveBikeRun Legend 454 posts since
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    7. Apr 18, 2011 6:03 PM (in response to jneptune)
    Re: Electrolyte Drink Preferences?

    Gatorade G2, various flavors, mixed 50-50 with water.  Straight Gatorade is too heavy in my stomach.  During a HM, I will mix Powerade or whatever drink they have on the course with water.


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  • quadzilla1 Expert 39 posts since
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    8. Jun 5, 2011 1:22 PM (in response to jneptune)
    Re: Electrolyte Drink Preferences?



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