Gatorade, A Giveaway and More!

Hey Guys! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  I spent much of this weekend relaxing, decompressing, getting organized and studying.  It was exactly what I needed to do and I feel so much better starting out this week.  Can I tell you? It was amazing to sleep in, make coffee and breakfast and just enjoy the day.  I loved Team in Training and running with them but it was really nice to have an entire weekend with no plans and nowhere to be.  I also have taken the whole week since the marathon off to recover.  I’ve really enjoyed the break and can tell my body is thankful for it.  I’m still debating about taking one more week.  My initial plan had been to take 2 weeks off to rest but I’m  craving yoga so we will see.

Before the Boston Marathon I was approached by Gatorade.  I was pretty excited to receive an email from them since I’ve bought Gatorade products for years and years and have always used Gatorade as one of my forms of hydration for all of my races.  I think if I were to go back and tell my 15-year-old self standing on the pool deck drinking Gatorade before her 100m Fly race that in 10 years I would have this blog, receive an email from Gatorade and get to work with them I wouldn’t have believed it.  When I opened my inbox and saw the email it was definitely a moment as a blogger where you think “wow this is so cool” immediately followed by “never did I ever think I’d be receiving an email from Gatorade”! I was even more excited when I found out there was a giveaway for my readers!

On Friday afternoon when I was at the Boston Marathon Expo I stopped by the Gatorade booth for a Sports Nutrition Feedback Session.  I was given the opportunity to meet with Matt who is a scientist with Gatorade and ask any and all questions I may have about the Gatorade product line.  Lucky for Matt I had LOTS of questions.  Their new line is very detailed and I always wondered if I was using the products correctly.  Matt was so nice and answered all my questions.

Matt and I at the Gatorade Booth

My first question related to the heat that many runners were going to have to face on Marathon Monday.  We spoke a lot about how many runners would lose much of their salt content.  Lucky for us, the Gatorade Endurance Formula was provided along the course.  This formula provides more than 2x the salt, and 3x the potassium that regular Gatorade provides.  It’s recommended that runners and athletes alike should replace fluids so it is equivalent to their sweat rate.  For example, if you lost one pound for every mile you run you have a very high sweat rate.  You should be drinking about 16 to 24oz. of water to replenish what you’ve lost.  Matt and I then got talking about the entire product line and how if used in combination it can help to aid athletes with high sweat rates.  We talked about the products in the Pro line but Gatorade also offers the original series, a fit series, and a natural series to meet all your needs.  Here’s a breakdown of the Gatorade Pro line and how each product can help you perform your best:

Prime. 

There are two products in this line.  The Prime Drink which contains 110mg of sodium and 30mg of carbohydrates.   You would drink this about 15 minutes before the start of your run or the night before.  The idea behind this product is it increases your sodium and carbohydrates to help you perform better for longer.  It also contains Vitamin B which helps converts carbohydrates to energy.

The Carb Energy Chews are similar to Shot Bloks or Gu and can be eaten before a workout or during for those long training runs and race days.  A package of 4 chews will provide 120 calories, 105mg of sodium, 50mg of potassium and 31g of carbohydrates.  Coming from someone who was downing straight salt during the Boston Marathon I can tell you, I would have much preferred these.  I tried some at the expo and they were delicious! The texture was very smooth and it made them easy to swallow.  They kind of tasted more like candy than chews!

Endurance Formula.

Like I said early, this formula provides 2x the sodium and 3x potassium of regular Thirst Quencher Gatorade.  The benefits of this are that it will help replace your electrolytes you sweat out but also helps to maintain fluid balance.  When I first tried the endurance formula I noticed the salt and was nervous about using it on race.  With the high temperatures during the Boston Marathon the extra salt tasted delicious and I didn’t mind it one bit!

I should also note that if you look at the servings you will only get 14g of carbohydrates in one serving.  If you do the math to determine how many grams of carbohydrate per hour a runner should consume you’ll find you’ll likely need more than 1 serving.

Body weight in kilograms (BW in lbs/2.2) X 0.7 = grams of  carbohydrates per hour

So for a 140 pound woman, that’s about 40g of carbohydrates per hour which is just over 2 servings of Gatorade.  Something to keep in mind as you determine how to fuel your body for success.

Gatorade!

Recover. 

My first experience with this product was after the Chicago marathon and I was not ready for the taste! The drink contains both protein and carbohydrates so the taste is not like typical Gatorade.  It has a consistency of regular Gatorade but is designed to help replenish your glycogen stores and promote protein synthesis in your muscles.  Both of which will help you to recover quickly and will make those sore legs feel better much sooner!  The drink contains 8g of protein and 20g of carbohydrate, 105mg of sodium and 40mg of potassium.

I plan to use the full line of products when training for my next marathon now that I feel more comfortable with how to use each.  I think it would help aid with hydration and additionally recovery.  Recovery specifically is something I could focus on.  And speaking of marathons Gatorade has offered to give away 1 Entry to a Rock n’Roll Marathon of the winners choice! (note: the giveaway is just the entry fee and does not include any travel or additional expenses) Check out the complete list of Rock n’ Roll marathons here.

To enter, leave a comment telling me about a win from within moment! Gatorade believes that athletic achievement is driven from the inside out.  An example from a win within moment is pushing through the wall at mile 22 of a marathon to PR!  Or for all you Boston Marathoners, pushing through the heat and stress and finishing that marathon!

For an additional entry you can tweet the following (be sure to leave a comment telling me you did so!):

@LiveRunLoveYoga is giving away a Rock n’Roll Marathon entry courtesy of @Gatorade! To enter visit http://wp.me/p1E9ET-JL!

Entry closes Wednesday April 25th at Midnight! I’ll randomly select a winner and announce them on Thursday!

Do you use the Gatorade Pro Series to help hydrate you for your training runs and races?  What is your favorite flavors of Gatorade?  Have you tried the Recover drink?  Do you like it?

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26 thoughts on “Gatorade, A Giveaway and More!

  1. Laura says:

    This is a great giveaway! My recent win moment was pushing through a 5k to pr even though I hate short races! It was a good reminder that mental toughness is so important in a race.

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  2. Lizz says:

    I love love love gatorade! I used it all throughout college athletics at UTexas. My win from within moment was when I was running the Marathon for Adoption here in Texas. It was a small run with lots of hills, my ipod died and it started to rain. I got really upset and then told myself to change my attitude. I forced myself to smile and be thankful. After 5 minutes I was actually enjoying the rain and the time to myself- a huge win for me!! 🙂

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  3. Wild Things Run Free says:

    I’m in love with cool blue G. so yum

    my “win from within” moment would be my most recent race. The Cherry Blossom 10 miler. I had just come off an injury and wasn’t sure how the race was going to go. Sure enough, at the 5k mark my knee was screaming. I considered DNFing just about every step of the way from that moment on, but when I hit the 8 mile marker I just told myself to shut the heck up and MOVE IT. I finished in sub 2hours, which was my A goal BEFORE injury… I couldn’t have done it if I didn’t change my attitude. If I didnt start WINNING from WITHIN

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  4. Annica says:

    Gatorade has so many amazing products for athletes! So thankful to have them at the drink stations of each race!

    My win from within moment occurred my first half marathon. I had been training for month and it was only my second race ever. About 3 miles before the finish I hit a wall and started to slow down. My dad and I had been racing together and saw that I was struggling and came back to motivate me. That last stretch I heard him tell me that I could do it and to just go as fast as I could. Even though I felt like I was about to die, something in my body just pushed my legs to move at full speed. It was an awesome accomplishment for me.

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  5. Pavement Runner (@PavementRunner) says:

    I have yet to try the Recovery drink, but I use nothing but Gatorade during my training and races. Of course, excpet water when I run out of G in my bottle. I love any kind of blue or purple flavor. LOL. Yes, those are actual flavors of G. Congrats on being given the opportunity to do a giveaway for Gatorade… that makes you the Michael Jordan of running. 🙂

    As for a “win” moment, I’d think my recent PR at the half a couple weeks ago would be a good one. I had never run an 8:20 pace for more than 5 miles… I was able to PR the distance and maintain that pace on a hilly course. And as usual, I had G’s purple flavor with me.

    Also tweeting out the giveaway.

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  6. Carissa Fit2Flex (@CarissaAnneB) says:

    My “win from within” moment came in a half marathon where I had my worst time ever. I was coming off a sprained ankle that halted training. I only managed 5 miles in the 2 weeks before the run. I still wanted to try and PR so I pushed out the gate. The race was hot and had 4 HUGE hill climbs. At mile 6 I had to walk, by mile 10 I passed my hotel and wanted to go inside. I pulled through and went the 13.1 miles. It was harder than anything I’ve ever done but I didn’t quit.

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  7. Meg says:

    My win from within moment came this weekend when I felt myself struggling over tough bridges in a half marathon. Instead of giving up, I pushed through – and ended up placing in my age group for the first time ever! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.

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  8. the MF Dre says:

    My win from within was not only gutting out the Boston Marathon last Monday, but turning around and putting the hammer down on the SLO Half Marathon this weekend earning a PR by more than 6 minutes!

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  9. Michelle @ Running with Attitude says:

    Thanks for this post – great information here!

    My win from within moment came during my last half marathon last month. I got hit with a terrible headache at mile 4…bad enough that I considered stopping. But instead I pushed through and managed my second fastest time! Thanks for this great opportunity!

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  10. Mattie (@comfyconfident) says:

    My win from within moment came when I completed my first marathon. It was pouring rain the entire time. I could of easily given up and gone home, but I powered through and PR’d! My entire body was soaked from the rain but I still had an amazing time!

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  11. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    My most recent win moment was at the New Orleans Marathon in March. My foot started hurting so bad by mile 15 that I was sure something was sprained – but I really wanted my 4:00 goal. Knowing this was my big goal for the year, I pushed it out of my mind and ran to a 3:55 finish (a 20 minute PR)!! And no, nothing was sprained, just badly bruised on the bone – nothing permanent. 🙂

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  12. krissy m. murphy says:

    My recent win from within moment…RUNNING a race instead of RACING it! I executed my plan so well this weekend and had a blast being proud of a non-PR race for once 😀 Thanks for this awesome opportunity 😀

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  13. Britton says:

    Hi girl! I am a fairly new follower and I just wanted to tell you what an inspiration your blog is!! I love reading!!! My win from within moment happened yesterday actually! I was racing a 10k train run and I am not a fan of trails but i pushed through after having some major cramping and dealing with unusually warm temperatures to be the first overall female finisher!! It was a great feeling!

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