Having crashed for the last few k of last week’s 19k run, I decided to try fuel in my 1.5l hydration bladder for this week’s long run. Hearing good reports about their natural contents being gentle on the stomach, I’d ordered in a mixed pack of Tailwind to try out, and promised roseabi I’d let her know how I got on.
Perhaps I should first mention that when isotonic sports drinks appeared in the shops 30 years ago, I bought some thinking they’d be great for a 38 mile challenge walk. I then gave them away, after discovering I couldn’t stand the taste. So this was another reason I thought I’d try Tailwind, as the “light” natural flavours reviewers seem to rave about sounded like my best shot at stomaching the taste of anything which contained “balanced electrolytes”.
Before running this morning, I took the caffeinated Raspberry Buzz flavour Tailwind stick, and mixed it in 500ml of water. I then took one sip, instantly gagged, and realized there was no way that was going in my water bladder!
Instead I stuck in a good slug of sugar variety Ribena, which I enjoyed sipping on, and which definitely helped get me round my first HM distance today.
For good measure I also stuck some fizzy cola bottle sweets in a pocket of my running vest, and munched 4 of these from about the halfway point. (I left my usual emergency Jelly Babies at home. I used to use fizzy sweets to counteract dry mouth effects of certain painkillers. I find they encourage saliva, making them far easier to eat.)
So my conclusion is that I’m donating all the Tailwind to my OH, and I don’t think I’m going to try any more sports drink mixes! I’ll stick to sugary Ribena, and if I find I do need additional salt when the weather heats up then I’ll investigate carrying a small pouch of homemade gel (I’m thinking salted peanut butter mixed with banana or some jam) or possibly a pouch of a savoury vegetable juice to sip - such as tomato juice with a bit of salt added to it. I’ve found Amazon do packs of reusable pouches for homemade baby food, so think they should work fine for adding homemade mixes to. 😋❤️
I guess nutrition for running is all about experimenting. I don’t think I’m going to have much luck with anything unless my tastebuds like it.