Disclaimer: I received Gatorade ® Endurance products to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
Okay, I gotta get this off my chest…. whenever I hear the word Gatorade, I picture Adam Sandler in the Waterboy. Every. Single. Time. “GATORADEEEEE!” “H20!” “Water sucks, it really, really sucks!” Here’s the clip…for your viewing pleasure.
Phew! Now that I have that stuck in your head, let’s talk about Gatorade Endurance!
I used to be a huge Gatorade user. I mean, wasn’t everyone!? I remember the yellow powder we kept at home when I was a kid. Then, when I first got into the racing scene, Gatorade was pretty much the only product out there. Races had it on course, it was easy to find, tasted good, and it was affordable. They only reason I strayed from it over the years was due to the sugar content. Gatorade was known to be just full of sugar, processed sugar.
Then, the new Gatorade Endurance formula came out and was specifically made for runners and other endurance athletes. The Endurance Formula is different than regular Gatorade in that it has 2x more sodium and 3x more potassium, which is perfect for the long run. They also have removed all the artificial flavors and sugars! Score!
There is a whole line of Gatorade Endurance products… powders, chews, drinks, bars, gels, etc… and they have just released new flavors for the powder formula and gels! Thanks to being a BibRave Pro, I got a first look at the new Watermelon Endurance Formula and the Mango Energy Gels before they even hit the shelves and they were a big hit in this household!
I took for the formula and the gels on my most recent long run and it must have worked because my 8-mile run turned into an 11-mile run. Okay, okay, this was in part due to me not turning around when I should have because I was looking for a specific spot on the trail, but the extra miles were completely bearable because I had my Gatorade.
When I look for hydration/electrolytes drinks and gels, I am always looking for a few things: Healthy, tasty and easy on the stomach. I’m happy to report the Endurance Formula and new flavors have passed the test! They even passed the boyfriend’s test. He didn’t know I had gotten the products for being a BibRave Pro and helped himself to the Watermelon Endurance Formula and asks me, “That a really good flavor! Where’d you get that!?” Another win!
Endurance Formula Powder (Water Melon)
90 Calories, 140mg Potassium, 310mg Sodium, 22g Carbs
The Watermelon flavor is delicious! It’s light and not too sweet, so I could continually drink it on the run. It’s also light enough so that you don’t have to “chase” it with water like I have to do with some electrolyte drinks. I didn’t have any stomach issues and it really did help me make it through my long run.
Energy Gel (Mango Flavors)
90 Calories, 35g Potassium, 100mg Sodium, 20g Carbs
Gels are so specific to each person. I personally don’t like super thick gels and usually gravitate toward the non-fruity flavors (like chocolate and vanilla). I’ve also tried a gel a long time ago that had chunks of, I don’t know what, maybe it was sugar, but whatever it was, made me gag. I was a little hesitant to try the Gatorade Endurance Gel because it was mango flavored and was nervous about the thickness “stickiness.” I pulled a bold move and brought it on the run before even trying just at home. It was easy to open, not too thick or too sticky. It was almost watery enough that you could just drink it from the package and not follow it with water. The taste was EXCELLENT. It did taste like mangos, and not artificially tasting mangos.
I can best describe both new flavors as refreshing. They have a very summer-like taste and have been perfect for my summer longs runs, after guiding (rock climbing) long hours in the sun and while we’ve been working on our new home.
The new flavors are NOW AVAILABLE! You should be able to find the Endurance Formula at your local run stores or online at www.GatoradeEndurance.com
See what the other BibRave Pros are saying:
RunNerd Girl | LivingLovingRunner | Fun Sized Athlete | Pixie Dust Runner | Road Back to Boston | Corey | Life to the Full | RunSpirational | The Marathon Lady | She Runs by the Seashore |
BibRave did a podcast episode about the new flavors too! Listen to it here!