Instead, the last hour was the absolute worst hour of my life, and why was this? Mostly because I did not fuel correctly....ironic as that is what I preach to my athletes about on a daily basis. Karma at its finest? I am sure you are all sick of hearing about my disaster (but you can click here if you aren't), so I will only tell you that my experience has made me VERY determined to get this figured out before Chicago in October.
I have been trying out different products, and Ignite Naturals were kind enough to send me some product to try. I have been using them in workouts and long runs for a few months now, but wanted enough time to truly assess if they would work for me.
When you sweat a lot, especially on those sweltering summer days, one of the most important things you need to do after a run is rehydrate. This is where the Ignite InRefresh comes in. They are great to replenish electrolyte stores to make sure your body gets back to its normal state as quickly as possible. I tried each of their three flavors; blueberry, dragonfruit and tangerine passion fruit. Each were flavorful enough to want to drink, without feeling like you are drinking syrup, as I feel is the case with some of the other traditional sports drinks out there.
I would definitely recommend these for after a run to restore electrolytes, and the only negative I have is that I am looking for a product I can use that provides carbohydrates as well, which InRefresh only contains 0.5g
|Kind of ironic I took this picture on a cold day....but you still sweat under all those layers!|
There were a few negatives to this product, if you did not consume right away, it began to separate and settle at the bottom of the bottle. I also was not too keen on the fruit bits in the drink, at first I kept thinking it was undissolved powder chunks, but I realized it was real fruit pieces (the kind you get in a blueberry smoothie). This is just something that I enjoy in a drink.
|Refueling after a long run|
|Before I stuffed it in my sportsbra to save for a later date :)|
The only negative I have about these is that my stomach was upset a few of the times I used them. I am going to test them out more over the next few months, as I suffer with an upset stomach often during hard days, so I cannot be sure these were the cause.
All of the Ignite products are NON-GMO, hormone free, and gluten free. Their products contain no artificial sugar, sweeteners or preservatives, and use natural ingredients such as fig paste and brown rice to ensure it is easily digestible.
Overall, I am not 100% sure I have found my solution to my marathon fueling needs. I will need a few more months of testing to know, but Ignite is definitely winning so far, and if I continue to enjoy their products, then I hope I will be able to use them on that important day in October :)
I did receive product from Ignite for free, but my opinions are my own, and I have been honest.
What is your favorite fuel for longer races? Do you prefer using natural products?
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