Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Product Review: NEW Watermelon Gatorade Endurance Formula & Mango Energy Gels

Product Review:  Gatorade Endurance Formula and Gels

Disclaimer: I received the Gatorade Endurance New Flavor Bundle to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

As I alluded to in my Grandma's Marathon race recap, I have been fortunate to try out the newest flavor of Gatorade Endurance - WATERMELON - and the mango Gatorade gels.  My only disappointment about this is that I didn't get these products earlier in my marathon training cycle so that I could take advantage of them on race day (I definitely subscribe to the nothing new on race day advice!).

I haven't had Gatorade or Gatorade Endurance in quite a long time, but was excited to try it because I think the fuel plan that I have used for a while needs some tweaking.  The first thing I was surprised by is how light the flavor of the Gatorade Endurance is.  I found out that they reformulated this product in 2017 and it no longer is that thick syrupy drink that you may have had on race courses years ago.  It is nice and light!  It was easy to drink on the run - I used it during my taper week - and I didn't have any weird stomach issues afterwards.  This was also easy to drink on its own - I packed my tub of powder in the car and was mixing it up on our drive to Duluth, and used it to help me hydrate the day before the race.

I really like having powder to mix (vs. premeasured packets or tabs).  This way I can customize my drink to the exact flavor profile I want.  The powder very easily dissolved in water.  I added two scoops of powder and filled the bottle they sent me, shook it and voila.  Energy drink.

Gatorade also sent me several of their Mango energy gels.  I used one before my 6-mile taper run and I absolutely LOVED the consistency.  It was much "run"nier than the gels I used throughout my training so there wasn't that gross swallow of glob that I was accustomed to.  Once again, the flavor was nice and light and it was akin to drinking from a pouch.  This product also did not give me any weird cramps or stomach issues while running.  Honestly the consistency was the number one thing I liked about the gels.

Twelve ounces of the Endurance Formula provides 90 calories, 300 mg of sodium, 140 mg potassium and 22 g of carbs.  One energy gel provides 80 calories, 90 mg of sodium, 30 mg potassium, and 20g of carbs.

Overall, both of these are promising and I am looking forward to using them during the build-up of my next marathon - the Madison Marathon.  Training starts in 3 weeks and 3 days!

The new flavor bundle pack is available on the Gatorade website and includes a canister of the watermelon Gatorade Endurance powder and 21 Mango gels.

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