I need to lay out a disclaimer right off the bat. As I’ve mentioned in precious posts @HoneyStinger and @TailwindNutrution have selected me as an ambassador for their brand. I do not get paid nor do I get free product from them, but I do get a discount from them. However, in order for me to even feel ethical about supporting them and applying to become an ambassador, I must have used the product already. Since I had already been using both products I felt ok to apply and represent these 2 awesome companies.
With that out of the way, let me help you better understand my nutrition on the run. I’m really not even sure where to start, but I’ll start with number of calories per hour and go from there. It’s my understanding that we are looking for 100-300 calories per hour. I really thought the only way I could get through such long runs is via 300 calories per hour.
I’ve tried this all via solids in the past. I think my preference is a mix of both just to keep up the variety. I really like the Honey Stinger waffles and chews for about 100 calories per hour. For the eletrolytes and calories all in one, Tailwind is awesome. I try to 200 calories per hour via this method. I usually carry some sort of CamelBak pack that has a bladder and all kinds of pockets to carry all this in. Sometimes you can also fit in a soft flask like this one or this one if you want a small amount of something different than your larger pack.
For daily training I use the CamelBak Podium Ice with either just water or some electrolyte especially on hot days. I learned that the colder the water is on a hot summer houston humid day the better. The sweat mechanism just doesn’t work here the same as it would in a low humidity enviro like Colorado. For those warm kind of nice days you can get away with something like this as opposed to needing the Podium Ice.
There is a whole other level that can happen in Houston in the summer. For that I have finally found a product that can help. It’s not for the couch to 5k runner. In fact, the company kindly asks you to read their blog article on the product before purchasing. However, if you meet all the criteria, it could just save your life one day. HyperHydration mix is a powder that you an mix into your water and it is for the times that no matter how much you take in, you just can’t keep up with the water/electrolyte required to keep moving. The article has some really good insight into topics that we probably don’t know much about in theory but have experienced in practice.
I’m referring to sodium concentration of the blood/plasma and the ability for water and sodium to pass in and out of the cells. These 2 things are why I love TailWind so much. The reason has to do with GI distress. If you’re consuming something that has a balance that isn’t right for you or that your body has a hard time absorbing you will likely have some GI distress out on the road or trail. The more I’ve studied this to select the right products the less GI distress I’ve had. I feel like TailWind is really well balanced and really has the ability to be absorbed properly.
Thanks for sharing this adventure with me!