Sports drink

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13/06/2010 at 16:12

Can anyone recommend a sports drink? I have been drinking lucosade body fuel but thinking about trying something else to give me a boost before i run

Quite confused by all the different types - any suggestions?

13/06/2010 at 16:34
You shouldn't need a sports drink before you run.  If you want one during your longer runs then you've got loads to choose from and they're all pretty much the same.  The only real difference is the taste.  SIS drinks aren't strongly flavoured so you could try their PSP 22 or Go.  You can also make your own.  Water and orange juice (50/50) with a pinch of salt if you want some electrolytes.
13/06/2010 at 16:37
Yeah, I use SIS go on the move.
If I need a boost beforehand I just have a cup of tea with lots of sugar in it.
13/06/2010 at 17:11

Personally I'll run for upto an hour with nothing.  Over that I just carry good old fashioned plain water and some gels if I need them.  The only sports drink I do have is a protien shake to help recovery after my longer runs.

 You should be hydrated enough, and have adequate energy stores to not need to take anything else on (including electrolytes!) for runs less than an hour in UK temp's.

Edited: 13/06/2010 at 17:24
13/06/2010 at 17:15
If you need a boost beforehand, try some honey.  It's natural, unrefined sugar and easily digested.  If you can buy local honey, it'll help with any hayfever symptoms you may have, too 
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
13/06/2010 at 18:36

You shouldn't need to drink any before your run. You didn't say what sort of distance you are doing, I agree with above, that up to an hour you'll be ok. Personally I rarely drink anything unless I am running 20km or more. All the drinks on the market are pretty much the same so it's really down to personal taste and what suits you. Try out different brands to see. Luckily I can eat and drink almost anything offered during races with the exception of Isostar which gives me stomach cramps. Experiment to see what suits you and what doesn't.

edited for typos

Edited: 13/06/2010 at 18:37
13/06/2010 at 18:43
coffee swiftly followed by a zantac to stop the indigestion.
13/06/2010 at 18:58

Ive been doing 9 - 10 miles - Im doing a half next week

I see most of you dont bother with anything

13/06/2010 at 19:03
For psychological reasons I take a gel (SiS go) before and 1 during a half. It's my little ritual and i prob don't need them but it makes me happy so I keep doing it
13/06/2010 at 19:18
I still recommend taut.

The standard energy drink is quite mild tasting and Taut Endurance is excellent if you are looking for something with salt.

But generally I don't bother, might have a Lucozade Energy (the normal fizzy one) if I'm still flagging the next day.
13/06/2010 at 20:18
Agree with Mr.W about DIY drinks - 50/50 water/juice and a pinch of salt is absolutely fine, and I take this if I'm carrying a bottle and running 1-2 hours. I use Nuun tablets if I'm running 2-3 hours off-road - they're easy to pop in your bladder pack and don't make it too disgusting to clean. As for carbs on the go, the SiS gels are brilliant - not too sweet, and give you a real boost. Apparently the caffeinated ones are like rocket fuel, but having dodgy guts at the best of times, I haven't been tempted!
13/06/2010 at 21:04
I tried a caffeinated GO once - thankfully I was near home at the time........ I am sure they work for lots of peeps...... just not those with a delicate tummy
13/06/2010 at 21:55
I'll second Nuun tablets.

I sweat like a vicar in La Senza, over the summer doubly so. Anything over an hour running in the heat and I have one. Tri-berry is the nicest flavour in my opinion.
13/06/2010 at 22:46

Came across this 'recipe' a wee while back and works a treat for me

1 ltr water

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 tspn salt

juice to taste

Have it during a run if I'm going over an hour or so, but not really needed for shorter runs as previously said and its great on the fells

Cheap as chips as they say lol

13/06/2010 at 23:19

none...its all marketing shite.

whatever you normally drink will be fine.

14/06/2010 at 00:54
If you're doing a half next week then now isn't the time to be changing. Don't change anything until after the race.

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