Trying something new…

IMG_2749In previous posts, I have talked about my wonderful (add sarcasm here) leg cramps.  They were really troubling in my last marathon that you can read about here and here.  So I have been on a quest to figure out where the pain is coming from.  I have added magnesium to my diet, rolled a lot with the foam roller and the stick, and have scoured the internet looking for advice (because that is really what we do when we don’t have the answer right?!)

Last week I ordered some endurolytes powder  from Hammer Nutrition and today I got my box.  It was way larger than I thought and when I opened it I was delighted to find all kinds of presents.  IMG_2753[1]

I used the endurolytes powder today and mixed it with my water and it had no taste at all and mixed very nicely.  Maybe it was a little hopefulness and a lot of help from the powder, but I had no leg cramps and I felt pretty fast. IMG_2751

I also used one of the GU’s/gels that was included.  I needed the energy anyway and why not try a lot of things new, it was just a training run.  But it went great.  I had these results: IMG_2757[1]

So proud of them!

Then I came home and thought why not try the Recoverlite stuff they sent too, especially because I have an even longer run planned for  tomorrow.  It wasn’t the worst thing I have ever tasted and it actually was pretty good after I mixed it really good.  I was thinking if I try it again it would be in a smoothie or something like that.  I’m really weird with textures and powder in water is not always that great.  Anyway, I can say I have a lot of energy, not as tired as usual but tomorrows run will be the true test for the endurolyte. Meanwhile I will just hope and pray that it works.  Because I don’t know about you but runs with cramps tend to make me question things.  Runs like I had today made me realize why I keep going,  8 miles of hills and I felt stronger at the end than in the beginning!

How was your long run Saturday?  Ever try Hammer Nutrition products?

Oh, PS – Hammer Nutrition did not pay me to say these wonderful things about them.  I just found them on the internet and thought I would give it a try.  But if you know someone there who wants to give away free stuff, send it my way and I will give it a try.  😉