Monday, July 21, 2014

Vega Sport Endurance Gel Review

As you know, I'm currently training for Half Marathon #4. Training isn't about just getting in the miles and increasing your speed, it's about learning to properly fuel your body.  It took me awhile to recognize the importance of eating properly before, during and after exercise. I experimented with a lot of different foods before I found what worked best for me. I also have Crohn's Disease so I have to be really careful about what I eat. I never try anything new on race day!
I always eat either a piece of toast and peanut butter oatmeal before I run (or race) and an apple (or banana) and peanut butter immediately after. 
During my runs (training and races) I've been using gel cubes. I've never actually used a squeeze gel so I am excited to be reviewing the Vega Sport Endurance Gel as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. 

A plant-based, all-natural energy gel, formulated to provide instant and sustained energy plus electrolytes and vitamins during workouts.
Developed for easy on-the-run digestion and featuring whole food ingredients,Vega Endurance Gel is free from high fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin. Plus,Vega Sport Endurance Gel is the only gel on the market to feature coconut oil, a medium-chain triglyceride metabolized in the liver to provide instant, non-carbohydrate energy.
London couldn't wait to tear into the box when we picked it up from the mailbox. 

Ready to get my running gear on and try it out!
                              
I've now used the Vega Sport Gel three times. Twice during my workout and once before. The Vega Team recommends a pouch every 30-45 minutes of exercise. You can also take one 30-45 minutes BEFORE you workout to fuel your better.

THE FIRST TIME: I didn't want to wait until my long run to try it, so I brought a pouch with me during a 6 mile run last Tuesday. Since I was doing 55 minutes, I stopped at the half way point and downed it. I chased it with some water (like I usually do with gels) and started running again. I usually don't stop to take my gels but I don't think I'm coordinated enough t open the pouch and drink it without a) spilling on myself b) running into someone/something. 

TASTE: I received the raspberry flavour (it also comes in Orange Zest) and really enjoyed it! It tasted a bit gritty but I was okay with the texture. The pouches are small but, don't be deceived, there's a LOT in them.

BONUS: The gels are gluten, daily and soy free and didn't upset my sensitive stomach.

HOW IT WORKED FOR ME: After my first taste, I bumped up my speed (I was on the treadmill) and feeling great! The gel helped give me that extra boost I needed to keep going and finish strong. During my long run on Saturday I was battling wind and hills and it gave me the strength to push through both. 

WILL I USE IT AGAIN:  You bet! I'm going to bring it out on my long runs for the rest of my current half marathon training. 



How do you "Fuel Your Better?"
What is your typical run/race day fuel strategy?
What's your favourite thing to eat after a race? 

#fuelyourbetter, #vegasport, #vegafueled
Disclosure: I received these products free of charge to post a review. As always, my opinions are my own.

7 comments:

  1. Do you notice a comparable difference between these and the cubes you were using. What cubes were you previously using?

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    1. I use ShotBloks and LOVE them! (Especially Mountain Berry!) I didn't notice a difference in energy during training but it'll be interesting to see what they're like during a race. The gel was really tasty!! My only concern (and I probably should have mentioned this but just thought of it now) is that I usually don't stop during a race so it may be hard to open the pouch and drink it while running?.... What do you usually use?

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  2. I'm glad you found something to incorporate into your HM training! This might sound weird, but I fuel with fats. It works so much better/is healthier. Although, I like to randomly eat Clif shot bloks as candy/a treat. Hahaha

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    1. I've never tried anything else just because that's what I read most people did, haha! What fats? I'm always up for trying new things! PS You may have a shout-out in tomorrow's post... :P

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  3. I've heard of fueling with fats. Friends of mine did straight up coconut oil during the Super Spartan last year. I tired some, the taste and texture was terrible, but it helps for sure. I've used Honey Stingers as pre-run fuel or else I drink Athletic Alliance Rocket drink. Both work great and are super yummy. I sometimes am not a fan of Vega product texture, but would be interested to give those a try some time. You know, because I do SO many long runs lol

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  4. I LOVE Vega products! I'm a fan of everything of their's I've tried. However last year during all my training runs for Seawheeze I stuck with Gu gels, and then made the mistake of trying the Vega gel the day of the race (I knowww, I knowww....never try anything new on race day!). It didn't upset my stomach or anything, but I found I didn't get quite the same "zing" as I do from the more processed gels. I'm not really sure if that's a good or a bad thing haha. Since then I've stuck with my regular Gu gels (the vanilla bean tastes like a Cadbury Creme Egg!) and I use Clif Bloks while cycling.

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  5. I find them gritty too, but I enjoyed them also! (I'm part of this campaign but actually chose the protein bars!). I used to be bad at fueling; especially protein afterwards, so I love having the bars on hand to make sure I'm taking it in when my muscles really need it!! Hope your training is going well. I really want to run a half in September, but I haven't register, and I just don't know how fast I'd be!!

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