I remember when I first saw Gu in a running store. I wasn’t a runner or triathlete, had no interest in becoming one, and was obviously lost trying to find my way to the bar. I touched the weird foil packet and shook my head at the weird stuff those runners and triathletes eat.
Little did I know that just a year later I would be training for my first marathon and Gu would become a staple of my endurance diet. It wasn’t long before I was buying it in bulk packages and trying to get my friends to try it.
I bought a variety pack, and found out…that I didn’t like all of the flavors. I did
like love chocolate Gu though. Mmm. I shared my first variety pack with my friend Cindy and actually really wish I could tell you what she said when she first tried the Unflavored Gu. But I want this to stay as PG-13 as possible, so I will control myself.
6 years later, I still trust and rely on Gu energy gels to get me through those long runs and rides. I didn’t really know that Gu had other products besides the gel, but I live in Caratunk, Maine and we just quit delivering the mail by horse and buggy.
Not really kidding.
Sorry, I am like a crow. I see shiney stuff and get distracted. Probably why I picked up Gu in the first place.
See, there I go again. Back to the Gu review.
I was saying I hadn’t tried other Gu products besides the gel. Enter Scott from Outside PR (you guys seriously rock), and now I can tell you lots more about Gu products. Thank you Outside PR and Gu for the opportunity to try all of this fabulous stuff!
|For what exactly is in Gu and why it works, visit the Gu website here.|
Gu gels come in a variety of flavors and I have tried most all of them. Outside PR sent me 8 different flavors along with some unknown “New Flavors” of Gu gel, and I found a new favorite flavor – mint chocolate. That stuff rocks.
If I am running long (over 13 miles) it is really awesome to have a few of these on hand to keep me going. I am not very technical and not really good at telling you it increased my energy by such and such percent. I can tell you that when I start dragging, these make me feel better and have gotten me through every endurance event I have done over the past 6 years.
|For what exactly is in Gu chomps and why they work, visit the Gu website here.|
Honestly, I would love to do a review on these but I haven’t been able to do chewy gummy bear consistency stuff on a run since I threw Cliff Shot Blocks up all over Minnie Mouse in the Goofy Challenge Debacle (which I still haven’t written about. I will. Someday.) OK, it was next to Minnie, but I was delirious, it was like 150 degrees with 100 percent humidity, and I was on my 35th mile in less than 24 hours on nothing more than a slice of pizza and a dry bagel. AND I couldn’t find a Gu anywhere. Just saying, that might have saved my butt.
SO I will say this about Chomps. If you prefer something chewy and not a gel, check these out. I checked out the ingredients and it is very similar to Gu gel with the exception of the stuff in it to make it chewy instead of like yummy frosting.
|For what exactly is in Gu Roctane and why it works, visit the Gu website here.|
Honestly, when I first saw this I thought…just another gel on the market. I kind of turned my nose up at the flavors offered too. I mean, really, where is the chocolate?
This is different from regular Gu because it has higher sodium and…well…some other stuff. I tend to look at the sodium and sugar contents and start skimming the rest. I really did try to read all about the OKG and BCAA amino acid blah de blah recovery blah blah, but honestly, I don’t really care about those details. If you do, you can get those details here.
I tried the vanilla orange (that flavor seemed the safest to me, and was actually rather good) on my 13 mile run. This stuff has more staying power than regular Gu, it sustained me for the entire run. I would like to see how it works on a 20 miler though to really test its staying power, but the initial test was very good.
Honestly, I feel like there are so many electrolyte drinks and recovery brews on the market it is completely overwhelming. That said, I am always happy to try something new out, I am crazy that way.
|For what exactly is in Gu Brew and why it works, visit the Gu website here.|
My problem with most electrolyte drinks is that the taste is too strong and sweet. What I liked about this is that it was mild tasting and not overly sweet. If you are looking for a sports drink that isn’t too sweet and has a good amount of electrolytes this is your ticket.
As far as what is in it (didn’t I already tell you I don’t read that stuff?), there is a higher sodium and lower sugar content then most drinks. Here, I unabashedly stole this from the Gu website:
|For what exactly is in Gu Recovery Brew and why it works, visit the Gu website here.|
My problem with recovery stuff is that I am not really sure how to tell it works. I mean, after a hard workout or a race that I push really hard on, I hurt a little the next day. Or a lot. I am not sure any of these recovery drinks make me hurt any less or make me recover any faster.
I know, “they” say it recovery drinks work. I am not sure who the heck “they” are, besides scientists paid by the companies who make recovery drinks. I usually drink some chocolate milk to be honest, I like the taste and I am so sick of the sports drink stuff by that point, I need a change.
Regardless, I gave this stuff a try.
This comes in two flavors, orange pineapple and strawberry watermelon – neither of these really appealed to me, but I gave the orange pineapple a try after my 13 mile run. The taste wasn’t bad – not at all chalky that is for sure which was a nice change from other recovery drinks I have tried.
My take on this is that if you do like recovery drinks, or want to try one, this one definitely tastes better than others I have tried. I get sick of that fruity sweet in recovery drinks after a while, and although this doesn’t taste bad, it doesn’t taste better than chocolate milk.
So here is what is being given away:
- 20 Gu gels of assorted flavors (I am even giving away the mint chocolate. I think.)
- 3 Gu Roctanes
- 4 packages of Gu Chomps
- 3 Gu Brew Electrolyte Drinks
- 1 Gu Brew Recovery Drink
YEAH I KNOW! Lots of stuff right? There are lots of ways to enter too (you don’t have to do them all, but isn’t it nice to have options?)
Check it out, I am going to make up little slips of paper and pull the name out of a hat, all old school (cause that is what I want to do), so you can enter it all in one comment if you would like (or 10 if you want). Or in as many comments as you want. Up to you. Each thing you do gets your name in the hat again. You just have to be sure and tell me about doing any or all of these things.
- Follow me
- Like Outside PR on Facebook
- Like Gu on Facebook
- Follow Outside PR on Twitter
- Follow Gu on Twitter
- Mention this contest on your blog (on your sidebar of contests counts).
- Check out the Gu Website and tell me something you would like to try or a flavor you wish they had.
- Say something funny. I like to laugh.
- Tweet, blog, Facebook about Angela Naeth (@tri3angela on twitter) and the Adopt a Pro program. Let’s see if we can help get this amazing pro athlete a bike sponsor, because she is hella fast on a bike and really needs a new one.
- Send Angela a message on Twitter @tri3angela and wish her luck at Timberman.
Ok the thing is, you need to tell me you did any or all of these things to get your name in the hat as many times as you want – one comment, 10 comments, it is up to you. This contest is going to run from now through midnight on Friday August 27th. I will announce the winner on August 28th.