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And now, my new GU review (sorry, I couldn't resist) and giveaway!
GU Gels, Chomps and all kinds of Brews!
I like it when the UPS man brings me a package - lately, I never know what's inside. A few weeks ago, I hit the GU bonanza, thanks to Scott at Outside PR. Quite honestly, I never knew that GU made so many products, and if you will remember, I had an unwarranted prejudice toward GU because of the texture...not that I had ever TRIED it, mind you - I just was skeeved out by the thought. And, in this post, I ate crow and apologized to GU, because I discovered that it was yummy. I was hooked on their Chocolate Outrage energy gel, or as I call it, "melted candy bar" - the cool thing about doing long runs is that you neeeeed to replenish your glycogen stores mid-run, and GU is an easy way to take care of that. The candy bar part is just a happy bonus.
I love having all the different flavors of GU gels to try - I've been wanting to test out their Cherry Lime Roctane, because it reminds me of a Sonic cherry limeade. Instead of having anything else to eat one morning before a run, I tried it - pretty tasty...probably would have gotten the total Sonic experience had I chilled the GU beforehand. They seem to do the trick in giving me the energy I need to keep going on a run, so I plan on continuing to use the GU energy gels during my workouts and long runs. I'm even going to take some with me on my 10.6 mile walk portion of the Big Sur marathon on May 1st.
GU makes several different types of Brew, which is their version of an electrolyte drink. The fizzing electrolyte tablets were far and away my favorite - kind of like an Alka-Seltzer for your water bottle. Just drop a flavored tablet into a cold bottle of water, let it fizz up and dissolve, and there you go - sodium and potassium all mixed up in a tasty way, at only 10 calories per tablet! So far I've tried the Peach Tea and Lemon-Lime flavors and have liked them quite a bit. The regular, 140 calorie Brew, that you mix up into a larger amount of water? And has the same amount of sodium and potassium as the fizzing tablets? I don't like it all that much. It's pretty mild in the flavor department, and I guess for 140 calories, I expect more bang for my caloric buck. I'm sure the overall lightness of the drink would be great about 6 or 7 miles in on a long, hot run - nothing to weigh you down. But I'd probably opt for the (much) lower calorie tablets.
I was also given an orange/pineapple flavored packet of the GU Recovery Brew, which is their protein drink. I have to be honest here - both Jeff and I did not like it. Not one bit. I thought it was bitter; Jeff just said it was awful and he refused to drink more than a couple of sips - and Jeff is my human garbage disposal, if that tells you anything about how much he didn't like this product.
The other product in GU's line is their Chomps - kind of like their gels, only in a chewable form about the size of a gumdrop. And yes, it's another form of sanctioned candy, which of course I love! I've liked all the flavors so far - my favorite being the slightly tart Cranberry Apple. Only thing about these is that they are a little sticky, so your fingers end up sticky - just a heads up on that.
And now for the fun part - the giveaway! For your chance to win a mix of GU flavors and products, just leave me a comment saying what flavor GU gel you like, or would like to try - go HERE and HERE to see all the flavors...if anybody picks the "Just Plain" flavor you have to explain it in the comments, because I do not understand WHY you would choose that over Chocolate Outrage. Just sayin. ;)
This giveaway is open to both U.S. and Canada - woohoo, eh?! Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced next Tuesday.
FTC disclosure: I received a bunch of GU products to try. Opinions expressed are mine, all mine. Giveaway will be fulfilled by Outside PR.