When you run for longer than an hour or so, you need to use something to refuel and rehydrate during your run. Over the years, I've tried a lot of products, including all kinds of sugar-laden gels, jelly beans, and chews, along with Gatorade and Nuun. More times than not I end up with the aching stomach that is known in the running world as runner's gut, and it can take me all day to feel better.
However, I need something to keep my energy up, as I have found out the hard way when my legs turn to jelly and I simply run out of oomph during a long run. Plus I sweat like a fiend and will finish a run with a layer of salt crystals on my face and body. But Gatorade gives me runner's gut and the new Nuun formula tastes terrible to me, so I was stuck with just water - at least I was hydrating, but I wasn't replacing the electrolytes.
I feel like a bit of a mad scientist, mixing up our special running potion...er, drink.
We are now on our third bag of Tailwind, and both Jeff and I still really like it. I mix it up in a pitcher the night before our long run and usually pour some into our water bottles and put them in the freezer overnight, and then add the rest of the Tailwind to the bottles in the morning. The bag of Tailwind costs $35, which makes it 70 cents per serving, which is pretty reasonable for us.
My favorite flavor is lemon - it's very light, and not at all artificial tasting, nor is it overly sweet. My water bottle holds 24 ounces, which gets me through most runs on its own, but during my half marathon last month, I stopped at the water stations when my bottle was about half empty and topped it off with water. An additional benefit to having lemon-flavored Tailwind in my bottle became apparent when, around mile 11, I noticed that as the volunteer was pouring water into my bottle from a plastic pitcher, a bit of debris (probably a small leaf) was poured into the bottle, so I dumped it all out and started with clean water. I ran on, and when I took my first sip, I realized that the lemon flavoring had been masking the taste of the water, which wasn't very good. I was really glad I hadn't had to taste that for all 13.1 miles!
As with a lot of things related to running, I'm always on the lookout for something new and magical that will make my running better. And while Tailwind doesn't make me run super fast nor am I able to get through a longer run without still needing a little extra (right now I'm trying out the Bolt chews - jury is still out as to whether they will affect my stomach but so far it's looking good), it's been a great form of fuel and electrolytes that is working very well for both Jeff and I. Tailwind didn't provide me with any free product nor have they compensated me for this review - I just wanted to share this with you, in case you are looking for something similar.