Monday, July 30, 2012

Fluid!

I used to do a lot of product reviews, recommendations, and giveaways on this blog, but for the last almost year or so I have not. My blog is where I write about my feelings, emotions, dreams, successes, failures, experiences, and thoughts, I did not want it to turn in to an ongoing infomercial.

That said, I do enjoy getting product recommendations from other runners and some of my favorite products I discovered thanks to posts on other blogs. So I have (and will continue to) post about my most favorite products - products that I use and companies I believe in  (like my beloved Brooks Pure Flows!) I am working on a blog post with all of my favorite running "stuff" to share with you, but this was too good not to share now.

Have you heard of Fluid Sports Nutrition?

I recently starting using Fluid Performance and Fluid Recovery drink and have been super happy/impressed with the quality of these products, how great I feel when using them, and how settled they leave my ridiculously easily-irritated stomach. I ran my long run (16 miles with 12 tempo miles) on Friday with no fuel other than Fluid Performance drink. My energy was great the entire time during this tough run, and the Blueberry Pomegranate flavor was light, smooth, and yummy! It was easy to drink because it tasted so good and went down easily even when I was hot and working hard. I stayed well-fueled and well-hydrated.

Since I am running high volume and high intensity with my training, I have been drinking Fluid Recovery Drink after every run. I always try to get something in me within 30 minutes of finishing a workout and the chocolate Fluid tastes great and gets my body what it needs quickly and easily.

I was so happy with Fluid's products that I started reading about the company and doing some research, and decided to apply for their sponsorship program. I was SO SO excited when I heard back almost right away that they were accepting me at the "gold level" to sponsor! I am happy and proud to be sponsored by Fluid, but I would be using these products even if they had not sponsored me.

Fluid is a natural sports drink and all of their products are low in sugar, lactose free, gluten free, and made 100% in the USA. Fluid athletes are runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, and others.

Fluid Performance is an energizing blend of electrolytes and carbohydrates for sustained energy and optimal hydration during exercise. It contains a dual source carbohydrate system, bioavailable electrolytes, and Vitamin C, creating an all natural and easy to digest sports drink.

Fluid Recovery Drink is a protein and glutamine fortified drink for after exercise muscle recovery.  It contains carbohydrates, proteins, L-glutamine, electrolytes, and Vitamin C, creating a comprehensive and natural formula for muscle repair, regeneration, and recovery.

I have tried A LOT of brands and products for fueling on the run and for recovery (including "normal food" options). My stomach is SO sensitive and easily upset and many products I have tried have resulted in extra GI distress. I have had some success with Hammer products but I have still struggled and have continued to try other products in hopes of finding something that worked better for me. I found it with Fluid!

You can check out Fluid's website here. It's good stuff!

18 comments:

Jeffrey said...

Great to hear about your experience. I'm prone to upset stomach during workouts too and have not heard of Fluid. I will definitely check it out!

Carissa @ Sole Sisters Running said...

Me too on the sensitive stomach. Thanks for the review and recommendation. I hadn't heard of this product before.

Jill said...

I love blogs that are not chalked full of giveaways, but I do like to enter giveaways on other's blogs :). My blog has always been about my journey with running...something for my kids to read when I'm long gone. That said (hahah!) I do about 2 giveaways a year for things that I am emotional about. I am having one next week, in fact - hehe.

I've never heard of Fluid before - I thought I'd heard of it all! Intersting...I will definitely look into it more (I have stomach issues from time to time, too). Thanks, girl!! :)

Caroline said...

I have never heard of Fluid before
I have major GI issues..every single day running or no running. I have tried everything, nothing works and I pay for it during LR and half marathons. congrats on the sponsorship!!

Hanneke said...

Sounds too good to be true with my GI issues too.....
Does this mean you don't take gels etc anymore? That would be great because anyone of them get me in trouble.
I might try it out, probably difficult to get in Canada
Thanks!

Shannon said...

Interesting.... I hadn't heard of this company, but I will look into it now. I'll pass the info on to my Hubby too, who has an extremely sensitive stomach when running LD.

Thanks!

fancy nancy said...

Thank you for this post. I will have to check this out since I have a cranky belly too. Not as cranky as yours but pretty close! It's hard to find products that doesn't make it mad!

Missy said...

I have been using Fluid for recovery forever, and I swear it is the only reason I can continue cranking out solid workouts day after day. It is a great product. I mix the chocolate with my coffee in the morning with a splash of cream, 2 birds with one stone. ;-)

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

All I can say is WOW. I have never heard of this before but I am really curious to try it now! since i too have a ridiculously overly sensitive stomach, i wonder if it will help me. i love that it is dairy and gluten free and that they have both performance and recovery options. going to go order some now - not kidding! thanks for posting this i always can count on you for honest and informative content and opinions that i respect and value :) xo

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I have never heard of Fluid before. Thanks so much for sharing! I will have to keep an eye out for their products!

Vicky Cook said...

All I drink is water during a long run here in deepest darkest Houston and I know I have to start experimenting now with something more substantial before I get into some big miles. I will give this a try on your stomach sensitive recommendation! So just to clarify is this enough for during 15/16/18/20/26 mile runs or at what point do you think you need more and what would that more be? I am so clueless in this area, thanks for any advice :)

Mark Matthews said...

I need to try this. I have had mixed success with Hammer as well, and am okay with the Recoverite, but literally threw up in my mouth after trying one of Hammers gels during a training run. As I age and with every event I've run, I'm convinced Gatorade is just bad so I try to avoid it at all costs.

Suz and Allan said...

I've never heard of this before but it sounds great. I too enjoy reading product reviews because most of what I have that I use for running I've gotten based on a blogger's recommendation.

Raina said...

Good for you for recovering right away after workouts! It is so important.
I will be checking out your Fluid. Sounds like good stuff! :)

SWMom said...

Congrats! That's great! I'm gluten free and I'll be sure to try it! Thanks! I'm looking forward to your favorites running list!

Momshomerun said...

Those are some big containers! I don't drink recovery drinks, but then I don't run marathons. So I suppose I don't need them.

SupermomE12 said...

Vicky and others, YES! Today I did an 18 miler I used nothing to fuel except Fluid Performance and it was great! :)

Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

I'm so glad you mentioned this- I've been looking for something else, I'm not a big fan of Nuun or its ingredients.