When running and training for races, I often need some extra oomph to get me on my way or through longer distances.
I do drink coffee, but too much can wreak stomach havoc and give me the jitters. And energy drinks are just not my taste!
Andrea from 7th Mile Run and I recently tested the the 75% energy chews and 95% organic shot blocks, made from things like organic brown rice and caffeine derived from Green Tea. They were great!
“It takes like a Starburst,” Andrea said before reading the Shaklee data sheets which include U.S. Ski Team member testimonials echoing this initial reaction. They didn’t come back up, even with an empty stomach on a long run!
We both thought the second chew (we took a full two for the max single dosage) was a little tart. But for me, it was much better than the strange carbonated tastes of energy drinks.
Clif’s Shot Blocks made really high marks on taste. The Cran-Razz Shot Block was reliable mid-run, melting away in the stomach and energizing the finish.
Shaklee Energy Chews also have the amino acids L-theanine and L-tyrosene, which are said to be mental focusing agents. Along with the Green-Tea derived caffeine, I deifnitely felt focused on my recent running goal–running straight through the blustery Stew Chase 15k and finishing strong.
Even after I anxiously began the race 200 feet from the start line, I paced up quick and finished with enough energy to run a friend in.
Along with my Nathan Spring Hand-Held Hydration Carrier, I didn’t stop once and was able to share shots of Salem/Beverly’s finest tap water. Now I am ready for the next challenge–a half marathon!