First - their incredible customer service. After my first online order with Hammer, I received a free ($25 value) welcome gift with a large assortment of all of Hammer's products for me to try - which way outnumbered the small initial order that I had placed to simply try a few gels on an upcoming long run. I was blown away - who doesn't love a free surprise in the mail?! I was even more surprised when after placing my second online order, I received a free water bottle, a book, and a handwritten thank you note in the mail. Awesome!
|Like Christmas morning at my house!|
|Remember that squeezable applesauce we loved as kids? Flashback!|
I am still experimenting with how I take my gels and Endurolytes to get the best effect and to maintain consistent energy on my long runs - but my strategy so far is to take two Endurolytes before I start running, and then a gel at 6 miles, another Endurolyte tab at 9 miles, another gel at 12 miles, an Endurolyte at 15, and so on. I've found that spacing out my fueling but staying consistent on the timing is key to maintaining consistent energy and avoiding cramping. Fueling this way has also kept my GI system happy - which is a constant challenge with my Crohns.
Let me be clear - I wasn't paid or encouraged by Hammer Nutrition to write this blog. I am also not a nutritionist or clinician of any sort. I do work in healthcare through, and have had more than my share of GI education over the years in learning how to live with Crohns, and am passionate about sharing what works (or hasn't worked) for me. Finding a realistic and easy fueling strategy is SO important, and using Hammer products for me has truly transformed how I feel during and after my long runs.
|Huge thumbs up for feeling good!|
What tried and true fueling strategies would you recommend?
Have you tried any of the other Hammer products? I am kind of hooked, and am thinking of trying the Recoverite drink next - thoughts?
I am linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thursday's Thinking Out Loud. It's almost Friday - thank goodness!!