Product Review: Ultima Replenisher

 

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Ultima Replenisher is another sponsor of ZOOMA Napa Valley . Being a ZOOMA ambassador I got the opportunity to try their product. They came in a box of mixed flavors: orange, grape, red raspberry and lemon. I don’t usually drink replenishing drinks before or after my runs/races. I usually just do water. But with the change in the weather here in Sacramento lately I figured now would be a great time to try these out! They also sent a brochure comparing their product to similar products on the market:

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I like that they’re products have zero sugar, and nothing artificial. They are also advertised as using no GMO’s, vegan friendly, gluten free and have no MSG. This is something a lot of companies are trying to do these days. I also wanted to include this statement from Ultima’s website:

“The principal purpose of Ultima Replenisher is to provide rapid hydration and balanced amounts of electrolytes critical to performance. Ultima is a low carbohydrate drink for a reason. Carbs are great for energy and we recommend getting your carbohydrates from food. The problem with carbs in a drink is sugar, which requires digestion and this takes both time and energy. Ultima’s absorption rate is fast because of its low carbohydrate formula.” – ultimareplenisher.com under FAQ section. I appreciate them not adding a ton of carbs, and agree that those should come from food. Their product replenishes  your electrolytes quickly, then it is up to you to get some real food into your stomach! 🙂

So far I liked what I saw. The first flavor I tried was orange.

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It was pretty good, a little on the sweet side and you really have to mix them so they don’t have chunks left on the bottom. I am thinking if I used room temperature water (I used cold water from my fridge) this wouldn’t have been an issue.

The next flavor I tried was raspberry. This was WAY too sweet for my liking. And although their products have no artificial flavoring or colors, I couldn’t get past how artificial this drink looks.

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This is how it will look if you don’t stir it .

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The next flavor I had was grape. I am not a huge fan of grape flavoring but this wasn’t too bad.  

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Finally, today I tried the lemon. I saved this for last because honestly I thought it would be disgusting. I was wrong! I really liked this flavor. I also appreciated that it didn’t have a bright yellow coloring, it looked and tasted the most natural of all the flavors I sampled.

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Overall I liked this products, and when I get more in the future I will be getting the lemon! While I don’t think I will use them for every run, or every long run for that matter, I will definitely be using them during my long & hot training runs in the summer. I did a 15 mile run today and this was the first thing I drank when I got home. It made me feel refreshed and I didn’t get that dizzy feeling I sometimes get after a long hot run. Thank you Ultima Replenisher and ZOOMArun for these samples!

Here is my route for my training run today:

SF Marathon Training Long Run – 15 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

And finally…it happened again. This is my 3rd time falling while running. If you’re running on the sidewalks of Midtown/East Sacramento it is bound to happen- damn uneven sidewalks. A nice man pulled over when he saw me fall and asked if I was okay. I replied, “It happens all the time. I’m fine”. He gave me a strange look – he must think I am really clumsy! Although a clumsy person wouldn’t be able to pause their Garmin mid-fall…I have skills.

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I Have Unintentionally Started A Running Streak

April 24th I started a running streak. I didn’t plan on it, I didn’t even know I had run every day until May 6th. I had been running for 13 days straight. Today is day 17. I feel great! I have recently become a morning person (this is a HUGE deal for me) so I have been getting in most of my runs in the morning before work. It is better that way…I never know if I am going to be working over time.  A few things crossed my mind when I finally decided I would continue with my running streak. First off, how can I do this without getting injured? Well, that is pretty much taken care of. After reading Hansons Marathon Method and talking with and reading my friend Chris’ blog – Marathon Living I knew I just had to be smart about my training.

It really is as simple as that. When people hear I run 7 days a week they think I am running at 100%. Obviously I am not. I am following my Hansons Marathon Training plan – which was only giving me 1 day off a week of running anyway. To break it down my training schedule looks like this:

Monday – long run

Tuesday – speed/strength

Wednesday – easy run (and my November Project Sacramento workouts!)

Thursday – easy run (which was supposed to be my off day)

Friday – easy run

Saturday – tempo run

Sunday – easy run

As you can see, most of my training runs are easy. During those easy runs I do incorporate hill training. Hill training is a must, I am training for the The SF Marathon after all.

Here is my training run from today:

SF Marathon Training Tempo Run – 5 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Here is my *new* running outfit for tomorrow! (Don’t worry mom, I am not spending more money on things I “don’t need”). I was part of a nutrition study at Davis and got an $80 Target gift card. Hell yes! So I decided I needed a new shirt and shorts…among other things. Everyone knows you can’t go to Target without getting a shit load of stuff. And I obviously have to mention my shoesies in the picture. Altra Intuition 1.5. I am always talking about how much I love Altra Running Shoes – I’ve even gotten a few people to buy them based on my blog love for them! Hey Altra, you should totally make me an ambassador 🙂

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So tomorrow is day 18 of my running streak. As I was saying before a few things crossed my mind when I decided to officially start my streak. One thing I didn’t think about, until I was asked, was how long my streak will be. I have no idea. No goal, no plans…I am just going to run everyday until for some reason I don’t want to.

Have you ever started a running streak? How long did it last, or are you still going? 

Fair Oaks Sun Run 2014

Race day!! Race days are the best days! I ran the Fair Oaks Sun Run aka The Chicken Run today and it was my first time. I signed up for this race because I am training for the San Francisco Marathon and need to train on some hills…and this race has hills. They even had names! Grand Daddy Hill, Hernia Hill, The Beast (which was a Beast!) and The Last Gasp. I thought that was funny they name them  🙂

Here is the race route from my Garmin Connect:

Fair Oaks Sun Run 5 Miler by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

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The hills were pretty tough, but I think I handled them well. During my training I find hill work so hard, but in a race it’s not as bad. I’m sure its my adrenaline during a race, which is a good thing so I am not too worried about running 26.2 miles in San Francisco!

At the finish!

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My finish time was 42:45 and I finished 4th in my age group.

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I feel like this is a really over looked race – only 367 runners participated in the 5 mile run. It’s really too bad. Old Fair Oaks (where the race starts & finishes) is one of Sacramento’s cutest little towns! The park is beautiful and the course is a good challenge. Capital Road Race Management manages this race and they always do a great job. There were food trucks at the finish, and a lot of activities for families & kids. I hope more people sign up for this race, I’m sure I will next year.