When the guys over at Precision Hydration asked me to test out their new ‘Precision Fuel’ range, I was really excited. Firstly because it was an honour to be asked to test the prototypes and have my opinion valued, and secondly because anything to do with sports nutrition always gets me going. As a trail and ultrarunner, I spend a lot of time researching the best fuel to consume on the move. I try lots, love some, and dislike more! I wanted to take the testing process seriously and give the guys at PH some honest feedback and criticism if necessary.
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PH sent me a package containing some gels, and dissolvable pre-training carb drinks. I don’t really talk about the drinks in this blog, not because I don’t like them, but because they are just not my style. I tend to have a big breakfast, porridge, fruit or sandwiches before I run, and I enjoy that routine.
The gels however, are what got me excited. I’ve never been a massive fan of gels. Many of them come in flavours that might as well be radioactive, while others just don’t agree with my stomach. As a result I’ve shelved the use of gels for a while now. PH gave me an opportunity to try a new gel, without any weird flavours. If I liked them, they would be really handy sources of energy to take between meals and other nutrition on my long runs.
Testing commenced on a very hot Wednesday. I had already done a 90 minute boxing class in the morning and I was leading a club run for the Bristol Trail Runners in the evening which was planned at ten miles long through the tough Frome Valley trails near the city. On this particular club run, we tend to stop at the halfway point for a snack, so I figured this would be a perfect time to test out a gel. I had my first Precision Fuel Gel exactly at the halfway point. I really enjoyed the lack of added flavourings. The PF gel, to me, tasted a bit like liquid marshmallow. A pretty good taste! Running the second 5 miles, I didn’t notice any spike in my energy, instead, my energy levels remained the same as when I started (good) and I continued that way until the end of the run. This was great news. In the past, some gels have caused me to experience huge spikes in energy, which are always followed by zombifying lows. This was not the case with the PF gels.
The following day, my training plan contained a gruelling 2 hour hill repeat session. I had already been indoor rock climbing for 2 hours and was pretty tired, so I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to try the products on a harder anaerobic and tired session. I had one of the dissolvable carbohydrate drinks before the session and have to say, they are not too bad. Maybe a little sweet for me personally, but I can see why others would like and benefit from these. I packed one gel and a 500ml bottle of PH1000 to keep hydrated. I set off for my first hour of hill repeats, and have to say that I felt fantastic. It was hot and I was tired but I soon woke up and got stuck into the session. This may well be a combination of the pre-training drink and my body getting warmed up. I consumed one gel after one hour as well as sipping my drink. I felt genuinely well energised throughout the session. Very impressed today.
There was one more test that I wanted to do before sending my feedback over to the PH team. The long run! How will the gels hold up? I was due to be in Dartmoor on the Sunday to lead a Bristol Trail Runners club run so I decided to go down the day before and have a play around with the gels. I had a boxing class in the morning and then started my drive south. Sadly, I got stuck in about 4 hours of tourist traffic, so I pre-fuelled with a Greggs pizza and coffee and finished my drive, arriving at about 5pm. I set straight off into the Tors, and didn’t take any food with me but 4 PH gels. I figured this would give them a fair test. I have to say, I felt invincible. I ran for 21km with about 900m of elevation, reaching the summit of about 8 tors. I had a gel approximately every hour, maybe a little less than that. I ran strong, fast, and felt really fresh throughout the run. The gels really impressed me today. Of course, it could have just been the Greggs.
To conclude, I will definitely be continuing to use these gels in the future for my training and racing. I highly recommend giving them a try to see if they work for you. Feel free to use my discount code TM-OVERTHEFELLS on the Precision Hydration website. This will get you 15% off your first order (not just the new products, but anything including the groundbreaking PH hydration products). I’ll get a small commission from the use of this code, and I appreciate your support.
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