I’m no fitness junkie by any stretch of the imagination. However, I am training to run 26.2 miles on March 8th and (let’s be honest) there is NO WAY I can do that with just sheer will and water alone.
That being said, I’ve spent quite a bit of time scouring Google and YouTube for tips to keep my energy up for the duration of this run. According to the algorithms and influencers, one of the best ways to kick off the run is with an energy boost through pre-workout drinks.
I’ve done some experimenting and here are my top five drinks to give you a bit of an energy boost if you’re interested.
But before I get into it, I do want to mention that everyone’s chemical composition and reaction to these drinks are different. These are my opinions when I started experimenting. I’m sure that if you try the same drinks you may have a different reaction.
Coming in at number 5 is Reign Total Body Fuel. It was my first time trying this out several weeks ago with a 16-mile run.
Pro: This drink gave me some pretty good energy for the first 30 to 40 minutes of my run.
Con: I have a few issues with this drink. One is that it tastes pretty f*cking nasty. In terms of the sugar and carbonation, it was pretty hard to enjoy (especially if you’re drinking it at 5AM in the morning). Also, while this gave me some great energy from the jump I did have a pretty hard crash about an hour into my run.
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Coming in at number 4 is Celsius. I’ve tested this out a few times in my weekly short runs and a 10K.
Pro: I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. It really gave me some good long-lasting energy. I didn’t have to resort to any chews or gels during those trainings. I was able to last through my whole circuit with one of these.
Con: This is another one that was a little difficult to enjoy. Actually, I take that back. This drink is pretty damn disgusting! It taste like watered down Splenda or a really flat Coke. I figure, if you can get past the taste and shotgun this like a beer then you’re in for a pretty good workout with some solid sustainable energy.
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Coming in at number 3 is On Essential Amino Energy. This is one of my favorites and I use it as my pre-workout even when I’m not training for the marathon.
Pro: Solid energy and taste great. It’s not carbonated, it’s not incredibly sweet and I have a pretty full tank of energy. I’m usually able to break a really good sweat with this drink.
Con: I think this is fantastic if you’re just working out. However, I don’t know if it’s psychological or chemical but this does not give me enough of a rush when I’m up before the crack of dawn and it’s 40° outside. In my experiments, it’s really hard for me to get into my zone from this drink.
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Coming in at number 2 is Celsius Heat. Thanks to my friend Rick Cunningham for the recommendation. It’s 300mg of caffeine and boy-oh-boy you can definitely feel it.
Pro: I actually really enjoy this drink for my training. The initial jump of energy when it’s early in the morning because of the 300mg really gets you going. As of today, my longest run has been 24 miles. I probably could not have done it without this drink. I didn’t really experience a crash on this one either. I can easily go for longer intervals without depending on an energy gel or chew to keep my stamina up.
Con: Quite honestly it’s the taste. It’s another one of those really flat Splenda/Coda type of drinks. Just a little bit of carbonation but not enough be enjoyable. It is more bearable than the regular Celsius but it’s still a little difficult to swallow.
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Coming in at number 1 is Bang. I tried this on a 21-mile run and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Pro: It really gave me some clean energy and doesn’t taste that bad. I didn’t really feel a crash either.
Con: It’s a creeper. I didn’t feel the kick of energy for a good 30 to 40 minutes event with an empty stomach. So, if you plan on giving it a try, then just factor in the delay.
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All-in-all, the use of energy drinks have been a lifesaver. This has been and interesting and fascinating experiment during my training. That being said, if you are training for the marathon then I highly recommend that you do not drink any of these drinks!
I’m a few weeks away from the marathon now and the one big thing that I’ve learned in this experiment is that pre-workout/energy drinks SUCK when your training for the marathon. Reason being, you are going to need to go pee within 40 minutes to an hour of your run! This totally ruins your pace and rhythm.
Thanks to a tip from my buddy Darran Matthews, it actually makes more sense to hydrate really well a day or two before and two kick-off a run with some energy chews. That way you don’t have to worry about going to the restroom!
Anyway, I hope you guys found this blog post helpful and if you did please feel free to share it or maybe drop a comment below. If you want to give any of these drinks a try, please use the links above. Thanks and see you on the next post!