I’m happy to report that I finished all of my workouts for weeks 2 and 3 of marathon training! Week 3 is the last week that I only run 3 days per week. Week 4 adds one more day of running per week … I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be fine. I also tested out a Vega product during my training! Have you tried any Vega products yet? I’ve read about them on other blogs but hadn’t actually tried any … until now!
Vega’s line of products came about as a result of Brendan Brazier, an Ironman athlete who follows a plant based diet. Vega products are dairy, gluten and soy free, and do not contain artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. As I’m sensitive to dairy products and artificial sweeteners, I’ve been anxious to try Vega’s products.
I was thrilled to receive a box of Raspberry Vega Sports Gels to test out and review on my blog. The gels came just in time to use during weeks 2 and 3 of my marathon training!
I generally use gels on runs that will be at least an hour long. About 45 minutes into the run, I start eating the gel. Since I follow a run-walk method (run for 5 minutes, walk for one minute), I use the walk breaks as opportunities to have a little gel and water. I squeeze some of the gel into my mouth and follow it up with a sip or two of water.
What I liked: The packages opened very easily and I had no problem eating the gel straight out of the package. Although the packages are larger than those of other brands of gels I’ve tried, the size is still manageable. The gel’s texture was a little grainy but I actually didn’t mind. I liked that the gel was on the thicker side, not as runny as other brands of gels I’ve tried. One of the runs I used to test the gel was 8 miles long. I started using the gel about 4 miles into the run and felt really good through the remaining miles. Definitely helped me “FuelYourBetter“! I loved that the gel wasn’t overly sweet. Also, the gel didn’t bother my stomach at all – sometimes gels and chews make me a little queasy.
What I didn’t like: The gel had a bitter aftertaste that intensified if I didn’t swallow the gel right away.
Ultimately, I loved the ingredients in this gel and felt good about putting it into my body but was frustrated with the gel’s bitter aftertaste. I discovered that if I ate the gel in small bites and swallowed quickly, I didn’t notice the bitterness as much. I like the principles behind Vega products and would love to try a different product to see if I like the taste better.
If you’ve tried Vega products, I’d love to know how you use them to #FuelYourBetter!
Disclaimer: I was provided with Vega Sport Gels to try and review on my blog. All opinions provided are my own.