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DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
5/1/13 9:23 A

i have a few friends training for marathons. They refuse to drink any energy drinks. They drink coconut water. It is much better for you and really hydrates you or at least that is what they say.

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5/1/13 9:13 A

I think the OP was referring more towards Gatorade, Powerade, etc rather than Monster and its various iterations.

5/1/13 8:22 A

in my opinion energy drinks are high in sugar and for me that is not good b/c then i feel sluggish. So i choose water bc i feel good w/ water.

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4/30/13 10:19 P

NO NO NO. I am not a doctor but I am going to offer my opinion here, and it is only based on my experience and research I have done and what doctor has told me. Keeping in mind everybody is different.

If you look up info on energy drinks, you will find that warning labels on drinks Iike monster, 5 hour energy, and red bull say that excessive use can contribute to arrhythmia or irregular heart beats. Now, I am going to tell you a story but keep in mind these factors...this was two years ago, I was not exercising regularly because I was SO overwhelmed with a really horrendous work situation to the point that I was running on very little sleep, not eating well, having anxiety issues that I have NEVER before had in my life. Well, since I was having so much issues with work I started drinking energy drinks very regularly such as 5 hour energy, monsters, and red bull. I did not exceed the recommended amount on any given day. I began developing chest pain at night and my migraines got worse. I finally saw doctor concerning my migraines not even thinking about any other factor...she listened to my heart and after about 5 seconds, says "did you feel that?" Of course I'm like, uuuummmm, whaaat??? She said that I had a moment of irregularity in my heart rhythm where it sped up really fast and then slowed back to normal.

IMMEDIATELY I stopped taking all energy drinks and cut back on coffee as well. Now it is two years later, I am a runner, I exercise regularly and eat much healthier than before. Last time I went to the doctor (two years later) they told me that this irregularity was still present, though nothing to worry about as long as it doesn't give me any symptoms.

SO, the moral of my story is, while I can't entirely blame energy drinks on this irregularity, I feel that that is when the whole issue began and the energy drinks certainly seemed to make it worse, if not be the root cause of the entire situation.


Sorry for "screaming". But seriously. Take care of yourself in healthy and natural ways.

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4/29/13 2:00 P

I have one can of some Energy drink. My favourite being xyience. Then it's water. I drink my energy drink before my run and water after my run and the rest of the day. Works great for me.

2/5/13 11:55 A

I think the research citations I posted give the necessary information to make an intelligent choice. While drastically over utilized they do have a place when used properly. I tend not to make dogmatic statements, I prefer to cite research and allow people to make their own considered decision.

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2/5/13 4:02 A


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2/4/13 7:33 P

There are a couple of advantages to energy drinks. Firstly calorie replacement, and secondly electrolyte replenishment.

Firstly calories. The body holds reserves of about 2000 calories of readily usable energy, and a half marathon and beyond can start to push these reserves, and 'topping up' with some easily digestable energy during your run can be a good idea. Energy drinks are one option, but many people use something as simple as a handful of jelly beans. Topping up is not necessary on shorter runs.

Secondly, electrolytes. As you sweat, you lose electrolytes (salts). For typical exercise routines, you will get enough electrolytes from your diet to replace these easily. But for very long workouts, it is possible to replace the water but run into problems with an electrolyte imbalance. Whether this applies to you will depend very much on the conditions. In cool conditions, electrolytes are not required. In hot or humid conditions, then you may sweat sufficiently that electrolyte replacement does become an issue. As a rough guide, if you are drinking less than 1.5 liters during your run, electrolytes are not required.

I agree with the suggestions of powders rather pre-mixed drinks. Apart from cost, the other advantage is that you can choose how strong you want to make them - many people choose to mix them up at a much lower strength than is recommended on the packet.


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2/4/13 6:46 P

There are lots of fueling options out there, so it's worth trying a few out to see what you like. I generally use gels if I'm running 15k or longer (starting with half a pack at 45 minutes and every 30-45 after). I personally prefer water to sport drinks, but I run with quite a few people who will throw a bottle of something-ade (usually a mix) on their belt. I also like shot bloks occasionally (they're like energy gummies, and a little less messy), but they can get a bit chewy in the heat. One of my buddies uses sliced strawberries for replenishment on her runs.

If you're training, this is a good time to try some different fueling options. Stop by a sport or running store and ask for some recommendations, pick up some mixes or gels, and give them a try on your long runs. Even if you're not hitting really long distances yet, it'll give you an idea of what works and what doesn't. If you can't stand the texture of gels, for example, you don't want to find that out on race day.

2/4/13 3:03 P

Post exercise electrolyte replenishment has value as does replenishing protein, fats and carbohydrates but there are easier and less expensive ways to do both. After exercise a glass of chocolate milk will replenish proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the proper proportions. Gator ade was developed based on an analysis of the exercise sweat of University of Florida football players to determine electrolyte loss. At one time there was a product named Gookinade which was developed by the runner Bill Gookin based on a similar analysis of his exercise induced sweat. Irreverently referred to as "Bill's Sweat I do not beleive it is still around. David Costill PhD and his cohorts at Ball State University did studies on the topic of electrolyte and carbohydrate replacement following exercise. Here are two URLs for citations on the research.

From an expense point of view Gatorade in powder form is much less expensive than the premixed versions.

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2/4/13 2:38 P

Most athletes do not use anything that already comes in a bottle. Go to a sports store, not a grocery store, and ask about powdered sports drink for endurance events. They will be able to tell you why "-ade" isn't a drink that works.

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2/4/13 2:15 P

generally speaking, when running longer than 10 miles/90 minutes or so, some carbohydrate replenishment in the form of sports drink or gels is necessary.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 2/4/2013 (14:15)
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2/4/13 1:52 P

hi :) i'm training for a half marathon in may i only started running last nov and i was wondering what people thought about exercise drinks like powerade etc ? so far i just drink water on my runs but i was wondering if it was worth spending money on these drinks or not ?

Edited by: PRAHLY at: 2/4/2013 (13:55)
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