I've been having energy issues on my long runs this year, even getting started has been hard some days. The people at Energy Bits must have noticed my whining as they sent me a tin of their Bits to try out.
It is recommended you take 30 Bits 15 minutes before hard exercise so I took them with me to my Half (Run for L'Arche) 3 weeks ago. I've had issues getting energized at the start of my runs and last few races and I wanted to see if these helped.
I do not love the smell (they are algae!!) so tried to swallow as quickly as possible. I am quite sensitive to smell and had some gag issues (TMI?) However, as soon as I started my run I felt good and found my pace was faster than I planned. Not only that but I maintained it easily for the first 10k. It's been a while since that happened. The -20 wind chill wore me out midway so I took another handful of Bits at 12k. I had a strong last 5k and felt better at the finish line than I have in AGES.
I tried the last few Bits for my 30k a couple of weeks ago and got out to a steady start with no low energy issues. Praise be.
I was convinced enough to order a bag which arrived last week:
Sorting out portions:
Once again I started out strong on my long run last Saturday, I can't tell you how happy that makes me. I ran 21.1k and took 5 minutes off my L'Arche race time. Finally, I'm getting back to where I want to be.
So. What are these magic Bits?
Energy Bits are 100% non GMO organic spirulina algae. No additives, chemicals, caffeine, sugar, gluten, animal products or artificial ingredients. Naturally boosts your energy like an energy drink, energy bar or coffee but without the downside. Check out their website for more info.
Here's the nuts & bolts:
Next month they will indeed be coming with me to the Pittsburgh Marathon. They are definitely helping me, I have no doubt of that. Whatever it is, I like it!