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Natural Electrolytes for Endurance: Running Coaches Corner (Giveaway)

Hydration is one of the greatest concerns for endurance athletes and I knew I wanted to address it for the first April Running Coaches Corner Post. Join me and my cohosts this month as we discuss nutrition!

I was provided with EnduroPacks product for review. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

Natural Electrolytes for Endurance. Why hydration is so important and a review of Enduropacks All Natural Electrolytes! Suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

Why is Hydration So Important for Runners and Endurance Athletes?

Did you know that running performance starts to decline with a 2-3% loss of body mass due to fluid loss?

Water is critical to proper performance and functioning because without water, many chemical reactions, including energy production for muscle contraction, cannot occur without water. Without sufficient water, you will experience a drop in stroke volume, cardiac output, and oxygen delivery. Furthermore, dehydration results in an increase in our body temperature because out body cannot cool itself. 

A perfect demonstration of the effects of dehydration.

A perfect demonstration of the effects of dehydration.

Add to all of those issues the fact that we cannot actively consume sufficient amounts of water to replace what is loss through sweat, and you can see how dehydration is a very real concern, and why you can’t only drink water while on the run! Thus why coaches, dietitians, and experienced runners will tell you to carry water with you throughout the day. Just like you wouldn’t eat only while running, you can’t just drink while running!

But sodium is also extremely important for runners and endurance athletes. Hyponatremia is a drop in sodium concentration in the blood. Aka overhydration. Hyponatremia is just as dangerous as dehydration!

To know how you are doing with regards to hydration, I recommend the pee test:

Hydration Pee Test Color Chart. Find out about your hydration levels and prevent dehydration! Suzlyfe.com

For more on electrolytes, check out Kelli’s guest post from last month!

Why Sports Drinks Are No Good

We all grew up with or are at the very least familiar with Gatorade, Powerade, and other sports drinks that promise to boost performance and provide electrolytes to keep us going. But when you actually look at the ingredients included in those drinks, you will realize that you might as well drink a soft drink and add salt to it. That’s about all that they have to offer. 

Gatorade and other sports drinks don't actually provide you with true electrolyte replacement! Find out about all natural electrolytes at suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

In a pinch, they are fine, but emptying that much sugar, preservatives, carbs, and junk into a body that is running a marathon? Probably not the best idea. And furthermore, no, you do not need to chug Gatorade when you are chilling at your desk.

So, what are some alternatives to sports drinks? What are some healthy and effective sport drink alternatives, should I say?

All Natural Electrolytes : EnduroPacks Spray

Though I’ve not been able to go on my long runs over the past few months (though I have recently returned to running after 5 months!), I have been able to get a decent sweat on. Whether running or cross training, electrolyte loss is electrolyte loss. Now that I am back to running, and we are staring spring marathons and the summer training season in the face, it is time to get my electroylyte and hydration plan figured out.

Enduropacks all natural electrolyte spray is a sugar free, preservative free way to avoid dehydration for runners and endurance athletes. Find out more at Suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

That is why I was excited to try out EnduroPacks, an all natural electrolyte spray that is also boosted with 13 minerals to encourage absorption and replace mineral loss in muscles from work. Furthermore, it is all-natural, sugar-free, and comes without any of those tastes or fizziness that might turn you off of other products. It tastes like you added a light spritz of lemon to your water, which is actually quite lovely and refreshing!

Sugar free, calorie free, all natural electrolytes for endurance runners @enduropacks #runchat Click To Tweet

Just add 10 sprays to 16 fluid ounces of water, give it a shake, and go! 

Now is your turn to try EnduroPacks for yourself! 

One Lucky US reader will win a bottle of the EnduroPacks All Natural Electrolyte Spray to kick off their training season! Giveaway will be open for one week (12 AM, April 14th). Enter via Rafflecopter below!

Now it is your turn! Tell me your favorite electrolyte tool!

Have you ever found yourself severely dehydrated or hyponatremic?

Today is also Running Coaches Corner! Link up with us this April as we discuss nutrition. Join myself and cohosts Rachel, Lora, and Debbie.

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78 Comments

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am so dehydrated at the moment. Not from running, but even so the struggle is real. I won’t tell you the colour of my pee though, that’s a more in person kind of conversation haha.

    April 6, 2016 at 6:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you are better! I’m assuming you were ill?

      April 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    What about green urine? Mine is green mid day-ish. I have to assume it is from green tea.

    April 6, 2016 at 6:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Could be. I’ve seen it. But it should be GREEN. Could also be the lighting.

      April 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Christine @ Two Runners Travel

    I actually like sports drinks because of the flavor. I know that probably sounds so lame. I find that during a really long training run or a marathon, I get bored with water and enjoy the taste of Gatorade or whatever is on the course. But that being said, when I’m in lower mileage mode, I go for something simpler like nuun. I’ve heard of Enduropak before but haven’t tried it. Sounds like a great option!

    April 6, 2016 at 6:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can feel you there. It is great to switch up the flavor when you are at the end of the race! This has a little something to it that you could perk up with some extra lemon.

      April 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Enduropacks spray is a great option if you don’t want the flavour! I tried it during marathon training last year.

    April 6, 2016 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’ve read about this spray on other blogs, but the medical professional in me is skeptical.

    April 6, 2016 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I understand your skepticism. But I like that there aren’t any extra supplements in there. That scares me about other solutions.

      April 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I’ve been wanting to try something like this because I’m so over all the extra garbage in sports drinks!

    April 6, 2016 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    I love the pee chart!!! They have these on the back of bathroom stalls at Google haha….ever since seeing it, I have been aiming for a pale colored lemonade!!! 😀 Team color? OMG.

    April 6, 2016 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ahahahahahahaha LOL

      April 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I love EnduroPacks spray! I use it in my water bottle for long runs and stash it my pocket for races. I appreciate how natural it is and how portable.

    April 6, 2016 at 7:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. The ease of use is amazing!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Kristine @ Pink Cupcake Runs

    I am HORRIBLE at hydration on runs! I hate carrying water with me; I haven’t found a good way to do it that works for me so until the water fountains are turned on, I either go without or plan a run by gas stations to duck into their bathroom. Dehydration definitely becomes an issue for me during my long runs. I drink Nuun post run, but I can’t drink it during a run due to the flavor; I just really like my water tasting like water when I’m running!

    April 6, 2016 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha then this might be a great option for you!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    love that pee chart! i definitely drink tons of water most days and have that mild fear of being stuck somewhere/anywhere without water and have to carry a bottle everywhere, and i totally check my pee for color. 🙂 so glad you’re able to run again after 5 months — take it easy and take care of yourself! i haven’t heard of EnduroPacks and i love that i can come to your page and read up on new products. i’m not a big sports drink gal at all — the only time i ever have any is if i grab a lil cup of gatorade toward the end of a marathon, but i never buy it.

    April 6, 2016 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too. I OD’d on Gatorade during a medical test, and that pretty much ruined it for me! I’ll do a G2 every now and then, but this is a far better option.

      April 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Lindsey @livinglovingrunner

    I have seen that pee chart (or the like) and think about it often! I try to stay hydrated, but it has become harder lately 🙁 I am still getting 8-10 cups of water, but my norm is closer to 12-18+ cups. I have several different types of “electrolytes” that I take in day to day but I haven’t tried EnduroPacks. I have read and seen other runners using them though!

    April 6, 2016 at 8:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know what you mean–like when marathoners are saying they only had a 10 miler, we only had 10 cups of water!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    Water is so important and essential to good health. Staying hydrated throughout the day should be on our radar always. Great chart.

    April 6, 2016 at 8:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Only we would find pee so interesting lol.

      April 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I know Tina has also raved about enduropacks I’ve never tried them but might be interested for this summer and my tri training to come. Thanks for the info and the link up

    April 6, 2016 at 8:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for joining! I definitely think it might be a good summer option for you!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I’ve heard of enduropacks before on Tina Muirs blog. I’ve always wanted to try them. My go to long run is water and salt sticks…which I forgot today of course. I usually make a point to drink more during the day if I have an extra sweaty run. Dehydration sucks but I also think learning to cope with it to some degree has some benefit as well

    April 6, 2016 at 8:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would agree… but only to the point that you aren’t truly dehydrated. More that you learn to recognize the signs to avoid!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Oh, dang! I’ve always wanted to try this stuff. I wonder if I can find it in Canada somewhere?

    April 6, 2016 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You could probably get it shipped there.

      April 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Seems interesting. I’m a Nuun user for life though. I love the fizziness and flavours of it.

    April 6, 2016 at 9:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And that is just what I can’t get on board for!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    I definitely race slightly dehydrated, mostly because I don’t want to lose valuable time making a pit stop during the race! But I do make sure to super hydrate the day before so I tell myself it balances out 😉

    I’m a big fan of nuun. It took me a bit to get used to it while running, but I find it unnecessary on most runs and just add it to my water once I’m finished.

    April 6, 2016 at 9:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We all have our methods ;D I wish I liked Nuun!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Julie

    I really do not like Gatorade. I am always checking my pee, lol. I drink a good amount of water and Vitamin Water. And Diet Coke!!

    April 6, 2016 at 9:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOL I wouldn’t take DC on your runs ha!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Jen@bubblyrunner.com

    I like to use Cocogo in my handheld for an electrolyte boost. I’ve heard good things about the spray though! I hate Gatorade–unless I’m hungover, then that’s a different story!

    April 6, 2016 at 9:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahah
      TRUE STORY

      April 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Haven’t heard of this brand! I use Nuun tablets in my water.

    April 6, 2016 at 10:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I tried Nuun, but it just isn’t my thing. I know many people love it, though!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Sarah N

    I’ve tried several hydration and electoyte options but haven’t found one I love yet. I totally agree that sugary sports drinks aren’t the best unless you have no other option available.

    April 6, 2016 at 11:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You might really like Enduropacks!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I usually just stick with plain old H2O but I do like the occasional sugar free electrolyte drink now and again.

    April 6, 2016 at 11:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too. I’m usually good enough about getting electrolytes in otherwise, but you never know what you need to be prepared for!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I like Enduropacks. I like that it’s pretty tasteless so I can use it in any liquid, though I usually use water. I tend to be dehydrated a lot. I’m pretty good when I run, it’s my everyday life that I tend to not drink enough.

    April 6, 2016 at 11:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am amazing at consuming fluids. I also love that it is tasteless!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Amy Lauren

    I don’t actually have a hydration plan but it’s a good thought as the weather gets hotter and we sweat more. I’d love to try the electrolytes.

    April 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You definitely should, being down in SC!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Edye

    I don’t technically have a plan. But, I try and drink lots of fluids throughout the day.

    April 6, 2016 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a great way to do it! You might want to add in a little salt as it gets hotter out.

      April 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply judith

    i use nuun

    April 6, 2016 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish I liked Nuun. I just don’t care for the fizz.

      April 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I usually use Nuun. I get ridiculous salt cravings if I forget electrolytes after a long run…or any length run during the summer.

    April 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is great that you are so on top of it!

      April 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply steph

    hydration is definitely something I need to work on

    April 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers

    Interesting. I hadn’t heard of this product before so it was good to check it out! I actually like sports drinks like gatorade on a medium course run though (like a half marathon) – hydration, fueling and electrolytes built into one. I like the simplicity, haha.

    April 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I’ve heard great things about enduropacks! I would definitely love to give it a try.

    April 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Olena @ candiesandcrunches

    I always have to remind myself to stay hydrated. I find it’s even tougher for me when it’s cold outside!

    April 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Markita @ SweshFit

    I am super intrigued by this spray! It would be nice to carry it around for thirsty moments.

    April 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    Having a couple of sips of Gatorade or Powerade mid-race is always a great way to quench my thirst and my desire for something with flavor to it. But I always try to drink more water in order to balance out the sugar content.

    April 6, 2016 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    Interesting. I am a very salty runner, and unfortunately, drinking water on runs makes me nauseous and sloshy. I do take salted Gatorade with me, because it has been the only thing I can stomach and helps keep my leg cramps at bay. I’d rather drink something else, because I know it’s not the best thing I could be putting in my body, but it’s the only time I drink it. This might be something to check into.

    April 6, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Brittney

    During races, I like to take Gatorade, but during training I generally stick to water during runs and Nuun after. I’ve read about this spray on other blogs but have never tried it!

    April 6, 2016 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply liz l

    Nope, nothing planned

    April 6, 2016 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Kerri Mcgrail

    I’ve never really gotten dehydrated from racing/ running. I drink copious amounts of water all day, every day, so that typically is not an issue for me. I do really love nuun, hate gatorade and other sugary sports drinks, so maybe this would be something that I would like. I’ll have to look into it!

    April 6, 2016 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    I am a huge fan of EnduroPacks!! Love this post and hydration is SO important for health and running performance.

    April 7, 2016 at 12:12 am
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    This is really great information. It’s so important to make sure you’re hydrated, and it’s crazy that people still believe that Gatorade is good for you (though it does help with a hangover!). I drink water throughout the day but have never tried an Enduropack, sounds great!

    April 7, 2016 at 12:24 am
  • Reply Toni @runninglovingliving

    I dont have a hydration plan in place, but I need to for my upcoming races, especially for my first half in June in the Florida heat.

    April 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    I don’t like sports drinks and just use water on long runs. I haven’t been very good about drinking enough water during the day – I think it’s because of colder weather because I’m much better in the summer!

    April 8, 2016 at 7:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I”m a water person as well. And I agree–it is hard to keep hydrated when it is cold!

      April 8, 2016 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I like the handy dandy pee chart! Hehe. I don’t like the taste of sports drinks, but hand me a coconut water (or even better, fresh coconut) and I will chug!!

    April 8, 2016 at 8:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I can’t STAND Coconut water! Lol We can trade

      April 10, 2016 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Christine

    I’ve started each day in the last week with lemon water. i always thought I drank enough, especially when considering fruits and veggies, but I FEEL dehydrated — maybe too much salt, or not enough water considering my activity level? I’m drinking smaller coffees/teas throughout the day to incentivize myself to drink water, and carrying around a smaller bottle with me to make it easier to drink. I have to say, I’ve noticed a different, and I’m happy to see some bloating go down!

    April 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s great! Might mean too much salt indeed!

      April 10, 2016 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Alicia

    I am pretty good about drinking tons of water until I go on vacation or something, then dehydration definitely hits me. I love Advocare rehydrate but it is kind of pricey, so I also use Vega hydrate sometimes for some electrolytes. I am always interested in trying other electrolyte drinks though.
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    April 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I find those mix ins to be so pricey as well, and they often have too much extra stuff in them as well!

      April 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Jordan D.

    I’m terrible at re-hydrating, I have to be honest lol. If I have Nuun on hand, I try to use a tablet after a tough workout. I did just download a water app to remind me to hydrate every two hours.

    April 12, 2016 at 8:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, the first step is rehabilitation is admitting you have a problem, right?

      April 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Erica @ Erica Finds

    Honestly, I mostly drink water before, during and after running. In training (over 15 miles) and heat, I use SOS Rehydrate after and/or Nuun. For LA I used salt stick tablets, too and I like those. Definitely will use this summer!

    April 13, 2016 at 5:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just didn’t care for SOS or Nuun. And I’m not a salty enough sweater for salt tablets. Plus, I just like to eat salt in general, and that usually takes care of it, haha

      April 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

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