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Hi Running Buddies!

How was your weekend? I hope you got your miles in if you are training for a Spring race!
I'm right in the middle of my 16 week training cycle for my next marathon. After this race, I think I'll retire from the full marathon for a while and stick with half marathons and working on my 5k time. But that is a totally different blog for another day. Today, I'm going to tell you all about a new product I got to try, MESTRENGTH.

Disclaimer: I received a box of MESTRENGTH thanks to Bibrave's BibRavePro ambassadorship. You can learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro & check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews. As always, all opinions, typos, and silly pictures are my own.

What is it?

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MESTRENGTH is a performance hydration mix that includes electrolytes for hydration and creatine for muscle recovery. I know what you are thinking. Creatine? The stuff teenage boys buy in bulk to get bigger/stronger for whatever sport they are into? Yup, creatine. It hast just enough in it to aid in muscle recovery, not make you bulk up. 
You can use this as a pre-workout as well. I've been using it post-long-run and the biggest thing I've noticed is that I don't get a headache like I normally do if I am just drinking water. 
Important info to note:
  • Zero Sugar
  • Zero Carbs
  • Zero Calories

I don't know if I have fellow insulin resistant, PCOS, or maybe even diabetic runners that read this blog, but I always get excited to try a new product when I find out it is not packed with sugar. So for that, this product gets an extra Ginger brownie point* from me.
Plus! I'm pretty sure drinking your recovery drink out of an adult sippy cup gives you +5 cool points on the internets!
It is pretty handy that they come in individual serving packets and you just mix it in a water bottle and go. 
*Ginger Brownie Points cannot be traded in for gingers or brownies. Sorry.

How does it taste?

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MESTRENGTH has 5 different flavors to chose from. Grape, Strawberry-Kiwi, Orange, Lemon-Lime, and Fruit Punch. My favorite is Lemon-Lime.
It reminds me of lemonade I used to make as a kid. A little tangy and not too sweet. 
I will say that some of the flavors are an acquired taste/a little tart (grape). I have a MAJOR sweet tooth so I tend to prefer my drinks to be on the sweeter side. So take that into consideration when I say these aren't on the sweet side. If you are a person who can't drink other sports drinks because they are to surgary or too sweet during a run, I highly recommend you give this a try. Or if you are trying to eat/train "clean" this might be a good alternative to other sports drinks out there. My tummy handled it perfectly fine as well. No issues there. 
Also, I do all my long runs on Saturday and then sometime on Sunday it hits me that I can't drink enough water. When I drink this mix after my long run on Saturdays, I don't have that crazy parched feeling on Sunday. 

You can shop on Amazon.com and use code: BIBRVE25 and save 25% off until 2/28/2015.

The price for a box of 10 is $14.99 +shipping. That works out to be about the same price as some sports drinks or less. 

What do the other BibRavePros think about it?

Question! How do you recover from a long run?

 


Comments

Paula Lee
02/22/2015 2:57pm

In addition to stretching, I drink Hammer Recoverite within 20 min of my long run. I also make scrambled eggs as soon as I get home.

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
02/23/2015 9:53pm

I need to get way better about stretching. And I love to have eggs after a long run!

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02/22/2015 4:26pm

Creatine not only helps build muscle but it also carries water to them so a big plus hydration-wise. Why didn't someome think of that before?

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
02/23/2015 9:54pm

I have no idea but since I'm not a hot weather runner, I need all the help in the hydration department I can get!

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02/23/2015 9:21am

That drink is exactly what I need and look for in a drink. Right now I use a few different ones but none have the creatine and that is something I feel really helps.

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
02/23/2015 9:54pm

If you try it, let me know what you think! The discount code is good for a few more days.

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02/26/2015 10:09am

I participated in the #bibchat the other night with MEStrength I'm glad you posted this review I was wondering about it. Thank you!!

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
02/26/2015 10:34pm

Oh good! Glad you found it! If you end up trying it, let me know what you think.

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I love that you drank it out of a wine glass sippy cup! Amazing. Great review :)

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
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Thanks Heather! That was a Christmas gift and it's pretty amazing. Lol!

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