During this week's 16 mile run, I tried something new. Since the five 4-serving packets of Tailwind Nutrition that I ordered on Saturday arrived on Monday (fast!), I used it this week.
A hand-written note was included with my Tailwind Nutrition. Little things like that are a nice touch. I told my husband about the note. I'm telling you. It was a great first impression.
To prepare for my 16 miler, I put two scoopfuls of the Mandarin Orange flavor into my 22 ounce Nathan water bottle and topped it off with water. I started drinking it at mile 5. One serving, or one scoop, is similar to the average gel in the number of calories and carbohydrates that I normally use. The small packets that I bought didn't come with scoops, but 1 scoop equals 2.4 tablespoons.
3 Reasons I Like Tailwind Nutrition (Mandarin Orange flavor)
- It mixes easily.
- It's clear. No fears about getting orange stain on my clothes.
- I like the mild orange taste. It isn't too sweet or too salty. The first taste was salty, but after that it was fine. There are 303 mg. of sodium per scoop so I won't need a salt pill.
Time/Pace for the Run
Tailwind Nutrition is all that I needed for my 16 mile run, which took me 2 3/4 hours at a 10:26 average pace. I picked up the speed towards the end with two miles at sub-10.
The Verdict on Tailwind's Mandarin Orange
I like everything about the orange flavor and I can't wait to try the other flavors: lemon, berry, unflavored and raspberry (caffeinated). This gives me something extra to look forward to for next week's long run.