Not surprisingly, the mass produced version of Gatorade is a more sugary, less effective version of the original Gatorade. It has sucrose in it, which is glucose and fructose smashed together, a bunch of dye and a sickly sweet flavor that has to be mixed properly to actually confer a benefit. The body has to split sucrose before it can use it, which puts a lot of stress on the gut while running. It’s no wonder that it makes many runners suffer GI distress upon consumption. One of the benefits of living with and being coached by someone who studies running and having an Registered Dietitian as a mother, however, is that with their powers combined, I get dialed in nutrition and hydration.
Recently, we’ve been working on the exact amount of homemade sports drink that I need to get through the marathon well-hydrated without an upset stomach or having to pee. Our fridge looks like a science experiment but the resultant drink is one of the most delicious, thirst quenching things I’ve ever had and I’m so excited to have a drink that I look forward to during a long run. The recipe and ingredients are basic: water, glucose and oranges.
Then it festers in the fridge overnight and is ready for my workout by the morning!