As a runner who likes to dream big I am all about trying to find the next best thing that is going to help me get an edge during training. In order to achieve my dreams I can’t just rely on running miles to get there. I need to think about my nutrition and hydration strategy as a key component to realizing my 3:05 dream!
No matter how hard I try to stay hydrated it is something I struggle with. If you want to read about what happens to me when I am not hydrated during a marathon check out my race recap from Boston Marathon 2011. After that race I took hydrating seriously. It’s not enough to think about it just during the race. You need to be thinking about it leading up to runs and post-run. I am very picky about what containers I like to drink out of when it comes to plain water and, I’ll be honest, the only time I crave just water is when I am running. During the day or post-run I have to force myself to drink water. Hence my constant struggle with hydration/dehydration. I’m more likely to drink something other than water before or after a run.
I had heard of other runner friends drinking coconut water to stay hydrated but wasn’t really sure what the big deal was or why this was any different than other drinks on the market to help you stay hydrated. But I’m always willing to give a product a try to see. I expected ZICO coconut water to taste like coconut milk — it doesn’t. It’s light and refreshing. I didn’t think there was any way that I would noticed a significant difference in how hydrated I felt after using ZICO. I was wrong. After a couple of weeks of just OK runs I started drinking ZICO regularly before a run and immediately following. I would drink about 1/2 of a bottle before and an entire bottle after. Recently I ran 10 miles pushing baby C who, at 18+ months, is really no longer a baby. I had no great expectations for the run.
- Mile 1: 8:11
- Mile 2: 7:27
- Mile 3: 7:51
- Mile 4: 7:35
- Mile 5: 7:51
- Mile 6: 7:41
- Mile 7: 7:41
- Mile 8: 7:19
- Mile 9: 7:49
- Mile 10: 7:31
Umm hello what? Sub-8-minute-miles for 10 miles pushing 23lbs of stroller and 30+ lbs of kid? I’ll take it. The cynic in me (and maybe you) is going to say well maybe you just had a good run. Maybe I did BUT I know that I have the best runs of my life when I am fully HYDRATED. So yes maybe there were other factors that came together for me to go on an easy run and have great paces while pushing Colton, but I do fully believe that being hydrated had a lot to do with it.
Remember the post I did not too long ago about my spirit lifting 16 miler? ZICO coconut water was consumed before and after that run too! ZICO according to ZICO:
- more potassium than one banana
- supports rapid hydration
- 5 electrolytes – potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus
- supports rapid hydration
- lower acidity than sports drinks or juices
- zero fat, zero cholesterol and zero added sugar* (*except for the chocolate)
Fun facts about the packaging (again according to ZICO)
- bottle made from 30% recycled content which means a reduced carbon footprint.
- #2 100% recyclable HDPE bottle
- recycled 40x more than Tetra cartons
My children love copying what I do, so when they asked to have some ZICO I figured sure, why not? I did not, for one second, think they would like it. Baby C drank an entire bottle of the chocolate the first time he tried it. He loved it! I’d rather give my kids coconut water any day than another artificially sweetened juice box!
While poking around on the ZICO coconut water website I found some fun recipes using ZICO. Check them out HERE.
Note: I found that all four flavors I tried — natural, pineapple, mango and chocolate — taste better chilled. I packed them with an ice pack in a smaller cooler bag to keep them cool in my car during a run.
BlogHer is giving away $100 gift cards and a case of ZICO to two readers of Mile Posts! Who couldn’t use $100 and free coconut water? That buys a lot more ZICO coconut water or pays for the entry fee to that race you have been wanting to run!
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