Friday, April 15, 2016

Product Review: @makeitmio Mio Energy Water Enhancer

For the last few months, I have been using a great product I found at my local grocery stores for hydration.  They are Mio Water Enhancers.  I specifically use the Energy line.  However, there are three other lines as well, Original, Vitamins, and Fit.  I plan on adding these to my choices as well, especially for mid run fueling and post run refueling.

As you can see in the picture, the water enhancer comes in a little bottle about 3 inches high and a couple inches at it's widest.  It's quite simple really, you grab a water bottle or cup of water, pop the Mio open, and squirt in as much or as little as you want.  Bingo, you now have a tasty beverage, and depending on the line you use, you are getting some caffeine, vitamins, or something else in addition to your rehydration.  Here are the things I love about the Mio Energy:

  1. I like that you can regulate the strength of the drink, depending on how much you add.  Sometimes I want it stronger, sometimes weaker.  More or less is easy with Mio, but not with those single serving powder packets.  You are stuck with the packet, unless you can deal with leaving some out.
  2. I like the flavor variety they offer.  Currently, the Energy line comes in Tropical Fusion (my favorite), Wicked Blue Citrus, Black Cherry, Green Thunder, Strawberry Pineapple Smash, and Acai Berry Storm.
  3. Small and easy to deal with.  I can see the versatility of this bottle as an option to carry during races to add to water and always have your choice of hydration.  You are often stuck with water or whatever product is sponsoring that race.  However, if you run on Mio, you could stick it in a pocket or one of those hydration belts and boom, you have your drink choice at every race.
  4. The taste is great!  I like the flavors Tropical Fusion and Wicked Blue Citrus the most, but I enjoy all of them.  The best part is that after you drink, beyond the normal time, there is no lingering taste.  I have never been a fan of a couple lines I won't mention because of the lingering and plastic-like taste.  Not with Mio.
  5. Caffeine included is perfection.  I always look for caffeine gels, drinks, etc.  It's what I choose.  These are great choices.
As far as recommendations or things I would change, I really only have two:
  1. First, add some flavors once in awhile.  I like companies that change flavors and offer different choices.
  2. Let's make that bottle slimmer and more race/training run friendly.  How great would it be if the bottle were slimmer, maybe had a little plastic clip on it for the waist, and was more sleek!  
I look forward to branching out and trying the other lines in the coming weeks.  Specifically, I am going to try the Fit line next as a method of electrolyte intake on some longer training runs.

Finally, this review was done independent of the company.  I have no relationship with them at this time.  I have not been paid for this review and it is completely of my own opinion.

04/15/2016 Tax Day! 7 miles and interesting splits

I got out today for a decent run of 7 miles.  I started my watch and had no plans for pace or time.  I just wanted to run.  To be honest, I wasn't sure how long I was going to go for today.  I knew I was setting out for a run, but I hadn't decided how far.  I guess I was going to arbitrarily stop after 6 miles, but I was feeling good at about 5.75, so I went for 7 total.  When I plugged in my watch and checked out my splits, the results were interesting.  Here they are:

17:54- 0:16 (2%)8'49"/MI
26:40- 0:03 (0%)8'46"/MI
35:12- 0:14 (2%)8'32"/MI
43:39- 0:05 (0%)8'27"/MI
51:50- 0:16 (3%)8'11"/MI
59:52- 0:09 (1%)8'02"/MI
As you can see, I start off slow and every mile I got fast, right through mile 7.  As I loosened up and kept moving, I was getting more fluid and did feel pretty good.  I had no speed goals for today, so I am happy with my splits.  Total for the week is 25 miles.  I have eyes next week for between 32-34 miles.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

04/13/2016 Easy day, 5 miles

The third day of the run, and clearly the nicest weather.  Low 50's and sunny, it was tolerable, but I need warmth.  Coming off the 8 miler yesterday, I just wanted a comfortable jog to get in some miles and to continue to build the week.  I did my normal loop and hit 5 miles pretty evenly paces.  I ran between 8:17/mile to 8:30/mile for the duration.  

As I get closer to my racing season, I am ramping up the nutrition as well.  The useless carbs and sugars have gone bye bye this week and it's all about the protein and veggies.  I am headed to a lower racing weight to increase my speed.  I have a coupe recipes to share soon that will be tasty and still good for you. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

04/12/2016 Mental Strength and fitness, my long run

I set out today for an eight miler and fell into a smooth pace.  I decided before I left just to run, not worry about how fast I was going since the goal was to go for 8 miles.  I just wanted to be comfortable.  I have to admit, for a lot of the time between mile 3-6, I tried to justify how I could stop early.  This has been a reoccurring theme with my running over the last month or so.  I spent a good amount of time on my run today trying to figure out why.

I generally like to finish workouts planned and sometimes make them harder as I get into them.  I like to think my mental strength helps me focus through times like these.  It is rare that I cut workouts, that is up until the last month or two.  On my run today, I think I figured out why.  It's this God Damn left leg of mine.  I am tired of the needling soreness and discomfort in it every single time I run.  Once I realized that today, it didn't make my leg feel better, but I just said suck it up and run your 8 miles.

I did.

Consciously, I decided to stick with the fast finish theme of yesterday and did the same thing today.  I did mile 7 in about 7:40 and mile 8 was even better, 7:14.  I was not sure where my run would end up overall.  I was really happy when I finished in 1:04:40.  That's a pace of about 8:05/mile for 8 miles.  The fitness is there, I just need to build more, and drop some serious poundage from my gut.

Monday, April 11, 2016

04/11/2016 5 Miler with a fast finish

Coming off a week of no running, I hope for either pain free running or at least a little less discomfort.  That lasted about 4 steps into my run.  I felt the same old nag in my left butt cheek and my left hamstring that I have been feeling.  As always, I just kept on for a simple jog for the first 4 miles.  I paced at around 8:35-8:55 for those miles.  For the final mile though, I decided to finish fast and see what I could do.  With only a mild increase in discomfort, I was able to kick it up and finish the final mile in 6:46.  My total run was 41:56 and 5 miles.  Here are the splitsl:


I'm not sure what I am going to do with the leg and butt.  I need to resolve this if possible, because I am not sure I could run a 6:00/mile pace at all and that's my goal for a 5 mile race in about 11 weeks.  I am going to step up the icing and Aleve and see if that helps at all.