Get a Quicker Kick with Run Performance Gum #Giveaway

ZY7Va1Ga_400x400One would think that after running the NYC Marathon 15 times that I would show up prepared. Since it has become a destination race for me, that is less true. I realized too late that I forgot my PureFit bars so I went in search of some in Manhattan after coming up empty at the expo. I wandered in and out of running and food stores and wound up at Jackrabbit Sports. They did not have them either, but they did have Run Performance Gum. Curiosity got the best of me, so I picked up a pack of each flavor with some energy bars.

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I asked the guy at the counter if he had tried it. He said that they just got it in and that it was made by Olympic athlete Nick Symmonds. If you read this blog, you probably know that I am a caffeine junkie. I don’t typically drink coffee before races, but for events that start late like the NYC Marathon, I do get worried about the “lack of caffeine” headache. Despite knowing that you should never try anything new the day of a marathon, I brought a pack along to the race.

Before I tell you how it went, I will tell you about how Run Gum came to be. Did you know that Olympic 800 meter runner Nick Symmonds studied Biochemistry? As he was competing, he was always looking for a legal way to get an edge on the competition. He and his coach experimented with non-banned performance enhancing stimulants. Pulling from Nick’s biochemistry background and experience, they “knew about chemicals that the human body needed to perform optimally.” They focused on caffeine. They liked the impact but not all of the extra liquid from coffee or energy drinks.

Then, one day on the track, they came up with a solution – gum! They say, “Utilizing chewing gum as the delivery vehicle for stimulants to the human body allowed for faster uptake through sublingual absorption. Furthermore, this lightweight, zero calorie option would allow an athlete to run free without the unwanted liquids around in their stomachs. Truly, the smarter caffeine kick had been found.”

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Each piece of Run Gum has 50mg of caffeine, 20 mg of taurine and B vitamins. They say that the gum has five times faster caffeine absorption and gives you a “full tank” on an empty stomach. It is also easy to carry and to take. They suggest one piece before the run and one after or two pieces at once for “extra kick.”

Since I typically drink 3 or 4 cups of coffee per day, I went with two pieces before NYC. I tried the mint flavor. I liked the taste and the flavor lasted a long time. I popped it in my mouth as we were getting ready to get on the bridge (about 45 minutes before the start) and threw it away around mile 10. I also had a caffeinated gel at mile 10 or so. This amount of caffeine was perfect for me. I did not feel jittery and I also had no headache even at the end of the race. I have used one piece of the mint gum several times before running and two pieces at a recent cross country race. I tried the fruit flavor on a car trip on Thanksgiving so that I would not have to stop a bunch after drinking a big coffee. I loved the flavor. I was surprised, as I did not expect to like it that much. (I am usually a mint gum girl.) I shared some Run Gum with Kristin at the Schaumburg Half Marathon this weekend. She and the other gals I ran with liked the added benefit of B vitamins and are ready to check it out, too! I like Run Gum so much, I have purchased a monthly subscription which includes 10% off and free shipping and can be canceled at any time!

The nice folks at Run Gum have offered 3 lucky winners a sampler pack (2 packs of each flavor). Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The contest runs through Thursday, December 10th. 3 winners will be selected and notified on Friday, December 11th. Winners must be US residents, 18 years of age or older and the offer is void where prohibited.

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If you are reading this on Cyber Monday, get 25% off on Run Gum. You can keep up with Run Gum on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They also have a cool company culture and mission. Read How We Run to learn more.

Please note: I was not compensated for this post and I did not receive any free product in exchange for this review. Prizes will be furnished by Run Gum. All opinions are my own.

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30 Comments

  1. Amy Lauren says:

    I always drink coffee before I run! I would love to try the mint flavor.

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Amy! We sell about 50/50 Mint and Fruit and stay tuned to this week. We are announcing a new flavor for a early 2016 release! Good Luck with the contest!

  2. Kimberly G says:

    I love when you stumble upon cool new products when you least expect it! I actually don’t drink coffee (I’m more of a tea girl), but I am going to start experimenting with products that have caffeine for my longer runs next year. Luckily I use honey stinger products and they have a few chews and gels that contain caffiene.

  3. Lauren says:

    I love mint gum and always chew it before races anyways. I like caffeine and have my caffeinated Nuun or gels but don’t usually drink coffee before races because I’m worried about bathroom issues!

  4. Ruth C says:

    The mint flavor would be my choice and I drink a coffee with a doubleshot

  5. Sarah N says:

    I want to try the mint gum most. I don’t drink coffee and rarely drink anything else with caffeine anymore.

  6. Nikki Fahey says:

    Mint gum is my obsession when working out for some reason.

  7. Michele Behlen says:

    Coffee is my choice of caffeine and I think I would like the fruit flavor.

  8. Jacky says:

    I’d go for the fruit flavor. I love coffee and black tea but don’t always caffeinate before a race.

  9. Diane says:

    What?! This product is made for ME! I already love having either gum or usually a throat lozenge in my mouth at the start of the race. I feel like it keeps my chest and throat from feeling so dried up and it also helps me not go through my water bottle so fast. I love love love caffeine and usually take gels with caffeine and my water bottle usually has a caffeinated drink of some sort in it. I have recently started skipping coffee in the morning because my stomach is a mess and I like to avoid using the outhouses 1 million times before a race. Pick me Pick me! Thanks for the info on this product Erica!

  10. Amanda C. says:

    I think this would be perfect for Joe as an alternate Diet Dew caffeine fix! He is a mint person but I would love to try the fruit. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  11. Lindsey says:

    I also drink lots of coffee 🙂

  12. liz l says:

    Mint for me and usually a cup of joe at bedtime

  13. Maryann D. says:

    I would like mint. I do get my caffeine fix from coffee and also I love black tea.

  14. Erin R. says:

    Gosh, how interesting! I can’t handle caffeine after about lunchtime (I’ll never get to sleep at night) but I do like a big cup of tea halfway through the morning. I might like to try out the fruit flavor of this gum.

  15. Ken C says:

    The mint flavor is my choice. I always drink coffee in the morning for the race

  16. DJ says:

    I would love to try the mint flavor.

  17. Ben says:

    I think I would prefer the mint flavor! My go to on race morning is a cup of coffee

  18. Dan says:

    I bought some of this to try once, but ended up giving it to a friend who forgot to drink coffee before an early morning race. It would be nice to have the caffeine without all the liquid that goes into coffee right before a long run.

  19. Shiduna Townsend says:

    Depending on my mood, I would like either the mint or the fruit flavor. Coffee for me has been decreased to usually on the weekend and NEVER before a race. It acts like a laxative for me sometimes.

  20. Cynthia Richardson says:

    I don’t usually drink coffee before running. I would like to try the mint.

  21. I am a big coffee lover and I find the caffeine helps with my asthma, I didn’t know I could get it in gum! Awesome for a runner like me who travels!

  22. Tamieka says:

    -Probably mint

    -I put coffee in my protein shake but I have to say, I don’t notice a big kick from it.

  23. I think the fruit flavor sounds wonderful. I get my caffine from tea!

  24. Beth says:

    I get my caffeine from iced tea but would love to try the fruit.

  25. Angela Saver says:

    I would choose the fruit flavor. Yes, I do drink coffee before I run!

  26. I’m a mint guy. This would be perfect for me. Always can use some caffeine, but kids will do that to you.

  27. Farrah says:

    I’d go for the mint or the fruit! :O

  28. Patty Phillips says:

    Looking forward to trying the Run Gum! I’ve never seen it at any running stores here in the Midwest.

  29. Jessie Mohler says:

    This the stuff for me I would love to try cinnamon

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