Before I begin I just want to clarify that I wasn’t paid to write this review. I bought the products mentioned in this blog post with my own money, and decided to write my own review.
On Sunday 28th April 2019 I will be completing the London Marathon for Wellchild, the national charity for sick children. It will be my first marathon and naturally I’ve found that I have a lot to learn!
I’ve previously completed the Cardiff Half Marathon twice, but knowing that I’m going to have to double that distance for London is pretty daunting.
I usually use SIS energy gels to fuel my long runs, but when it comes to the London Marathon I knew that I didn’t want to have carry a load of gels with me.
Not only that, but I’m in a number of Facebook groups for runners, and Tailwind is a topic that pops up a lot. Lots of runners swear by it so I thought I’d give it a go.
What is Tailwind?
Put simply, Tailwind is an endurance drink mix that can be used as a sole fuel source during exercise by supplying energy, electrolytes, and hydration in a simple form that is easy to digest and has little to no taste.
Tailwind is easy on your stomach, unlike gels, which are notoriously well known for giving its users stomach problems.
How do I use Tailwind?
This was the big question for me. I knew that I didn’t want to carry a lot of gels with me for the marathon, but I also didn’t want to have to carry a water bottle with me either.
Luckily Tailwind can be used in my hydration pack leaving me to enjoy my run with my hands free.
Having never used Tailwind before I decided to buy their £16.45 starter pack from their website. This includes 7 sticks (sachets) of endurance fuel and 2 sticks of their Rebuild Recovery Drink.
To use Tailwind you simply need to mix 1 stick with 500-700ml of water. The idea is then to sip it as you run. Obviously this is designed for long runs. It’s not something you’d like for a quick 5k for example.
It’s advised that you sip it over the course of an hour, repeating every hour.
So far I have only tried the Raspberry Buzz flavour on a 7 mile run. I probably didn’t need to use Tailwind during this run normally, but I wanted to test it out on a run close to home just in case it disagreed with me.
The raspberry flavour was subtle and light. It was very pleasant to drink and not too sweet.
I have to be honest and say that I was very impressed with my first use of Tailwind. During my run I felt energised and fresh throughout.
After my run I tried the chocolate flavour rebuild recovery drink. You just mix this with 500ml of water and consume within 30 minutes of your activity. I wasn’t overly fussed on this one to be honest, but it wasn’t unpleasant to drink. I was hoping it would be more chocolaty!
So far I like Tailwind, and I will definitely continue to use it for my London marathon training. It’s easier to carry and consume compared to gel, plus it’s made from all natural ingredients: Non-GMO, vegan, free of gluten, soy and dairy. I also really like the personalised, hand-written note that’s included with every order!