"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
- Anonymous

Friday, July 15, 2011

I Just Can't Get Enough GU Review and Giveaway

Oh GU
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach...."



Okay maybe my love of GU isn't as deep and Elizabeth Browning explains but it is pretty close. GU products are the first energy and electrolyte products I used when I started running and 2 1/2 years later it's safe to say we are exclusive and I have the stash of gels to prove it.I've talked about GU on my blog in the past here, here & here, and referenced it in several posts. I just when I thought it couldn't get any better I mean I had found my favorites Lemon Lime Brew and Chocolate Mint Gel and all I needed was an unending supply of that and I would be good. Then GU decided to launch some new products the electrolyte tablets and Chocolate Raspberry Roctane at first I am not going to lie I wasn't really interested the new products I had yet to find a Roctane Gel I liked and in my head nothing could get better than the brew but at the San Diego RnR Expo my husband talked me into trying a couple of their new products 1 Chocolate/Raspberry Roctane and 1 tube of Peach Ice Tea Electrolyte tablets to be exact and I have to say I wanted to kick myself for not trying it out sooner and more for not stocking up at the expo.


The Chocolate Raspberry Roctane was so good and it nice to have a go to Roctane Gel, if you haven't tried it but you like the Chocolate Outrage or Chocolate Mint than I think this will be right up your alley.


The Electrolyte tablets which have actually become something I use daily whether I am working out or not if I am planning for a workout I use a whole tablet in my 20 oz water bottle and supplement the calories with a Gel, but daily I make up two 20 oz water bottles with 1/2 a tablet each to drink throughout the day. I took them with me to the bbq's I attended over the 4th of July weekend and instead of drinking soda like I normally would have I would get a bottle of water and add half a GU Peach Tea electrolyte tablet and drink that. Some things I really like about 'em...
...they dissolve completely with little or no shaking, which though I love the GU Brew I have had issues with trying to get it fully dissolve in ice water.
...each tablet is only 10 calories
...I actually like all 3 flavors
...the compact tube they come in which makes it easy to put in my bag and carry them with me where ever.

And thanks to the wonderful people at OutsidePR who sent me a boat load of samples I was actually able to review the tablets and Roctane through multiple workouts and I am sold which is good and bad, good because there is two more GU products I can see myself using in the future and bad because it is two more products I will have to add to my unending supply list.

Enough about what I think I'm interested in what you think and 1 lucky reader will have a chance to try out and review some GU products for themselves...

WIN IT!!!!
1 I Run Because...I Can reader will have the chance to win this

6 Chocolate Raspberry Roctane Gels
5 Orange Electrolyte Tablets
5 Lemon Lime Electrolyte Tablets
5 Peach Tea Electrolyte Tablets


To Enter: (Leave one comment for each entry)

Mandatory Entry
Tell me if you currently use GU products, If, yes what is your favorite products. If no, what products do you use during your running or workouts?

Extra Entries

~Become a Follower or let me know you already are
~ Friend me on facebook.. or like I Run Because I Can here..
~Follow GU on twitter here...
~Follow GU on facebook here...
~Check out my Build-A-Sign review and leave me a comment on that post letting me know what saying/phrase you would get on a bumper sticker.
~Link back to this contest on your blog, facebook or twitter. (1 entry for each)


Since you can gain entries by commenting on two posts winner will be chosen using the name out of hat method. Contest Ends 7/23. Open to U.S and Canada. Winner will be notified in a post and emailed.





I was provided with samples to facilitate this review, all opinions expressed are my own.

138 comments:

Crystal said...

follower

Crystal said...

my favs are mint chocolate and chocolate outrage gu's!

Crystal said...

follow gu on fb

Crystal said...

linked on my blog

http://amiarunnerorjustcrazy.blogspot.com/

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Follower

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

I use GU but have never tried the electrolyte tablets.

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

I'm a follower!!!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

believe I follow you already on FB cause I could only friend request you!

Alanna said...

Still love the mint chocolate!

Alanna said...

Already a follower.

Alanna said...

Linked to my sidebar @ running42km.blogspot.com

Liz said...

I just started using GU and I think I like the fruity flavors best. I've just used the gels so far.

Liz said...

I follow on google.

Liz said...

I like GU on facebook.

Jeanette said...

I currently use the GU energy gels. My favorite is the Vanilla Bean

Jeanette said...

I am a follower through Google Reader

Jeanette said...

I liked you on facebook!

Jeanette said...

I am following GU on twitter @jhooker517

Jeanette said...

I liked GU on facebook!

Jeanette said...

I left a comment on the Build-A-Sign post :-)

Rebecca said...

I like the Gu Brew products.

Rebecca said...

I follow your blog.

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I'm a follower!

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I used Strawberry Gu Chomps when I was training before, and now I am trying a few different gels...I liked the chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I like GU on facebook

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I follow GU on twitter

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I like I Run Because I Can on Facebook

Suzy said...

I use GU products occasionally during my long runs. I usually use Nuun to drink and I've been playing around with my fueling…hence the GU gels.

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I posted a link to this giveaway on my blog: www.therunningcook.blogspot.com

Sara said...

I don't use GU right now. I think I bought one, but I never used it. I'm slightly afraid of gels. I don't know how my gag reflex will handle it. Plus there are so many different brands of gels, I don't know what I will or won't like. I actually wrote a blog about this here

So right now, I use gatorade during my workouts. I tried nuun and I didn't like the "fizzy" aspect of it once it had finished dissolving. It reminded me of EmergenC or Airborne. Bother of which I take while sick, but I don't like.

Sara said...

Already a follower!

Sara said...

Liked I Run Because I Can on FB

Sara said...

Following GU on twitter via @runaroundsara

Sara said...

Liked GU on FB

Sara said...

My sign would say "I run around....do you?" Because it falls into the theme of my blog Run Around Sara!!

Sara said...

Linked on twitter via @runaroundsara

dclugston said...

I love Gu Chomps

dclugston said...

I am already a follower. I enjoy reading your blog!

dclugston said...

I liked I Run Because I Can on FB

dclugston said...

I follow GU on twitter

dclugston said...

I follow GU on FB

runningonwords said...

My favorite Gu is Chocolate Outrage (shut up, I can't help being boring!).

runningonwords said...

Commented on the other post.

runningonwords said...

Tweeted.

Penny said...

follower

Penny said...

like GU ON FB

Penny said...

I like the tri berry and the choc.

Penny said...

I friend you on fb

Penny said...

The bumper sticker would say All things are possible through Christ.

Penny said...

I like I ran because I can

Richelle said...

I follow your blog.

Richelle said...

I like Gu on FB.

Richelle said...

I've tried out a couple Gu products (the mandarin orange gel and the watermelon Chomps). I'd love the opportunity to try more flavors of Gu.

My fave race fuel, however, are the margarita Clif Shot Bloks.

Sanity and Sweet Tea said...

I'm a follower of your blog!

Sanity and Sweet Tea said...

I am now following you on facebook!

Sanity and Sweet Tea said...

I have honestly never tried the Gu products because other than 1 half marathon, I haven't done any long distances (over 5 miles). The only things I have used are the sports beans during my half. I would like to try the Gu products because I will be running longer distances over the next few months as I train for my next half!

Sanity and Sweet Tea said...

I am following Gu on Twitter!

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I'm a follower.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I like I Run...Because I Can on FB.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I follower GU on Twitter.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I follow GU on FB.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I posted this giveaway on my blog.

Karen said...

I'm a follower! :0)

Karen said...

I follow you on Facebook! :0)

Karen said...

I follow GU on twitter! :0)

Karen said...

I follow GU on Facebook! :0)

Karen said...

I left a comment for you on your Build a Sign review!

Karen said...

I posted a link to this giveaway on my blog homepage! :0)

Sarah said...

I love espresso love, but have been wanting to try the tablets

Sarah said...

I'm a follower

Sarah said...

I like you on FB

Sarah said...

I follow GU on twitter

Sarah said...

I left a comment on your build a sign review

Sarah said...

I tweeted your giveaway (and I'm following you now)

Sarah said...

I linked your giveaway on my sidebar

Cynthia said...

I use GU gels. I like the triberry the most. I have some Roctane gels and electrolyte tablets I got for free in a goodie bag at Seattle RnR but I haven't used them yet. Can't wait to try them out tho!

Cynthia said...

I am now a follower of your blog and can't believe i wasn't before!

Cynthia said...

I like I Run Because I can on FB

Cynthia said...

I follow GU on twitter

Cynthia said...

I follow GU on FB

Sara said...

Yay! I love love love Chocolate Outrage and so I would love to try the Raspberry Roctane Gels! I have never tried any electrolyte tabs so I would also like to try that. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sara said...

I am a follower.

Sara said...

I friended/liked you on FB too.

Sara said...

I am following GU on Twitter.

Sara said...

I like GU on FB too.

Sara said...

Linked on my Blog

Sara said...

Tweeted your giveaway

Sara said...

Shared on my FB and pace group FB too.

Sara said...

Commented on your sign post - great stuff!

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

I am a follower.

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

I use GU to fuel my runs sometimes, chomps and gels.

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

I like Gu on FB.

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

I follow Gu on Twitter.

Jeanette said...

I posted this givaway on my blog. It is on the right hand side bar.

jaihook.blogspot.com

Tiffanyblue_girl said...

I was introduced to GU by a friend who often mentioned it in her FB & Blog quotes. I had tried the Clif shot bloks and while they tasted ok, I wasn't fond of them sticking in my teeth (especially while running).

I have tried the Vanilla Bean, because so many say it tastes like vanilla frosting... I don't think it does blah! I have also tried the Orange and Strawberry Banana. The orange is great for my early morning races/runs as it has caffeine. The Strawberry Banana is great for my evening runs. Sucks when I forget I shouldn't use my Irange GU at 8 PM, but my house gets clean.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE GU and have even suggested it to friends regularly. Like you I am leary to venture from the flavors I like or the Gels.So maybe winning this giveaway will get me too!

Running Moose said...

I am a follower!

Running Moose said...

I currently use Clif Shot Gels (love their Mocha)

Running Moose said...

I like I Run Because I Can!

Running Moose said...

I follow Gu on Twitter!

Running Moose said...

I like Gu on FB!

Running Moose said...

And I posted a link on my blog (just added it to the top left- I LOVE contests!)

bobbie said...

I LOVE Pineapple Roctane GU :)

bobbie said...

Follow your blog already !

bobbie said...

Sent a friend request on FB

bobbie said...

Already follow GU on twitter

bobbie said...

Like GU on FB

Katey said...

I've never tried GU. I use zym tablets - and they are amazing!

Katey said...

I am a follower of your blog!

Cheryl said...

Have never tried GU, use Electro Mix in my water currently -but am going to need some sort of gels for the Half I am training for.

proudpatriot07 said...

I haven't really used any Gu products that much, but I have tried some of the gels before longer races. It's definitely good to have an extra boost of carbs/nutrients on race day.

Amy Lauren
proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

proudpatriot07 said...

Also, I am a blog follower.

Amy Lauren
proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

proudpatriot07 said...

Also, I follow Gu on facebook.

Amy Lauren
proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I currently use the Lemon/SubLime GU gel packs on my long runs. Haven't tried any other flavors yet because I like these so much

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I am a follower

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I liked you on fbook

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I follow GU on twitter

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I liked GU on fbook

Kitzzy said...

Chocolate mint is my favorite gu flavor and I use the roctanes for races.

Kitzzy said...

I follow your blog

Lucy said...

I am one of your followers

Lucy said...

I like you on FB and sent a friend request

Lucy said...

I follow GU on twitter

Lucy said...

I like GU on FB

Amy's Blog said...

I use gu and gu brew( lemon lime) I have some of the chewy things too.

Amy's Blog said...

I follow your blog

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I use GU brew. It's got some great flavors to them.

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I follow you.

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I follow GU on facebook

bobbi said...

Chocolate outrage GU is my go-to fuel. It's all I use.

bobbi said...

I follow you!

bobbi said...

I follow GU on fb

bobbi said...

I like you on fb

Randi S said...

I don't currently bc I've ran out and am going through Cliff Bars but I need some Gu. I liked most of them...not pineapple or ...can't remember the newest flavor. yuck.

Randi S said...

I've added you as a friend on FB (Randi S)

Randi S said...

I like I Run Bc I Can on FB (Randi S)

Randi S said...

I follow Gu on Twitter (@sclubmama)

Randi S said...

I follow Gu on Twitter (@sclubmama)

Randi S said...

I follow Gu on FB (Randi S)