Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Quick Running Tip Tuesday - Homemade Gatorade Recipe

It's been a while since I've posted up a Quick Running Tip... no better time than the present. 

Summer is here! 
I don't know where you are... but where I am, it's been hot.  This week is the first week in quite some time that we are beginning to see overnight lows dipping back into the upper 50's, which is great for those early morning runs. 
It's been hot. 

With my Chicago Marathon training in full swing (my first ever 50 mile week is happening this week), I'm taking in a lot of fluids... before, during and after my runs. 

If you haven't checked the grocery stores, Gatorade is great... but expensive.  Unless you're sponsored by Gatorade (and I'd love to be if you could hook me up), you could spend a small fortune on Gatorade each week.  I've discovered a super-cheap recipe for homemade Gatorade that my wife has tweaked to where it tastes almost identical (in my humble opinion) to the lemonade flavor of Gatorade... which is my favorite. 

Here it is:
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (but could use splenda to save a few calories)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of hot water
  • 1/4 of apple juice (the original recipe called for orange juice... but apple makes it taste like lemonade (don't ask me why)... but you could use cranberry juice or experiment with other juices)
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice (or lemon juice if you want a little less flavor)
  • 3 1/2 cups of cold water
Directions: At the bottom of the pitcher, dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water.  Add the juice and the remaining water.  Chill and drink away.  Super quick and cheap. 

I've been doubling the recipe because I'm going through a lot of it and I'm still going through a gallon or so a week.  But, at about $0.25 a jug, it's A LOT cheaper than buying Gatorade at Kroger.

Keep running... and hydrated friends!

Disclaimer (if you're into that sort of thing): Jim is not a professional runner nor is this blog endorsed by any company.  These thoughts are merely the thoughts and experiences on one runner.  What works and what doesn't work from a practical level.  Jim hasn't set any records, but he's run a few races (Marathon: 4h 22m / Half-Marathon: 2h 3m / 5k: 22m 57s) and he's been around the block!

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