|70ml beet juice concentrate shots from Beet It Sport|
When I first started this little trial with the beet root, I drank actual beet juice. I bought a bottle of Biotta Beet Juice from my local grocery store in the health food section. Problem ... to accomplish the 1-2% improved performance that has been achieved with tests on elite athletes, it's recommended that you consume about 16oz about 2 hours prior to the activity. And before a long run of 20 miles or more, this was just too much fluid on my stomach of any kind ... especially the less than pleasant taste of beet juice. But recently I found a product from Beet It Sport that has worked great. They are little individually packaged 70ml bottles of beet juice concentrated shots. The bottles are very similar in size, and somewhat taste, to those little 5-Hour Energy Shots. I've been drinking two of those about 2 hours before a run for a total of about 140ml, which basically packs the same punch as 16oz of non-concentrated regular beet juice. The two 70ml shots are a lot easier to drink, and don't fill me up like 16oz of fluid would before a long run. The only down side is they're pretty expensive. A pack of 15 cost me $68.99 (including shipping) ... or $4.59/shot ... or $9.20/per long run. So I probably won't use them on anything less than 22 miles at a time. That's just too much to spend for working out.
But the million dollar question is does it work? Well, without rigging me up to a fancy machine and recording data from numerous long runs, on exactly the same amount of rest, and exactly the same diet, at exactly the same weight, in exactly the same weather conditions, on exactly the same course, and with me in the exact same shape every time, etc ... the answer to that question just seems really subjective. The science is definitely there and I'm all in on the idea. But to really quantify an exact variation in my typical performance levels at this point would only be a guess. It "feels" like it's working, and I can tell you that I am ABSOLUTELY "fresher" deeper into long runs. But the flip-side is that I think I'm in better shape than I've ever been going into a marathon, and probably faster than I've ever been as well. So who knows. The beet juice might just be an expensive confidence booster.
So whether it's all make believe, or 100% the reason behind better performances - only time will tell. But for now I'm gonna keep experimenting with it. I know this for sure ... beet juice definitely not making me slower!
... be great today!