Friday, August 13, 2010

Gu Products Review and Giveaway

I remember when I first saw Gu in a running store.  I wasn't a runner or triathlete, had no interest in becoming one, and was obviously lost trying to find my way to the bar.  I touched the weird foil packet and shook my head at the weird stuff those runners and triathletes eat.

Little did I know that just a year later I would be training for my first marathon and Gu would become a staple of my endurance diet.  It wasn't long before I was buying it in bulk packages and trying to get my friends to try it.

I bought a variety pack, and found out...that I didn't like all of the flavors.  I did like love chocolate Gu though.  Mmm.  I shared my first variety pack with my friend Cindy and actually really wish I could tell you what she said when she first tried the Unflavored Gu.  But I want this to stay as PG-13 as possible, so I will control myself. 

6 years later, I still trust and rely on Gu energy gels to get me through those long runs and rides.  I didn't really know that Gu had other products besides the gel, but I live in Caratunk, Maine and we just quit delivering the mail by horse and buggy.

Not really kidding.

Sorry, I am like a crow. I see shiney stuff and get distracted. Probably why I picked up Gu in the first place.

See, there I go again.  Back to the Gu review.

I was saying I hadn't tried other Gu products besides the gel.  Enter Scott from Outside PR (you guys seriously rock), and now I can tell you lots more about Gu products. Thank you Outside PR and Gu for the opportunity to try all of this fabulous stuff!

Gu Gels
For what exactly is in Gu and why it works, visit the Gu website here.
Gu gels come in a variety of flavors and I have tried most all of them.  Outside PR sent me 8 different flavors along with some unknown "New Flavors" of Gu gel, and I found a new favorite flavor - mint chocolate.  That stuff rocks. 

If I am running long (over 13 miles) it is really awesome to have a few of these on hand to keep me going.  I am not very technical and not really good at telling you it increased my energy by such and such percent. I can tell you that when I start dragging, these make me feel better and have gotten me through every endurance event I have done over the past 6 years.

Gu Chomps
For what exactly is in Gu chomps and why they work, visit the Gu website here.

Honestly, I would love to do a review on these but I haven't been able to do chewy gummy bear consistency stuff on a run since I threw Cliff Shot Blocks up all over Minnie Mouse in the Goofy Challenge Debacle (which I still haven't written about. I will. Someday.)  OK, it was next to Minnie, but I was delirious, it was like 150 degrees with 100 percent humidity, and I was on my 35th mile in less than 24 hours on nothing more than a slice of pizza and a dry bagel.  AND I couldn't find a Gu anywhere.  Just saying, that might have saved my butt.

SO I will say this about Chomps. If you prefer something chewy and not a gel, check these out.  I checked out the ingredients and it is very similar to Gu gel with the exception of the stuff in it to make it chewy instead of like yummy frosting.

GU Roctane
For what exactly is in Gu Roctane and why it works, visit the Gu website here.
Honestly, when I first saw this I thought...just another gel on the market. I kind of turned my nose up at the flavors offered too. I mean, really, where is the chocolate? 

This is different from regular Gu because it has higher sodium and...well...some other stuff.   I tend to look at the sodium and sugar contents and start skimming the rest.  I really did try to read all about the OKG and BCAA amino acid blah de blah recovery blah blah, but honestly, I don't really care about those details.  If you do, you can get those details here.

I tried the vanilla orange (that flavor seemed the safest to me, and was actually rather good) on my 13 mile run.   This stuff has more staying power than regular Gu, it sustained me for the entire run.  I would like to see how it works on a 20 miler though to really test its staying power, but the initial test was very good. 

GU Electrolyte and Recovery Brews

Honestly, I feel like there are so many electrolyte drinks and recovery brews on the market it is completely overwhelming.  That said, I am always happy to try something new out, I am crazy that way. 
For what exactly is in Gu Brew and why it works, visit the Gu website here.
My problem with most electrolyte drinks is that the taste is too strong and sweet. What I liked about this is that it was mild tasting and not overly sweet.  If you are looking for a sports drink that isn't too sweet and has a good amount of electrolytes this is your ticket.

As far as what is in it (didn't I already tell you I don't read that stuff?), there is a higher sodium and lower sugar content then most drinks.  Here, I unabashedly stole this from the Gu website:

Recovery Brew

For what exactly is in Gu Recovery Brew and why it works, visit the Gu website here.

My problem with recovery stuff is that I am not really sure how to tell it works. I mean, after a hard workout or a race that I push really hard on, I hurt a little the next day.  Or a lot.  I am not sure any of these recovery drinks make me hurt any less or make me recover any faster.

I know, "they" say it recovery drinks work.   I am not sure who the heck "they" are, besides scientists paid by the companies who make recovery drinks.  I usually drink some chocolate milk to be honest, I like the taste and I am so sick of the sports drink stuff by that point, I need a change.

Regardless, I gave this stuff a try.

This comes in two flavors, orange pineapple and strawberry watermelon - neither of these really appealed to me, but I gave the orange pineapple a try after my 13 mile run.  The taste wasn't bad - not at all chalky that is for sure which was a nice change from other recovery drinks I have tried. 

My take on this is that if you do like recovery drinks, or want to try one, this one definitely tastes better than others I have tried.  I get sick of that fruity sweet in recovery drinks after a while, and although this doesn't taste bad, it doesn't taste better than chocolate milk. 

The guys at Gu and Outside PR completely hooked me up with enough Gu products to try, review, and then share with you guys.  Again, thank you so much.

So here is what is being given away:

  • 20 Gu gels of assorted flavors (I am even giving away the mint chocolate.  I think.)
  • 3 Gu Roctanes
  • 4 packages of Gu Chomps
  • 3 Gu Brew Electrolyte Drinks
  • 1 Gu Brew Recovery Drink
YEAH I KNOW! Lots of stuff right? There are lots of ways to enter too (you don't have to do them all, but isn't it nice to have options?) 

Check it out, I am going to make up little slips of paper and pull the name out of a hat, all old school (cause that is what I want to do), so you can enter it all in one comment if you would like (or 10 if you want). Or in as many comments as you want.  Up to you.  Each thing you do gets your name in the hat again.  You just have to be sure and tell me about doing any or all of these things.
  1. Follow me
  2. Like Outside PR on Facebook
  3. Like Gu on Facebook 
  4. Follow Outside PR on Twitter
  5. Follow Gu on Twitter 
  6. Mention this contest on your blog (on your sidebar of contests counts).
  7. Check out the Gu Website and tell me something you would like to try or a flavor you wish they had.
  8. Say something funny. I like to laugh.
  9. Tweet, blog, Facebook about Angela Naeth (@tri3angela on twitter) and the Adopt a Pro program.  Let's see if we can help get this amazing pro athlete a bike sponsor, because she is hella fast on a bike and really needs a new one.
  10. Send Angela a message on Twitter @tri3angela and wish her luck at Timberman.
Ok the thing is, you need to tell me you did any or all of these things to get your name in the hat as many times as you want - one comment, 10 comments, it is up to you.  This contest is going to run from now through midnight on Friday August 27th.  I will announce the winner on August 28th.


Matty O said...

I follow you (hmmm that sounds kinda creepy huh?)

Like Outside PR on FB

Like Gu on FB

I would love to have garlic mashed potatoes GU... dead serious, when you run those long runs sometimes you miss dinner... just saying.

OR, beer flavored GU that will make it go down easy.

So that is 4 entries for me. Unless I made you laugh, then that would be 5 entries.

Funny story bout GU, when I first was introduced to it, was for my first marathon in Chicago back in 2001. My buddy at the time goes, well, you have to get used to eating these... I go WHY? He goes, well because it has the consistency of _ _ _. (You can fill in the blanks) I don't know from experience, but if that is true... man that is messed up. To this day I have issues putting these things down mainly because of the visual my buddy has forever ingrained my mind (I hate him for this by the way).

Emz said...

I'm a gu roctane girl! YAY!

And you know I'm a twitter/FB loser but I love ya!!

Caratunk Girl said...

Matty O - you made me laugh! you get 5! LOL that story is a riot BTW!!

Caratunk Girl said...

Emz - no worries! It took me along time to get on FB/Twitter!

Jon said...

I cried the first time I had a chocolate Gu. Not kidding! was so freaking sweet tasting that my eyes started to uncontrollably water. I had a great ride!

Christi said...

I like the Gu vanilla flavor! I know pretty boring but I am not looking for something yummy when I run!

I did blog about Angela does that count? I like Gu and Outside PR on facebook.

Thanks for the sharing the give away info!

Glenn Jones said...

So - step 1 done. I follow you (even on Twitter). And now I know what I'm doing Saturday morning. There's quite a list of to do's there!

She said I need a goal said...

I doubt your giveaway counts to Canada but wanted to say thanks for the post, I'm going to look into some/all of these. I don't find I need these products yet with my training schedule but I'm pretty sure I will very soon and this post has loads of great info. YAY!

T S said...

I bought Gu Roctane to try for one 1/2 marathon - I was so excited to give it a whirl because I had heard so many good things. I had heard that you could pin them to your shorts and carry them that way, so that's what I did...except that it was early morning and I ended up pinning it through the gel. There's nothing like being covered in sticky GU at 6:30 in the morning!

You do need to tell the Goofy Challenge debacle story now!


Dang.... I am going to have to buy some for IMKY if the contest ends on the 27th... but even so, I am going to try the chomps for the first time on the bike and run... shoot, they might even be handing out gel on the run. Dang hard way to get something for free, though....entering an IM that is...

word verification is ingui... is that a sign??

Laura said...

Already follow you. :)

Laura said...

I love Shotblox by Cliff.. would love to try the Chomps by Gu.

Laura said...

checked out the site and would like to check out the Jet Blackberry Gu. I started out on Gu back in the day - much like you.

Laura said...

Short and sweet link to this give away:

Rachelle said...

The best thing the Gu company ever did was change mint chocolate from a seasonal (Christmas) flavor to a year round product. That is seriously the only Gu flavor I eat (if that's what you call it). I'll eat the occasional mocha goop from other companies, but primarily Gu's mint chocolate. I had Gu chomps for the first time the other day in between a 20 mile bike and a 7 mile run. It was the strawberry flavor and was really tasty and worked well.

Anne-Marie said...

Great post, I really enjoyed reading about this. I didn't realize Gu had so many other products, like recovery stuff.

I'm now a follower of your blog and I'm also following Gu and Outside PR on FB. I'd like to try the Roctanes since I have a full IM, half marathon and full marathon coming up between now and Nov. and it sounds like those could be a great energy source.

I remember the first time I tried a Gu, it was in a 10k (trying something new on race day -- rookie mistake!) and I gagged and almost threw up. I actually enjoy them now - my favorite flavor is lemon lime. The only issue I have is that on long rides, I always forget which bike jersey pockets I put the "used" ones in when reaching for a new one, and inevitably end up with sticky fingers/brakes/bars. Oh well.

DRog said...

I follow...LOVE that Vanilla Orange roctane GU! it tastes like Orange Creamsicle? love the draw the name out of the hat sorta fits into the whole Caratunk motif?!

She said I need a goal said...

argh!! ok i follow you

She said I need a goal said...

And I started to follow outsidepr on twitter

She said I need a goal said...

AND I'm following GUenergylab on twitter too (I'm really hoping I read your post right and this is my third entry)

She said I need a goal said...

AND I linked to the contest in my latest blog entry, I updated the one from this morning.

Black Knight said...

Interesting products, they sounds very very good. I never saw them here in Italy. I give the chance to other runners closer to you. Ciao from sunny Italia.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I follow you like a tridisciple

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I like Outside PR on FB

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I like Gu on FB

Jenna Z said...

I follow your blog.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I follow Outside PR on Twitter

Jenna Z said...

I follow outside PR on twitter.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I follow Gu on Twitter

Jenna Z said...

I follow GU on twitter.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I linked in my sidebar

Jenna Z said...

I'd like to see a cookie dough or a cookies and cream flavor!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

My favorite Captcha phrase recently is "RestedHo" - they are so much less cranky if they've gotten their sleep

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I wish Gu would make a Nutella gel

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I'm already a follower of your awesome blog! :)

I "liked" Outside PR on FB! How can I not...they sent me a Sugoi tri top that rocks!

I would love to try Gu Roctane! Oh...and I'm stealing Kovas' idea of Nutella flavored...yum!

I "like" Gu on FB!

Rachel Wasserman said...

i follow you

Rachel Wasserman said...

i follow gu on twitter

Rachel Wasserman said...

i have only tried a few gu flavors - went to website and would love to try their powdered products - especially for on the bike when i'm trying to get in fluids.

Lindsey said...

I'm a follower of your blog:)

Lindsey said...

I liked Outside PR on facebook!

misszippy said...

I follow

misszippy said...

Like GU on FB

misszippy said...

Like Outside PR on FB

misszippy said...

Posting on my blog

RunMom said...

Ok is it totally wrong if I enter your giveaway when I am running nearly the exact same giveaway right now on my blog? I'm even also forgoing to let my daughter pull names out of a bowl. Seriously, I'm not making this up. I'll prove it Your readers should all go enter mine and my readers should enter yours and double their chances. I'm totally posting this on FB & Twitter, but I will refrain from entering even though I really really really want to.

Molly said...

I follow you. Duh!!

Molly said...

follow outside PR on twitter.

Molly said...

follow GU on twitter. I really do like GU over anything else I've tried.

Molly said...

I'm jonesing for the Chocolate Mint!

Molly said...

My husband has three kidneys.

(true! It's okay to laugh)

*~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy said...

I'm a new follower!

*~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy said...

I linked this on my blog

*~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy said...

I'm a FB fan of Outside PR

*~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy said...

I'm a FB fan of Gu

*~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy said...

I'm curious about the new Mandarin Orange flavor. I've heard others say it's pretty bad, but I like citrus flavors so I'd like to give it a whirl

*~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy said...

Something funny? Hmmm....a white horse fell in the mud. Sorry, that's dirty.
I've only had a few sips of wine so give me a few minutes and I'm sure to come up with a doozy!

Molly said...

I sent Angela some good vibes.

Maria@HuffandBuff said...

I follow you.
I like Outside PR on Facebook
I like Gu on Facebook
I follow Outside PR on Twitter
I follow Gu on Twitter


Jennifer Jones said...

I follow you
I like Outside PR on FB
I like GU on FB
I follow Outside Pr on Twitter
I follow GU on twitter
I need to try the GU Chomps! Also the chocolate mint as I haven't found my favorite GU flavor yet.

jamie.louise said...

Follow you now!

Outside PR fan on FB

GU fan of FB

I have really been interested in the GU electrolyte drink...all the sodium, sans sugars has me interested.

Kelly said...

Let's see...

1. follower now!!
2. Liked OUtside PR on FB
3. LIked GU on FB
4. Followed Gu on Twitter
5. Followed Outside PR on Twitter
6. Checked out Gu website...I want some mandarin orange!! YUM!
7. Tweeted about @gosonja, don't you???
8. Can't think of one funny thing to say right now...funny just doesn't come naturally to my children on the other hand...

Great giveaway!! Thanks!

Angie Bishop said...

1.I follow you!
2. I "like" Outside Pr on facebook
3. I "like" GU on facebook too!
4. I follow Outside Pr on twitter (@BarefootAngieBee)
5. I follow GU on twitter as well
6. I would love to try the seasonal flavors like gingerbread and they should come out with watermelon!
7. I posted a link to my blogs sidebar!
8. I tweeted about Angela!
9. Penis. That will get a laugh out of someone in my house every time. Just the word penis.

Jay said...

1. Follow me - Done!
2. Mention this contest on your blog (on your sidebar of contests counts). - Done!
3. Check out the Gu Website and tell me something you would like to try or a flavor you wish they had. - Done! and I went out and found Gu at Epic Sports in Bangor.
4. Say something funny. I like to laugh. Done! ->Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide!

I'm glad I found this blog! Steve W. tossed me this link, good stuff! Thanks for doing this contest!

Ironman By Thirty said...

1. Follow me - Check
2. Like Outside PR on Facebook - Check
3. Like Gu on Facebook - Check
7. Check out the Gu Website and tell me something you would like to try or a flavor you wish they had. - Check
I'm intrigued by the Mint Chocolate flavor. I have never really been a Gu fan. I like more "regular" food on my runs/rides. However, I tried the Tri-Berry during a race and absolutely loved it. I think I just need to try more of their flavors and find more I like.
8. Say something funny. I like to laugh. - Check
Heard of the Sklar brothers? A comedian duo that has been doing commercials for Brooks Running ( My favorite joke of theirs is:
"Our parents have the best names in the history of parental names. We love 'em -- Dick and Annette Sklar, which of course brings to the surface our old favorite joke, 'How do you catch a d**k? With a net.' Thank you very much! " said...

I follow : ) said...

I like Outside Pr on FB said...

I like Gu on FB said...

I would like to try the recovery brew said...

Not sure if this is funny or not, but I need lessons on how to eat chocolate GU! I am a big chocolate mess every time I try this stuff : )

lisa said...

Completed 1-5
7 would like lemonade

Lindsey said...

I like Gu on facebook!

Lindsey said...

I added you to the giveaways on my blog.

Kimberly said...

I follow your blog.

Kimberly said...

I like Gu on FB.

Kimberly said...

I like OutsidePR on FB.

Kimberly said...

I follow Gu on Twitter (@redheadrunswild).

Kimberly said...

I follow OutsidePR on Twitter (@redheadrunswild).

Kimberly said...

I linked to the giveaway on my blog.

Kimberly said...

I am sure it would be gross, consistency wise, but I'd love, love, love a pumpkin pie or carrot cake or cinnamon flavor.

Kimberly said...

All of my funny stories are dog related unfortunately, and most of those stories involve things he eats - like the half tub of margarine or the cicada he caught midair during a run.

Kat Moving Forward said...

I became a follower, and linked to you on my blog!

Heather said...

1. I'm a follower.
2. I like Outside PR on facebook.
3. I like GU on facebook.
4. I follow Outside PR on twitter.
5. I follow GU on twitter.
6. I posted a link to this on my blog.
7. I'd like to try the espresso love.

Kathryn said...

1) I followed you
3) Liked Gu on Facebook
7) I would like to see a dark chocolate raspberry
8) Funny. Hmm. I could give you my PR times, that would probably make you laugh? :) Or a picture of my 260 lb husband in a running skirt (if I could get him to wear it)?

Zaneta said...

1. I'm a follower
2. I like Outside PR on facebook
3. I like GU on facebook
4. I follow Outside PR on twitter
5. I follow GU on twitter
6. I linked to your giveaway on my blog (
7. I would actually like to try the GU chomps because I have to be chewing something while i'm running... so why not something that'll give me energy?
8. "Something funny" ok... that was lame lol ;)

Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Regina said...

Oh my good Lord in Heaven! It is getting more and more complicated to win shit, ha!

You can put me down for 1 please. I don't tweet and I doubt I'll be chasing any other pages. I like a lot of crap, but I can't take the time to make it official. I guess that makes me lazy and cranky (both true, btw).

I will mention your giveaway on my blog though. Ok, now that makes 2, well done me!

Krista said...

Put me in for six!

1. I 'liked' Outside PR on Facebook
2. I 'liked' Gu on Facebook
3. Blog post coming up with the giveaway
4. I really want to try the Roctane Gu because I have heard it is has amazing powers.
5. Funny... I'm not very funny... I took lessons in bicycle riding. But I could only afford half of them. Now I can ride a unicycle. (crickets)
6. I follower your blog.

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

1. Hi, I'm a new follower =) (you can thank Kelly!)
2. I like Outside PR on Facebook
3. And GU on Facebook
4. I linked to your giveaway on my blog:
5. I'd really like to try the GU recovery drink
6. Funny....(although highly inappropriate)
At the same time, two men were doing two different things, but thinking the exact same thing.
One was walking a tight rope 50 feet above the ground.
The other was getting a BJ from an 80-year old woman.
What were they thinking?

bobbie said...

Like Outside PR on facebook

bobbie said...

I am a new follower! :)

bobbie said...

Like GU on facebook

bobbie said...

Following OutsidePr on Twitter

bobbie said...

Following GU on Twitter

bobbie said...

Linked it on my Blog @

bobbie said...

I am wanting to try the blueberry pomegrante gel!

Robin said...

I liked Outside PR on FB, haven't seen their stuff before.

Robin said...

Oh yeah, and I'm following you now too. Great blog!

Runners Fuel said...

I'm a new follower.

Runners Fuel said...

I like GU on facebook

Runners Fuel said...

I like the PR on facebook

Runners Fuel said...

I posted this on my blog

Runners Fuel said...

I hope I get to try the mint chocolate!

Kristi said...

I like both Outside PR and Gu on FB. And am a new follower. I wish they had a caramel flavor. Or maybe a 'salted caramel' flavor. Something a little less sweet. So I guess that's 4 for me. Thanks!

Running Librarian said...

I follow your blog. I would like to try the choco. gu...It doesn't sound bad from your description. I have only tried the gu chomps b/c I not sure I would enjoy the consistancy of the gu gels. But who knows I might like it. I also like gu on FB and follow on twitter.

Lesley @ said...

I follow.

Lesley @ said...

I *like* Outside PR on FB.

Lesley @ said...

I *like* GU on facebook.

Lesley @ said...

I wish they had various pie filling flavors - its the same consistency... maybe pumpkin pie.

Lesley @ said...

My 5 year old think the song "Slow Ride" by Foghat is really about her favorite princess "Snow White".

Mindy said...

I'm always amazed by these give aways!!!!

So, I'm your follower (blogger) and since I'm not into FB, I'm now following Gu on Twitter!

mmmm-pumpkin pie gu! sounds good. the gingerbread man gu was not bad!

Shannon said...

i'm not on facebook or twitter, but i recently tried the mint chocolate gu and was a little freaked out by how much like frosting it did taste! at least it wasn't too sugary, otherwise it probably wouldn't have stayed down ;) and that would look like poo on my bike... boo!

i'd be interested in trying the roctane, orange vanilla? yes please, i love me some creamsicles!

Canadian runner said...

Here it goes

1. I am a new follower of you
2. I follow outside PR on twitter
3. I follow Gu on twitter.
4. I would likfe any flavour with coffee in it.
5. I linked your giveaway on my side bar

nothing funny at the moment :(

Lake_Moxie_Mom said...

1. I am a follower of you :)
2. I like GU on Facebook
3. I like Outside PR on Facebook
4. I follow GU on Twitter
5. I follow Outside PR on Twitter
6. Flavors to try in the gels: Mint Chocolate, Manadrin Orange, and Chocolate Outrage.
7. I would like to try the chomps in any of the flavors except Strawberry since I am allergic...
8. The Brews sound great too!
9. Something funny..... HMMMMM..... Are you smiling??? UGH!!! Then you must be peeing!!! LOL!!!

mommaof3ontherun said...

1) I am a new follower
2) I like GU on FB
3) I like Outside PR on FB
4) I follow GU on Twitter
5) I follow outside PR on twitter
6) I want to try espresso love
7) Funny...I'll just tell you what my son said this week to my daughter, "I'm telling you that mommy is always right even when mommy is wrong"