We runners are busy people.
We wake up at 3:45- aka, Dark O’Clock- to drive 30 minutes each way to group run. We scarf down granola bars in the car, then run 18.3 miles before my mother-in-law arrives in town so we can take her to lunch and the cruise port. I could only hope to sneak in a nap before a friend’s wedding, all while debating if compression socks are appropriate wedding attire (Hey, the bride’s a runner!).
With increased mileage, sometimes recovery takes a backseat to workouts and the busy-ness of life. It’s hard to juggle. However, when you run 13+ miles every Saturday, recovery is *huge*. It’s the difference between feeling rested and ready for your Monday workout or feeling like you were hit by a train Jadeveon Clowney (can you tell we’re ready for football?).
Sorry y’all, no smiling faces after a Clowney hit.
Training for this 26.2 mile fun run, I crave protein almost every day. I drink whey shakes 2-3 times a week, especially after BodyPump or speed workouts. The best time to get protein in is during that 30 minute window after your workout, but, my long run is 30 minutes away from home *if there are no wrecks on 526*. It’s hard not to miss the optimal recovery window when you have to drive home, especially since protein shakes are so overpriced at gas stations (if the station even has them).
The solution? Frog Fuel. Developed by Navy SEALS, Frog Fuel contains 15 grams of protein and only 60 calories- so it’s all protein. The protein contains essential BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids), which are the building blocks for muscle growth. Amino Acids also contribute to healthy hair, nails, blood cells, and a healthy immune system (you can’t PR if you’re sick before a race or run!).
When the company offered me samples to try, I took them up on the offer. I tried the liquid protein shot after my 18.3 mile run Saturday, probably 5-10 minutes after I stopped running. The packets are easy to open even if your hands are a little sweaty (100% humidity- my hands were a sweat fest!).
The protein shot tasted super strong at first sip. I’m not sure if this is how it is, or if I just have a sensitive stomach after 18 miles, but when I mixed it with water, it was fine; I guess it tasted a little like a sports drink. I sipped it while talking to my run group and stretching a bit, then drove the 30 minutes home to shower, foam roll, and eat a healthy breakfast.
Today’s breakfast of choice was waffles. Hooray waffles!
Frog Fuel is available with or without caffeine, and I prefer to use it for recovery due to the protein content. You can use it before or after a workout. It’s rapidly absorbed, being liquid, so it was nice to spend my drive back home already “recovering” from my workout.
I didn’t have any digestive issues with Frog Fuel, which is a concern sometimes with certain dairy proteins like whey. I can only speak for myself, but mixed with water (you don’t have to mix it with water- I just did), it made a great and very quick recovery drink for a hot day.
The day after my long run (Sunday), I felt pretty strong- I felt like I could run if I wanted to, but I didn’t because we had friends in town and it was a scheduled rest day. Still, feeling strong and ready to run the day after an 18 miler is pretty huge, and if you’re looking for a good way to get your protein in, Frog Fuel might be for you.
You can also visit the FrogFuel website and take the quiz to find out your fuel type.
Now, what you’re really waiting for… Mike at Partners Hub has graciously offered me a Frog Fuel prize package to give away to a lucky reader. The prize includes 3 packets of Frog Fuel as well as a sticker.
Here’s how you can win, and be sure to leave a comment on this post for each entry method.
- Mandatory: Which nutrition supplements do you use before, during, or after workouts (if any)? Or, if you don’t use any- how do you recover from a tough workout?
- Take the FrogFuel quiz here, then leave a comment on this post with your fuel type.
- Like The Tiny Terror on Facebook.
- Follow me (@ProudPatriot07) on twitter and tweet “I want to win a FrogFuel prize pack from @ProudPatriot07 . Visit TheTinyTerror.com to enter”
Good luck! The winner will be announced on Friday, August 16!
Although I was not monetarily compensated for this review, I did receive a sample of Frog Fuel for personal use. All opinions are my own.