FUEL UP, RUN AND RECOVER
PAUL FREARY finds products to help you before, during and after the run you decide to undertake
MAURTEN – DRINK MIX: €39.20 for 18 servings (maurten.com)
LOAD up on carbohydrates before the run with this new drink mixture.
As used by many of the world's leading marathon runners, this product adds either 40g or 80g carbohydrate to your fluid. (Drink Mix 160 or 320 respectively).
There are no added colours, preservatives or flavours, so the natural mixture contains only what’s required. It mixes very easily in water and has very little taste, making it easy to drink and take on board whilst running to keep you fuelled.
ON – CLOUDFLASH: £160 (on-running.com)
IF YOU are looking for a personal best and need a shoe to take you there, then this model should do it in a flash!
The Cloudflash will be most suited to faster,
CHILLYS BOTTLES – from £11.25 (chillysbottles.com)
KEEP your drinks cool in this innovative drinks bottle, which will keep things ice cold for up to 24 hours (or hot for 12). The lightweight double-walled stainless steel flask is ideal for use before or after the event with your refreshment still chilled on your arrival at the finish line. It’s available in a variety of sizes and stylish designs. more efficient, forefoot runners, with a low heel drop and the lower profile ‘clouds’ which run the length of the shoe. It’s meant for all-out performance and, as such, it delivers.
The fit of the shoe, just as is the case with others from the brand, is superb and very well tailored, holding the foot in place without any excess material.
NEW BALANCE – FUELCORE RUSH V3: £85 (newbalance.co.uk)
GREAT for training or racing, this lightweight shoe offers enough cushioning for everyday miles but keeps the weight to a minimum thanks to the new ‘Fuelcore’ midsole cushioning material. The seamless upper uses a knitted, stretch design to give a perfect, wraparound fit that easily flexes and adapts to the foot shape. It’s a great value shoe which feels as good as it looks.
VELOFORTE – Classico bar: £49.99 (box of 24) (veloforte.cc)
MADE with 100% natural ingredients, these bars make the perfect way to refuel quickly and easily with a delightfully indulgent taste. The blend of almonds, honey and spices add to the fruit and nut mix making them taste packed with goodness without any additives. There are a variety of flavours available, but we found the ‘Classico’ a winner every time.
BACKBALLER: £55 (backballer.com)
TAKING foam rollers to the next level, this double roller design gives a whole body workout that’s great for recovery and injury prevention.
Designed initially to help with back specific massage, the clever design makes it easy to use without placing excessive contact on the spine. Supplied with a set of easy to follow instructions, the device also makes it simple to treat most areas of the body with comfort and ease.
The durable and well-made rollers are comfortable and our testers have found it a revelation in foam rolling!
HYPERICE – Vyper 2.0: £169 (live-on-the-edge.com)
AIMING to combine two treatments in one, this foam roller adds vibration therapy to the traditional foam roller design to deliver a high intensity vibration and aid myofascial release. The rechargeable battery gives over two hours of use per charge and creates a three-speed vibration that simulates the hands of a massage therapist. It's easy to use and adds an extra dimension to foam rolling to help with recovery and injury