Note: As a BibRave Pro, I received a case of Hoist Water to try out and review. While I received the water for free, I was not compensated in any other way. All thoughts/opinions/experiences are my own!
Since I’ve been marathon training...in the summer...in the south...I’ve noticed that my water needs have increased. I’ve done an 18 and 20 mile run, and I’ve been very thirsty towards the end, even while drinking water every 1/4 mile or so. JRC has a water stop set up along the way, and I usually down a bottle of Gatorade while I’m out running.
I’m a very salty sweater (sorry for the lovely overshare!), so whenever I go longer than an hour, I end up covered in salt at the end of my run. My eyes usually sting from the salt as well. If I don’t rehydrate fast enough, I end up with an extremely bad headache from the dehydration. I’ve tried coconut water (nope) and Gatorade (only effective when I dump salt into the bottle and have it as soon as I get in the door), but I still suffer from almost blinding headaches and nausea after longer runs.
According to Hoist’s website, “Hoist is a perfectly isotonic premium hydration beverage that provides you with the fastest hydration possible. Hoist is the smart choice for fueling your active lifestyle.” What the heck does this mean? Well, the drink has a similar concentration to what your body’s carb/electrolyte balance already is. It’s supposed to be absorbed into your body faster than other sports drinks (Gatorade, Lifewater, etc.). Each bottle (16.9 ounces) has 70 calories, about 320 mg of Sodium, 200 mg of Potassium, 18 carbs, and 14 sugars.
Hoist sent me a pack of bottle to test out. They make 3 flavors: Starfruit, Strawberry Lemonade, and Orange. I received the Strawberry Lemonade and Starfruit flavors to test out. Since I didn’t have a long run on schedule this weekend (just my half!), I brought a bottle of Starfruit to one of my shorter group runs (3 miles). I always run with extra water, even for shorter distances. Yes, I'm "that girl" with a Fuel Belt for 3 milers.
My first thought when I took a sip was “Uhhhh.” It’s a little sour tasting, which I assume is due to the salt content. I wouldn’t say it tastes bad though – it kind of grows on you. It tastes a lot like when I pour salt into my Gatorade, so I figured it would be a great way to hydrate. I felt refreshed after drinking it during my 3-miler, but to be honest, I was going really slowly and wasn’t exactly sweating, so it wasn’t much of a “test” of the hydration benefits.
This weekend I ran the Marine Corps Half in the humidity and with the sun on me for a few miles. I was really sweaty, and ended up being so dehydrated that I experienced my first cramps ever during a run. Since I stuck around for about an hour after the race, I didn’t have my typical salty meal/Gatorade until it was too late. My head was pounding, and I had to lay down because I felt queasy - dehydration! Then, I remembered the Hoist in my fridge, and figured I would test out the “fast hydration” claims. I downed a bottle (Strawberry Lemonade) while I watched TV. The Strawberry Lemonade tastes very similar to the Starfruit. I was so thirsty that the salty flavor was very refreshing.
Surprisingly, I started to feel a lot better really quickly. Within about 30 minutes, my headache was gone and I didn’t feel as out of it as before. Instead of being a nonfunctioning lump on the couch for the rest of the day, I felt much better. Hoist says the product is intended to hydrate you really quickly. It saved me from a day + of dehydration. I definitely recommend that you check out a bottle of it for yourself!
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!