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So one of the things I tried out recently is Run Gum.
Again, I bought this myself and in no way am I connect with Run Gum. I saw some runners using it and I was interested and now I just want to let you all know what it’s like.
I went onto Amazon in late January and decided to take the plunge and give it a try. I’ve been figuring out a new work/sleep/running schedule the last couple of months and have been struggling in the afternoon to stay alert so I was looking for something that I could use whenever I needed a pick me up, either before a run or during the day if I was starting to drag. So I put in my order for Run Gum!
I got the multipack so I could try out all the flavors and other than seeing some people using it I didn’t really know what I was in for. Here’s what they claim it does:
So it’s suppose to have about the same caffeine as a cup of coffee plus b-vitamins (which help me not get jittery) and because you are chewing it everything can get absorbed faster since your gums are a great way to get things directly into your bloodstream.
Here is the full nutrition info:
So the first thing I noticed was that these do not look like regular gum. They are slightly smaller in diameter than a quarter and are pretty thick. They seemed more like a mint or something you’d see in a tube packaging. About the size of those larger sweet tarts. They also had a chalkier texture on the outside, not the usual candy coating that’s on most gum.
So I popped it in my mouth and… it was… interesting. The chalkiness carries into the texture and you can literally break it into pieces in your mouth. It comes back together once you’ve chewed it for a bit but definitely a weird texture.
The taste? It’s definitely an acquired one. I can’t remember if I tried the cinnamon or fruit flavor first but both are funky. I can’t really put my finger on it but I can’t chew it for more than a couple minutes without the taste just getting really, really bad. The mint was probably the best out of the three but that’s not saying much.
Did it give me energy? Yes… maybe… hard for me to say definitively but I did have some strong morning workouts which I’ll say were helped by the extra boost that I got from Run Gum first thing in the morning.
Did it make me jittery? No, I never noticed any jitters.
So would I recommend it? Yes, if you were interested in trying it out I wouldn’t stop you but I would flag my recommendation with a huge caveat that you should be prepared for a weird texture/taste. It seems like a quick way to get a caffeine boost without having to drink a bunch of coffee and it’s portable which is a nice plus. If you are doing an ultra or other long event where you might need a mid-run boost, this probably won’t mess up your stomach, but you also might want to try out some of the regular military grade energy gum on the market too. I’m definitely glad I tried it out!
So after a late-ish night, I was still SO ready to tackle the WDW 5k. I was ready to get this Dopey Challenge started!
I was up by 2:50am and out the door by 3:34am since runners had to be on the bus by 4am. I was on my way to Epcot by 3:45am and had met up with my running Ohana before 4. These early mornings are no joke :P
We were just 4 strong this morning and it was definitely a little chilly. We headed to our corrals by 5 and just tried to find a nice center spot to keep warm and protect us from the wind. I wish I had brought a heat sheet!
The National Anthem was sung and then with a blast of fireworks we were off. I ran the first part with Nathan and we started in the 3rd wave of Corral A. Once we got going, things were definitely feeling cold and stiff, like we had been waiting in cold temps for awhile (which we had). After the first 1/2 mile though the temp was feeling okay and we were cruising.
I was just enjoying the run and taking it easy. Even this early in the race, the character lines were already pretty long. Flik and Princess Atta were backstage before mile 1 and they already had a pretty long line so we kept moving. There were vikings in Norway, Pinocchio was in Italy, Genie was in Morocco, Goofy was dressed in Scottish garb in the UK, and Donald was dressed in pit crew gear near Test Track. Donald had no line so I got in for a quick pic!
I really love the 5k. It’s a great distance and such a festive and fun race with Disney music playing throughout the park and all the pavilions in World Showcase lit up! Running on the Test Track side of Future World was pretty boring so still not sure why they made that switch but overall this is just a great race.
I met back up with Nathan at the finish and we decided to get into the bus line back to Pop since it was already getting long. Unlike last year they did not pull up the buses ahead of the race to let us start getting on so we had to wait in the cold for about 20 minutes for the last person to clear the race course and allow the buses to pull up and start loading.
We were lucky though since our bus was one of the first to pull out at around 6:50 and we were back at the hotel by 7:10. The plan was for me to quickly shower and then for Bryce and I to get to Animal Kingdom for as much of the 8am Extra Magic Hour as was left. He went down and got breakfast sandwiches and coffee while I showered (he did this every morning and this is one of the many reasons why I adore him) and we were out the door around 8:15.
When we got to Animal Kingdom we headed straight to Pandora but lines were already getting pretty long so we hopped in the line for Navi River Journey and skipped Flight of Passage since we had a Fastpass for later that evening.
We enjoyed the morning and grabbed a really tasty lunch at Harambe Market before heading back to the room for a nap. After resting for a bit we were up and out the door around 4:30, we rode Flight of Passage, had a delicious meal at Santuli Canteen, watched Rivers of Light (which I really like), and rode one more time on Expedition Everest (3 times for the day!) before calling it a night.
We were back in the room around 9pm and light out by 10pm, I had a race with real goals for the next day!