Science in Sport Go Energy Gel Review and a Giveaway!

"Disclaimer: I received SiS isotonic gels to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!"

Each of the SIS flavors I tested were mild in flavor and not overly sweet. My favorite flavor is Lemon & Mint. It was delicious and perfect for summer.

Each of the SIS flavors I tested were mild in flavor and not overly sweet. My favorite flavor is Lemon & Mint. It was delicious and perfect for summer.

On the run fuel is super important for every runner. There are so many brands on the market, so finding one that you like could get difficult. Just recently through BibRave and as a BibRave Pro, I’ve been testing isotonic gels by Science in Sport. These gels are a quality product and I actually enjoy consuming them. I tested out 4 different flavors (Espresso, Apple, Salted Strawberry and Lemon & Mint) so I’ll give you my top 4 reasons why I recommend SIS.


Fun with fuel. Salted Strawberry + Electrolytes by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Salted Strawberry + Electrolytes by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

1️⃣ It has less than one gram of sugar per serving.

I try not to consume extra sugar, but I get that as a runner I need the carbs to get me through some serious runs. SIS has approximately 22 grams of carbs per serving but only one gram of that is sugar! IDK how they did that, but I like the fact that I'm not consuming extra sugar for the sake of getting carbs.


Fun with fuel. Apple by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Apple by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

2️⃣ You don’t need water.

The size of each gel pack is 2oz. Some would say that is huge because other brands are about half that size. I get it, 1oz extra of something to carry or consume could be annoying, but SIS is that size for a reason. The consistency of SIS is smooth, light and slightly liquidy, meaning you don't need water to consume it, like how you need water with other brands. On the 4th of July, I raced a 4 miler and I ate SIS 15 minutes before gun time. I really like the fact how I could just eat SIS and not choke. I was able to eat it without water and that’s a good thing especially when you are at a start line for a race.


Fun with fuel. Lemon & Mint + Electrolyte by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Lemon & Mint + Electrolyte by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

3️⃣ So many electrolytes packed in one small package.

Two of the flavors I tested were specifically made with extra electrolytes: Salted Strawberry and Lemon & Mint. Each of these flavors are part of the SIS GO Energy + Electrolyte Gel line. According to SIS, electrolytes including sodium, potassium and magnesium are lost through sweat and need to be replaced in order to help the body maintain fluid balance, alongside an appropriate fluid intake. Each of these 2oz gels have 118mg sodium, 9.5mg potassium and 1.5mg magnesium per gel. I consumed one gel about an hour before my 4th of the July 4 miler race and another 15 minutes prior to gun time and I know that it was the SIS gels that helped me PR my time on this course! I haven’t beaten that time in 4 years!


Fun with fuel. Double Espresso + Caffeine by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

Fun with fuel. Double Espresso + Caffeine by Science in Sport. © Photo and styling by Andrea Heser

4️⃣Huge caffeine kick

The buzz from the Espresso with caffeine is real! I was bouncing off the walls 20 minutes after eating. This was the jolt I needed for my 3 mile morning speed sesh run. Since the caffeine is is incredibly intense, I recommend consuming this for morning runs. I did take one in the evening as a test and I ended up staying up to late. There is 150mg of caffeine in the Espresso flavor which is about 55mg more caffeine than in an 8oz cup of coffee. Oh, and here’s a tip I discovered! Try chilling the Espresso flavor. When I first tested the flavor, I ate it at room temp. That reminded me of drinking a room temp day old coffee. Not the taste I wanted. The next time, I chilled it in the fridge overnight. Boom! It was like having an iced coffee. So, I recommend eating this flavor during prior to your runs, so you have the opportunity to chill it beforehand.


Win some for yourself

Yep, I’m giving away a free 6-pack of gels to two of my Instagram followers. Please head over to my IG post and tag a fellow runner that you’d like to try SIS with, because testing products is much better with friends! If you don’t win, that’s ok. BibRave and SIS are offering a discount code on future purchases. Apply code TRYSIS25 for 25% off all products excluding sale items. Check out Science in Sport products and let me know which one you’d like to try.

If you’d like to read what other BibRavePro’s have to say about Science in Sport, check out their reviews at the links below:
https://funsizeathlete.com/2019/07/09/bibrave-product-review-and-giveaway-science-in-sport-isotonic-gels/
http://fitnewtonblog.com/review-science-in-sport-isotonic-gels/
https://kenstandsonthings.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/product-giveaway-science-in-sport-gels/
https://runbeckyrun.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/giveaway-science-in-sport-isotonic-energy-gels-six-pack/
http://ampdwellness.crazyhamster.run/sis-energy-pure-and-simple-fuel-and-you-can-get-yours-free/
http://runcanvas.com/2019/07/08/science-in-sport-sis-energy-gels-product-review-and-giveaway/

Electrolyte Drink with Zero Carbs, Sugar & Calories

Replenish lost minerals and electrolytes the carb-free, sugar-free and calorie-free way with Ultima Replenisher.

Replenish lost minerals and electrolytes the carb-free, sugar-free and calorie-free way with Ultima Replenisher.

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews.

Do you sweat a ton? I do. I’m not embarrassed about it. Actually, I like sweating because it feels fantastic. What I don’t like is the crashed feeling I get 4 hours after a sweat sesh. My electrolytes are depleted and I end up getting a headache and I want to nap. I found that energy drinks help in my crash, but the extra calories and sugar from the big brands really get me down. This is where Ultima Replenisher comes into play. As a BibRave Pro, I get to test out a variety of running products and fuel products. I jumped on the opportunity to test out Ultima Replenisher because it’s a sugar-free and carb-free way to get electrolytes back in the body after a serious sweat sesh. I’ll explain what Ultima is, the flavors they offer, how to drink it to get the most benefit and Ultima recipe hacks! At the very end is a discount code, so please don’t miss out on that.


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More than a typical energy drink

Think of Ultima Replenisher as an energy drink but better for the body. There are tons of pre-activity, during-activity and post-activity drinks on the market. They basically all do the same thing: replenish your body with electrolytes and minerals lost from working out and sweating. The thing that sets Ultima apart from the rest is that it is natural (nothing artificial is in it, even the coloring), has zero calories-sugar-carbs and has 6 of the body’s most needed electrolytes and support minerals. Ultima is also 100% vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, paleo and keto-friendly! This is huge because many people I know are following these types of eating lifestyles and finding products that fit within is difficult.

Replacing lost minerals and electrolytes after an activity and building them up before an activity is important to feeling good. Since I’ve been consuming Ultima before, during and after working out, I’ve noticed my headaches are gone. These are the ingredients that help combat that feeling of fatigue after a tough workout and the first six minerals are the ones that make up the electrolyte spectrum:
✨ Chloride ✨ Calcium ✨ Sodium ✨ Magnesium ✨ Potassium ✨ Phosphorus ✨ Vitamin C ✨ Zinc ✨ Manganese

According to Ultimate Replenisher, electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge. They have an impact on how your muscles function and how much water you have in your body. In addition to their individual roles, electrolytes often work in harmony with vitamins and other minerals in the body to keep you feeling good and performing at your best. 


I took Ultima Replenisher in Grape with me while my son was in swim practice.

I took Ultima Replenisher in Grape with me while my son was in swim practice.

All the Flavors!

Ultima Replenisher has a flavor for you. Current flavors are:
💗🍋 Pink Lemonade 🍒❤️ Cherry Pomegranate 🍇 Grape 🍋 Lemonade 🍊 Orange 💗 Raspberry 🍓 Toddler Berry Punch

The only two flavors I didn’t test were the Pink Lemonade and Toddler Berry Punch. My absolute favorite flavor is the Lemonade! It taste like real lemons and isn’t that sweet. It has the perfect amount of tartness and it taste great cold, hot and mixed in smoothies. It’s so versatile! All other flavors were good, but the one I liked the least is the Grape. It was too sweet for my liking and kinda had a bitter taste. I only had 3 single serving packets of that flavor to test and I wasn’t able to try it in different ways or in recipes.


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When do you drink it?

That’s easy! Before, during and after your activities. According to Ultima Replenisher, proper hydration during an activity follows something similar to this: 1️⃣ 16oz of water + one serving (1/2 teaspoon) of Ulitma Replenisher 2 hours prior to activity. 2️⃣ 8oz of water 30 minutes prior to activity. 3️⃣ 4-6oz of water every 20 minutes during activity. 4️⃣16oz of water + one serving (1/2 teaspoon) of Ultima Replenisher after activities over 1 hour to replenish minerals lost during sweating. If you sweat a lot with activities that are under an hour, then use your discretion in taking the extra Ultima or not. I’ll run a hard 5k in 30 minutes and I’m always drenched after, so I will consume extra Ultima after only 30 minutes of strenuous activity.


Ultima Replenisher is Versatile!

If you’ve been reading my previous blog posts and following me on Pinterest, you’d know that I have been experimenting with Ultima Replenisher. You don’t have to only add it to cold water! I made a warm drink with the Lemonade flavor that I call Hot Lemon Bar. I’ve added it to my favorite smoothie recipe during blend mode and added Ultima in a pre-made smoothie. I’ve also added Ultima to yogurt! The possibilities are endless. Experiment a little and you might find a new way enjoy getting the electrolytes you need.


I took Ultima Replenisher in Rasberry with me on a family hike to Lake Pleasant, AZ.

I took Ultima Replenisher in Rasberry with me on a family hike to Lake Pleasant, AZ.

Curious to try Ultima?

If you are curious about adding more electrolytes to you day without extra sugar and calories, then apply ULBRAVE19 for 10% off when your order on Amazon: amazon.com/shops/ultimareplenisher.

Let me know what you think and if you have any recipe ideas you’d like to share!

Curious on what other BibRave Pros think? Read their reviews for a different POV.
➡️ https://runnerdgirl.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-ultimate-summer-hydration.html
➡️https://wanderingwonthanh.com/2019/05/28/ultima-replenisher-review/
➡️ https://get-fit-stay-fit-be-fit.com/2019/05/17/hydrating-for-summer-training-ultima-replenisher/
➡️https://runbigfootrun.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-cure-for-hydration-blues.html
➡️jennarunsblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/review-ultima-replenisher-discount-code-inside/
➡️ https://anotherhalfplease.com/2019/05/27/ultima-review/

Which Knockarounds Work Best For You? Fast Lanes vs. Premiums

Disclaimer: I received a pairs of Knockarounds Fast Lane Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue lenses Fast Lane by Knockaround kinda day.

Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue lenses Fast Lane by Knockaround kinda day.

We are all a snob at something (particular running gear, the car we drive, brand of phone we have) but one thing is for sure, I am NOT a sunglasses snob! I can’t afford to be. It’s because I need my sunglasses for work, play, commute time and I’m short on cash (aka - tight budget!) There’s no time for me to baby a $300+ pair of sunnies!

So let me introduce you again to the Knockaround brand of sunglasses. I reviewed their Premium line about a year ago in a September 2018 blog post. The idea behind them is as simple as saying their name out loud: knock around. Sunglasses that you can literally knock around and they will still last. The original two pairs of from their Premium line are still with me with no scratches and holding up like a champ. Believe me, they get knocked around my duffle bag, dash of my car and side pocket of my purse daily. But, get this, they are reasonable. Their prices range from $15-$30 a pair and they even have $5 sales!

When the opportunity came along from BibRave to test out their Fast Lane line of sunglasses, I hopped on it faster than the Easter bunny. The Fast Lanes kinda look like the Premiums, just slightly different. I’m going to compare them to each other so you can see if the Fast Lanes are the Knockarounds for you.


Fast Lane vs. Premium

They kinda look alike, they kinda don’t. I don’t know which frames to choose! I’ll break down the differences and similarities of both so you could decide which pair of sunglasses pair better with your face.

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Fast Lane

  • Rectangular Lenses

  • Made for Medium Face Shapes

  • Thinner Arms

  • Keyhole Frames

  • Lens Width: 53 mm

  • Lens Height: 44 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 17 mm

  • Arm Length: 142 mm

  • Unisex

  • FDA-approved,
    Impact Resistant Lenses

  • UV400 Protection

  • Not as many color combos

  • $20-25

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Premium

  • Rounder Lenses

  • Made for Small Face Shapes

  • Thicker Arms

  • Keyhole Frames

  • Lens Width: 51 mm

  • Lens Height: 44 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm

  • Arm Length: 143 mm

  • Unisex

  • FDA-approved,
    Impact Resistant Lenses

  • UV400 Protection

  • More color combos

  • $15-20


My two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses. Fast Lane in Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue Lenses and Premium in Glossy Tortoise Shell with Amber lenses.

My two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses. Fast Lane in Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue Lenses and Premium in Glossy Tortoise Shell with Amber lenses.

Get ‘em Both

If you are still undecided, then get them both! Both styles of sunglasses offer no bounce while running. Each style I tested were polarized, so I didn’t experience any glare from the sun or shiny objects. Both are crazy affordable. I’m on a tight budget and can’t afford to deal with triple digit sunglasses so the Knockaround brand is meant for people like me. Here is a discount code to get you started: Apply code BIBRAVEKNOCKS1 for 20% your entire order. Good till 4/18 and one code per person. https://knockaround.com/ Happy Shopping!