Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Tailwind Nutrition

For me, nutrition and fueling have always been a weakness in racing and training. I tend to never take any fluid or nutrition intake during my long runs, and forget about anything short distance! For my last marathon, I knew I had to introduce fuel during my training (otherwise there would be no way of completing the marathon in the time frame I wanted). I tried just about everything, and nothing worked. I always felt sick, or had sudden bursts of energy that lead to a crash. Everything I tried was way too sweet, and don’t get me started about using gels! I finally ended up using a chew block, not near enough the recommended amount.  But it worked for what I needed it to.

Now that all races are turning virtual, I have more time to figure out my fueling and nutrition goals. When given the opportunity to try Tailwind Nutrition | Endurance Fuel I jumped. This is exactly what I need. For those who have never tried Tailwind, they have a little bit different approach, than the sugary extra sweet gels and sports drinks. Tailwind comes in a powder form, to be mixed with water for consumption during athletic events. It is an “All in one, nutrition approach”. They have a wide variety of flavors and products for during and post consumption.

The first thing I tried from Tailwind’s product line was the Endurance Fuel in lemon flavor. I was expecting the powder to turn the water yellow, and be very sweet. I was pleasantly surprised when I mixed the powder. It looked just like water, the powder dissolved instantly and was the same consistency of water. The first taste was great. It was not as sweet as I was expecting. The best thing about this product, is how I was able to drink during a quick run, and had no side ache or stomach ache. This is huge!! Although, since I was using it during a shorter run, I did not drink the entire amount I made. However, once completing the run, I was able to finish the rest of the bottle. After finishing, I felt hydrated and ready to tackle the day.

Tailwind Sports Nutrition Rebuild Recovery Drink - Single ServingThe next product I tried was caffeinated-endurance-fuel in Tropical Buzz flavor. This flavor was great! I was a little hesitant to try the caffeinated flavors, but this does not leave the jittery feeling that most coffee drinks have. I used this during a bike training session. I felt energized and had enough reserve to complete the ride and do a strength workout after. These products are amazing.

One of the challenging things about training for me, is the feeling after a long run. I usually feel exhausted and achy. In the past, (like I mentioned before) I would never fuel during the run, hence the post body fatigue. I normally would do a muscle soak in epson salt, that would take most of the edge off, but would still have the feeling of exhaustion, the rest of the day. After trying recovery-drinks-1 I am completely sold! This is the best thing on the market for recovery. It left me feeling great, and had me able to do all the family activities thrown my way.

Tailwind offers a tailwind-starter-kit, which is a variety pack of all their stick packs. These are perfect for on the go, and have the perfect amount pre-measured. All you do is pour into a water bottle and you are good to go. This is such great set and offers all the flavors and product lines. You can also purchase individual larger packages on their website.

Tailwind has a great product line, I actually highly recommend everything they have. It has completely changed my outlook with fueling and nutrition. Just wait until the races open up again! I will be running! Whether you are training for a marathon or just everyday life, Tailwind is all you need.

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Tailwind stick packs are perfect for fueling on the go and recovering from a workout. The Starter Kit is a great way to try all 8 Tailwind Endurance Fuel flavors plus our 3 Tailwind Rebuild Recovery flavors. All you need, all day. Really.

For during your activity, just tear open one of our Endurance Fuel stick packs and pour into a water bottle for 200 calories of Tailwind goodness, no mess, no fuss. After your workout, follow it with one of our Rebuild Recovery stick packs to feel better faster.

Tailwind Endurance Fuel:

  • Complete calories, electrolytes, and hydration: Ditch the gels, chews, and pills, and go all day with just Tailwind.
  • No gut bombs: Stomach problems? You’ll love Tailwind. Unless you enjoy being doubled over, retching.
  • Tasty all day: Clean, light flavors taste better the longer you go.
  • Hydration pack love: Dissolves on contact with water and cleans up with a quick rinse. No residue or science experiments!
  • All natural: Crystal clear with no dyes, preservatives or 4-syllable pixie dust.

Tailwind Rebuild Recovery:

  • Replenish glycogen stores: contains the right kinds and amounts of carbohydrates to restore your energy after a hard workout
  • Rebuild muscles: perfectly complete protein based on a patent-pending mathematical model to rebuild damaged muscle tissue and mitochondrial protein
  • Rehydrate and restore electrolytes: sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium to restore electrolyte balance


Thank you to Tailwind for providing us with review samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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