Beetroot Juice and running

With half marathon training in full swing, my long runs are becoming exactly that – LONG – long, tiring and slow!  So when I read a thread on the Run Mummy Run Facebook group about Beetroot Juice, I read it with interest.  Most of the ladies who drink beetroot juice claim it does help them with their endurance.

My eyes lit up.  I need all the help I can get!  Off I went to Amazon to check out the reviews on there.  Again, most people seem to love it.  I placed my order…

beetroot juice

I have used three of the Beet It shots to date.  I have to warn you of a few important things:

  1. Even if you like beetroot, it tastes foul
  2. You are likely to need to “beet it” to the toilet about an hour after consuming it
  3. Your wee will turn pink

It’s fab if you need a good old clean out.  By my goodness it has the potential to catch you out!

The instructions say to consume it 30 minutes to 12 hours before exercise.  So far I have left it around 45 minutes to an hour (and twice been in a bit of a situation).  What I only read after my long run today is the best nitrate level (and therefore peak performance zone) is 2.5 hours after consumption*.  Maybe that is why I managed a sudden burst of energy in the last 15 minutes of my 13km run today.  I have to say, I did feel different.  I thought it was the effect of being on the home straight, but maybe it was the Beet It juice kicking in.

I definitely think it is worth enduring the hideous taste and thorough clean out to see if the research is true.  I’m doing it in the name of science you know – which suggest you should try to consume two of the shots – yeah, I think I’ll stick to one at the moment.

Do you have any experience of it?  Is it worth trying to take two shots?  I’d love to know what you think, please leave me a comment.

*http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/beet-juice-how-much-and-when


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