For those who are new to Tailwind Nutrition, marathons and ultras or to the world of running as a whole, use this page as a basic guide on how to use Tailwind Nutrition.
Everyone's body works slightly differently, so we recommend experimenting slightly with your Tailwind/water ratios while training until you find the perfect combination that suits you.
The general rule of using Tailwind is to mix one Stickpack (or 2-3 multiserving bag scoops) with 500-750ml of water, and sip this mixture little and often over the course of one hour.
E.g. If you're aiming to finish a marathon in 4 hours look to use 4 stickpacks, 5 hours? 5 stickpacks
Tailwind provides all the energy you need for a race, you do not need to supplement it with gels.
Only use Tailwind when training/exercising for 2+ hours, you won't experience the full benefit of Tailwind on shorter activities such as a 10k.
You won't get much from drinking Tailwind before you start exercising; And it is best to wait until you're 2-4 miles in until you start drinking, so your body has time to start naturally burning the energy which Tailwind replenishes.
No 'gut bombs' when using Tailwind!
We sell sample packs featuring one of each of our flavours, so you can find the taste you love most!
We have both caffeinated and non-caffeinated flavours.
How to take Tailwind during a road marathon:
Having to refill your hydropack mid-race or carry 4 different bottles is not ideal. That's why for a road race (such as the Virgin London Marathon) we have the following advice:
Mix together 4 stickpacks with roughly 600ml of water (the amount of water varies depending on the capacity of your bottle/hydropack). This will create a very concentrated mixture with an almost gel like texture. Look to sip through this one mixture over the course of the whole race. This mixture will be much more concentrated and possess a stronger flavour than usual, so use water from aid stations to wash it down and keep yourself hydrated.
NB - This example is for goal times of around 4 hours, increase/decrease the number of stickpacks used depending on how long you think you will be running for (3 hours? use 3 stickpacks, 5 hours? 5 stickpacks are what you'll need).
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