LOCATION: Ottawa, ON
HAMMER FUEL: Heed Sports Drink
Raymond got into running several years ago after quitting smoking and looking to lose a little weight. What started out as one minute of huffing and puffing eventually led to four continuous kilometres of running. From there, Raymond was ready for the next step! In 2010, inspired by his daughter who had signed up for the 1/2 Marathon Army Run, Raymond completed his first 5km race at the same event, in around 35 minutes. Four years later and twenty pounds lighter, Raymond ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 4:01.
Raymond discovered Hammer products in June 2014 when he ran the Niagara-on-the-Lake 50k, which also offers half marathon, marathon and 100k distances. This scenic race follows the Niagara River Parkway in continuous sight of the Niagara River below and majestic Niagara Falls at the turnaround.
At the aid stations, HEED was served to runners. Raymond believes it was one of the reasons he felt so good during the race. “I’ve never experienced anything like it before”, he said. “It sustained and fueled me without my even being aware of it.”
HEED is Hammer’s ‘high energy electrolyte drink’. It provides a mix of carbohydrates for energy (no simple sugars) and a full spectrum of electrolytes, not just salt and potassium, to replenish lost minerals. HEED also has chromium polynicotinate to maintain stable blood glucose and l-carnosine to buffer lactic acid.
Raymond added, “I think HEED was just the right combo for me. I never felt sick to my stomach, no cramps, no sugar rush; it just sustained me – until the stitches in my shoes started cutting into my feet!”. Unfortunately, we don’t have a Hammer fuel for that!
Congrats on your 50k race, Raymond, and thanks for sharing! If you have a Hammer story you’d like to share, e-mail Sarah at email@example.com.