We took a look at popular foods for runners to see what you get for your money. First up- electrolyte drinks.
When you need a little more than water to rehydrate (i.e., on steamy days or for runs lasting longer than an hour), there is an ever-growing number of bevs that deliver the necessary electrolytes and carbs.
The latest addition to the sports drink market has you mix your own—a welcome option for those who like their liquid with a side of good conscience (reuse those bottles!) and savor lower cost per serving.
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz Tube ($5): $0.38 per serving
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink Mix ($6.50): $0.54 per serving
Nuun On-the-Go Drink Mix ($6.50): $0.54 per serving
Average Price: $0.49 per serving
Mid-Price: Bottled Beverages
Single-serving beverages are convenient in a pinch (think ducking into a gas station to grab a Gatorade mid-long run). But you’re paying more for the delivery method (and the plastic) than you are for the liquid.
Gatorade G Series: $1.49
Powerade Sports Drink: $1.49
Glaceau VitaminWater: $1.59
Average Price:: $1.52
Splurge: Coconut Water
Sometimes referred to as “nature’s energy drink,” coconut water is a natu-ral way to rehydrate and replenish electrolytes, boost potassium and avoid added sugars. One drawback? It lacks the sodium your body needs after heavy sweating.
VitaCoco Pure Coconut Water: $2.59
Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water: $2.49
Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water: $2.79
Average Price: $2.62