Heifers! Y'all know I love trying new running products - which is why I like to buy all kinds of running things, and review them here on the Heifer-blog, right? (reference: my runnerbox subscription, which I still LUUURRVE, if you didn't read it - stop, collaborate, and read it here). This product actually came inside one of my recent RunnerBox deliveries.
Let's get right to the point. I wasn't into it when I first saw it. I mean really, what kind of athletic "shot" drink is WORTHY of its own canvas carrying bag? Something so small, promising something UUUUUUUGE to quote "The Donald." I was speptippal, as my kids would say when they were little. Totally not getting the vibe here. Stay with me.
I mean, let's discuss this. A product whose bottle says "Avoid Contact with Eyes" -- this intrigued me. It's all ORGANIC after all, so how bad could it be? Sidenote- it also says to avoid dairy 30 minutes after drinking. I've never had a drink come with a warning before. I feel pretty athletically LEGIT owning this product. Street cred, yanno. Runner lingo. "Hey, bro, avoid dairy like a long run after leg day!"
I put it in the fridge because, as I do with all my Kicking beverages, I wanted to drink it cold.
I set out for a long run a few days later. I kept eyeing this HotShot in my fridge, wondering "wtf?" What IS this stuff? I could have researched it, yeah. But, I'm busy checking my facebook page to see how many people like my new profile pic... I mean, priorities.
So, I figured I'd do what I normally do - and go Kamikaze Style on this little bottle of hope and promise. What's the worst that could happen?
OOOH I'm so glad you asked. I woke up early and got dressed, not even thinking about the fact that my calves had been cramping up the week before on my runs, so actually this delivery had perfect timing, in hindsight. It's like kismet. I put on all 15 base layers and compression socks, head bands, and sunscreen for my lips (do you know that's the most common place people get sunburn on sunny runs? Make sure you use sunscreen, heifers!)
Ahem, where was I?
Oh yeah. Got dressed, lookin' a bit like the Michelin man with all my layers, and remembered my cool can of Hot Shot in the fridge. I grabbed it, headed into the car and off I went to the park for my run.
Arrived to the park, and realized I didn't have my reading glasses (come on, give me this: I'm a 43 year old heifer whose eyes are much like my personality - way better in my 20's).... so I figured WHAT THE HECK?? Just chug it. Flashback to the college days... CHUG, CHUG, CHUG! Only this time, the results were promising, not like back in college.
My first thought? This stuff isn't bad. I mean, it's sweet, yeah. Look at the ingredient list. This is it:
Filtered Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Gum Arabic, Organic Lime Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Organic Stevia Extract, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger, Organic Capsaicin
It's certified as follows:
NonGMO, Gluten Free, Kosher, Organic, good lord it's everything that you want in a product. It's free of bad stuff and full of..... well.. let's get to that....
I was mid-swallow when all of the sudden, I kind of felt a burning sensation in my intestines. Maybe it's my intestines? More like my "guts." I say guts because I really didn't KNOW what my intestines felt like right up until that moment. I mean, I know humans have something like 32,987 miles of intestines - but right up until that point - I had no clue where they were.
That changed pretty immediately. My insides were on FIYAH!
I was already committed. It was down the hatch. My lips may have gone slightly numb, but I can neither confirm nor deny this. I finished the shot.. I mean, I'm a self-respecting heifer. I had to finish what I started. I was laughing at this point, at my own laziness. Of course it burns. Read the damn bottle SPORTS BEVERAGE WITH A KICK.
Duh. What'd I expect? Only then did I turn the bottle around and squint really hard to read the ingredients. Water...blah blah blah...pectin.... blah blah blah... Organic Stevia Extract...blah blah blah....ORGANIC SPICE EXTRACTS.... ding ding ding we have a WINNER!
Duh. Read the label, heifer.
By this point, my friend, who was at the park already, was laughing at me. But hey, I'll try most things, at least once. The package says it is scientifically proven to prevent and treat muscle cramps, so WHY NOT??! My calves couldn't feel much worse - tight and crampy, before a long run so it made perfect sense to give it the old college try.
Well, whaddya know, heifers??? I was 4 miles into my epic heifer-run and NO CRAMPING. Truth be told, I had actually forgotten that my legs were achy sometime after reading the bottle.
I wasn't sure if it was in my mind, or if this little can of goodness was legit. So I put the second bottle up on the top shelf of my fridge, the shelf reserved for my running nutrition. All my FAVORITE things that my kids aren't even allowed to GAZE UPON, because I will smack them for even considering a sample taste. This stuff had the esteemed privilege to chill next to my favorite protein shake, and my favorite Siggi's brand yogurt. That is some SERIOUS esteem, I'm telling you. Esteem!
Second long run came a week later. I was EXTRA sore from a smack down like only my trainer can provide. Legs were not feelin' the love. This time, I KNEW to brace for impact - I chugged that shot like a boss!
It definitely packs a punch, but this time I knew ahead of time to prepare for it. I was READY to rock my long run. Guess what? Not only did it completely PREVENT any muscle cramping during my run - my legs felt AMAZING after my run, which is unprecedented for me. I'm a heifer, come on. "Everything hurts and I'm dying" is my motto on long run days. i ran longer than I had in several months - and NO MUSCLE CRAMPING. Not.One.Bit. Magic? No. HotShot.
Heifers!! I am SO glad I gave this product a try. So glad in fact that I'm going to very carefully dole out the next 6 that I now have, in my fridge, on the shelf of high esteem. I'll use them on long run days with the full confidence that they will actually help prevent muscle cramps. I would never have believed it if you told me about it. I had to TRY it for myself, and really, I'm so glad I did. To get YOUR HotShot crazy-spicy-elixer-of-goodness, click here. Your muscles will thank you forevermore!
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These guys want you to feel good! Now, get out there and keep MOOOOOving forward, heifers! Just make sure you do it with some HotShot. And no, they did not pay me to say this. :-)