As promised: The gender neutral giveaway

There’s been some whining of late around the blogsphere (ahem, Chris K.) that there are too many “girlie” giveaways. In fact, one particular blogger even took it upon himself to offer a “manly” giveaway yesterday. Well, I’m here to say that while he may discriminate against women with his giveaways, I will take the high road and offer a giveaway for both genders.

While at the Richmond Marathon expo last Fall, I stopped by the Pacific Health Labs booth and chatted with the guys about their products. I’d seen them before but had never tried them. Much of the philosophy behind Pacific Health Labs’ products is based on the 4:1 ration of carbs to protein. Here’s what they say about it:

Until the late 1990s, exercise and post-exercise nutrition for athletes was all about carbohydrate. Then a group of leading exercise physiologists came together to formulate the next generation of sports nutrition products based on the very latest science. They discovered that a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrate and protein significantly enhanced hydration, increased endurance, reduced exercise-related muscle damage, and accelerated post-exercise muscle recovery compared to carbohydrate alone.

Only Accelerade sports drink, Accel Gel sports energy gel, and Endurox R4 performance recovery drink contain the 4:1 ratio. Use the links below to learn more about the clinical studies proving the superiority of these products compared to conventional sports nutrition products.

Luckily for me, these guys were game for letting me sample their products and then write a review and do a giveaway. And when I say sample, I am understating. A HUGE box arrived on my doorstep full of goodies. I was able to try their Accel gel, Accelerade Hydro sports drink, Endurox R4 recovery drink, and Forze GPS nutrition bars. Here’s what I thought of them all:

  • Accel gels–Pacific Health provided me with a variety of flavors, including chocolate, raspberry cream, and vanilla. I am pretty much a GU vanilla bean fan, but I found that I liked these, especially the chocolate. Not too sweet, which is something I generally don’t like about most gels. When I get up to marathon training mileage again, I’ll be incorporating these into my long runs.
  • Endurox R4–This drink is designed for recovery from efforts lasting more than an hour. I tried the fruit punch flavor. I found the drink a bit thicker than what I am used to, but it tasted good and I felt like it helped move my legs to faster recovery. I’ve been using it after some of my longer trainer sessions of late and find that my legs are responding. 
  • Accelerade Hydro–Pacific Health gave me packs of lemonade and fruit punch flavors. This product is designed with 30 percent fewer calories and 55 percent less sugar than comparable products. Well, for someone not burning as many calories right now without running, this is right up my alley. I love this product. The lemonade flavor is my favorite; I can taste the salt in it, which makes me feel like my stores are definitely being replenished. In the summer, I feel like I lose a lot of salt, so this will be my new go-to rehydration product.
  • Forze GPS bars–Pacific Health markets these as bars that help control the body’s appetite control signal. Again, right now, this hits home for me. I tried both the cranberry nut and chocolate peanut butter flavors. I liked the cranberry nut, but I loved the chocolate peanut butter. My son liked them too and I soon found that he was swiping them before swim practice. Does it control appetite? I think so–it would stay with me for several hours, and that’s not bad for 160 calories. 

Now it’s your turn: Pacific Health wants to offer one of my followers $75 to spend on their products. That’s a LOT of training nutrition people! Here’s what you need to do to enter (separate comments please):

  1. Be a follower or become one and tell me (required)
  2. Go to Pacific Health Lab’s Facebook page. Like them, and tell them I sent you and what you learned about their products after looking around on their web site. (required)
  3. Spread the word via your blog, Twitter, or Facebook and let me know (bonus)

The contest will run for two weeks and I’ll pick a winner on Feb. 2 via

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  1. JenniferLeah says:

    I am a follower and I am super psyched about this giveaway. I was just reading in The Paleo Diet for the Athlete that THIS IS THE ONLY STUFF OUT THERE WITH THE 4:1 ratio

  2. JenniferLeah says:

    We all know #1 never wins so…glad you want seperate comments!! LOL

    Linking on my blog and will tweet about this too

  3. marathonmaiden says:

    i'm a follower

  4. marathonmaiden says:

    i posted on fb

  5. I Follow…and will link on blog

  6. marathonmaiden says:

    and i liked on fb and learned that they use a 4:1 ratio

  7. I need a little more information before I commit to this contest. Being a man, I am a bit commitment-phobic. Do any of the products come in pink packaging?

  8. Gender neutral and also functional!

  9. Runners Fuel says:

    Already a follower!!

  10. Runners Fuel says:

    Liked them on fb.

  11. Runners Fuel says:

    Posted on my blog!!

  12. i'm a follower!!

  13. I'm a follower

  14. I linked your blog

  15. runninglawyer says:

    I'm a follower

  16. runninglawyer says:

    I liked Pacific Health Lab on FB and told them what I liked about their products!

  17. runninglawyer says:

    Spreading word on my blog:

  18. S Club Mama says:

    I follow

  19. racing dawn says:

    I'm a follower!

  20. racing dawn says:

    Like on fb… I've used accelerade and endurox in my training. Love em both – great products!

  21. *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I'm a follower!

  22. Though I came over to read about your ITB, I can't let a giveaway go by so yep, I'm a follower!

  23. I promise to "like" on Fb when I get home and out of Nazi control land at work! :)

  24. Follower

  25. Not ONE of their products has naked ladies on their wrapping – is this a trick contest?

  26. Tweeted @kovasp

  27. Forgot to mention that the new banner is awesome

  28. follower = I also like the banner :)

  29. Mamarunsbarefoot says:

    You know I'm following!!!

  30. Teamarcia says:


  31. Teamarcia says:

    I linked you on my blog

  32. Teamarcia says:

    I tweeted

  33. Teamarcia says:

    I like PHL on FB

  34. Since I've started visiting Miss Zippy almost daily, I figured it was time to follow.
    I'm a follower! :)

  35. I "liked" Pac.Labs on Facebook – not sure why I didn't before because I tried their Forze bars and thought they were great.

  36. Facebook and a Tweet = done :) :)

  37. I am a follower and love Accelerade. My nutrition drink of choice while on the bike.

  38. I liked Pacific Health Labs on FB.

  39. i posted on Facebook 2X.

  40. I'm a follower!

  41. Linked from my blog

  42. Liked PHL on facebook

  43. Tweeted @welcometoboston

  44. Great giveaway! I'm a follower.

  45. *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I like them on FB and left them a comment. This is the first time I've heard that protein is important for proper hydration which is important for preventing muscle damage. Interesting and I can't wait to try it!

  46. *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I linked this on my blog

  47. *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I tweeted – tracyrunning

  48. I follow!

  49. Jogging with Fiction says:


  50. Jess @ Blonde Ponytail says:

    I follow you, stalk you, whatever!

  51. Jess @ Blonde Ponytail says:

    Liked on FB!

  52. Jess @ Blonde Ponytail says:

    tweeting @Blonde_Pony

  53. Bill and Debra says:

    I am following.

    debra @

  54. I am already a follower!!
    How is the leg??

  55. I'm a follower :-)

  56. I am def going to look into their products!! I was just @ the Disney World Expo and completely missed them but I see on their Facebook page that they were there!! Oh yea I like them on FB!

  57. I like them on FB. I have a feeling I could really use some of their products in the coming months – especially the recovery formula. Hope I win!

  58. I'm a follower.

  59. Average A says:

    I follow — LOVE the new look on your site!

  60. I'm a follower!! Love your blog!

  61. I liked them on facebook and commented. Amazing products!

  62. Andrew Opala says:

    I can't commit either … can't we just be really really good friends?

  63. Jim ... 50after40 says:

    I'll check it out now!

  64. I'm a follower!

  65. I liked them on FB

  66. I am a follower!

  67. i liked them on facebook and left a comment!


    I am a follower!


    You are linked on my sidebar!

  70. I'm a follower

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

  71. I like and commented on their facebook page

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

  72. Phil Dearly says:

    I am a follower.

  73. Cynthia O'H says:

    I'm a follower.

  74. Cynthia O'H says:

    Posting on my blog.

  75. Cynthia O'H says:

    Posting on Twitter.

  76. BabyWeightMyFatAss says:

    I follow!

  77. BabyWeightMyFatAss says:

    I liked them on FB!

  78. BabyWeightMyFatAss says:

    I posted on my blog

  79. momwifefitnesslife says:

    I follow your blog.

  80. momwifefitnesslife says:

    Did the FB thing too! :)
    I am interested in the FORZE bars…..

  81. momwifefitnesslife says:
  82. I am a follower!!

  83. I follow!

  84. Liked them on FB and ordered some Forze GPS bars…can't wait to try them.

  85. ShutUpandRun says:

    Great giveaway..I follow!

  86. I posted a link on my blog sidebar.

  87. Stephanie Anne says:

    im a follower

  88. Stephanie Anne says:

    posting to my blog!

  89. Stephanie Anne says:

    im a facebook fan

    I like the forze bars & how they can help you stay satisfied while training to avoid consuming excess calories!

  90. I am a follower!!

  91. I'm a follower!

  92. Just linked you on my blog :)

  93. Elizabeth says:


  94. Elizabeth says:

    Posted giveway on my blog sidebar

  95. I follow you via GFC.

  96. Follower

  97. Posted on my blog.

  98. Endurox R4 – and this drink is more than an hour back to work and design. I tried a fruit juice flavor. I found that drinking a little bit thicker than I'm used to, but it tastes good, I think it helps to promote a faster recovery of my leg.


  99. Paula - Running Mom of 5 says:

    I'm a follower.

  100. Paula - Running Mom of 5 says:

    I like Pacific Health Labs on Facebook and I left them a message.

  101. Paula - Running Mom of 5 says:

    I posted this giveaway on my blog.

  102. I am a follower – how did I miss this giveaway earlier? I love this stuff!

  103. I like them on FB. Endurox is what I use after my long runs for recovery. All 4 of my brothers use the Endurox and Accelerade during wrestling season.

  104. I posted on facebook!

  105. Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) says:

    I'm a follower!

  106. Liked them on FB. Just forgot to come back here and let you know. Good thing I checked when you reposted the contest!

  107. Tweeted @shebajc

  108. linked to my sidebar

  109. I'm a follower!

  110. I pimped this contest in the contest section of my sidebar.

  111. Holler! I follow!

  112. I'm a follower!!!

  113. I like Pacific Health Labs on Facebook and let them know you sent me.

  114. I posted the giveaway on my blog.

  115. I tweeted ~ windyrunner

  116. Tri-James says:

    I'm a follower!

  117. Momma K and her Krew says:

    Im a follower, Zippity doo dah!

  118. Momma K and her Krew says:

    I posted on facebook!

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