I’ve had a few friends rave to me about For Goodness Shakes, absolutely adamant that it’s the latest revolution in nutrition and sports recovery for runners and those focused on cardio-based work. I was rather unconvinced: what the hell was wrong with a banana and a spoonful of peanut butter?
However, I resolved to give it a go: two weeks of a shake after every run (I try and run around 3 miles, five times a week – weekends off).
Inevitably, my strength and endurance typically tailors off towards the end of the week, but because the run makes me feel sharper when working, I don’t want to give up running daily. So, can the range make me feel like these raging racing machines?
The Berry Issue
Having grabbed five shakes (three different flavors – chocolate, berry and vanilla), I set out for Monday’s run eager to see what would occur. Returning to the house about twenty minutes later, I grabbed the berry bottle, tore off the silver film and glugged it down.
It tasted absolute atrocious. I mean seriously grim. Whatever else happened, the berry one would not be getting another test. I duly chucked it in the bin, rather disgusted and longing for a banana instead.
However, after an hour or so, I started to feel a bit different. Whilst mental alertness has never really been an issue post-run, I normally have some soreness in my quads for the rest of the day. This, though, did not happen: after a couple of hours, I felt as refreshed as I had just before I’d actually gone for the run.
This was an impressive start.
Tuesday and Wednesday followed a similar pattern: go out for the run, chug the shake, and feel largely refreshed for the rest of the day.
Oh, and the chocolate shake was way, way better. To the extent I could probably drink one in a café and be pretty happy with it. The vanilla was the middle ground, but perfectly tolerable. I’d definitely present the chocolate as the best, though, by some distance.
End of Week Agony?
So, to the first great test: the end-of-week soreness. It was pretty typical for me to have some pretty strong soreness by Thursday afternoon or so: the equivalent to having done some serious weightlifting the day or two before.
Whilst it hadn’t disappeared, there was definitely a reduction in the pain I felt, and there was a lot more fluidity to my movements. I would actually compare the soreness to how I used to feel post-run on the Monday, which was a substantial improvement on the old banana and peanut butter days.
Overall, then, I’d say it’s a definite thumbs up. I feel more fresh, stronger and with more energy, even towards the end of the running week. I can’t recommend enough that you try For Goodness Shakes for yourself and see if they work for you.
The only main concern, though, is the price. At around £1.50 per bottle, you’re looking at £8 a week or so – a lot to spend if money’s tight. If you can afford it, though, it seems hard to not recommend you at least try it out. You will save if you buy the economy package (20 servings per tub) from Amazon.
About the Author: Rose McLellan is a freelance fitness enthusiast and writer based in the UK, who currently works in association with Kettler USA, a firm she rather bizarrely first discovered when hunting for patio furniture, though soon finding her way to the fitness equipment pages!