How BYE's Magnesium electrolyte shot helped me finish the Mont Blanc 23 KM mountain trail race
By Robert Heinsch
I love running, and I love the mountains. This is what I realised about two years ago, so I thought it was a great idea to combine those two passions and sign up for one of the oldest and most popular mountain trail races: the 23K Mont Blanc run in Chamonix, France. Only after I had signed up, I realised that this included 1700 m of elevation gain, and for a short time I had second thoughts whether this was such a great idea after all! Especially, given that I live in The Hague in The Netherlands, and the highest elevation close to my house is a 25 m high dune at the beach near Kijkduin!
I was somehow relieved that last year the race had to be postponed due to Corona in June 2020, which gave me the chance to prepare a bit better and join the great team at www.trailrunnen.nl where I am currently training for my first ultra-marathon. And apart from the wonderful community and the helpful training advice they gave me, they also brought me in contact with a great product line, "Boost Your Energy" or B-Y-E food supplements, energy bars and energy drinks for runners, triathletes, and any other endurance athletes.
As every long-distance runner who thinks about how to get additional energy on those long runs, and who wants to recover as quickly as possible, I already have probably 20 years of experience with various products which promise better hydration and stronger endurance. But with everything which lives on big promises, I often have been disappointed by those products, especially because my body seems to react not well to artificial flavouring or ingredients of any kind. And my body doesn't like too much sugar either.
I was very curious when I first had the chance to test the BYE products. They promise to deliver great performance without any chemical flavorings but rather rely on a natural basis for their products. I tried the BYE energy bars, magnesium shots, the isotonic drink, and the isotonic gel, and I have to say that all their products are a very welcome solution to the established brands (which are usually way too sweet and sugary for my taste).
The BYE energy bars have become one of my preferred snacks on these 2-3 hour long runs; the isotonic gels have sometimes helped me to finish a long run strong when I was tired and maybe over-trained; but since last weekend the magnesium electrolyte shots are definitely my favorite BYE product.
Last Saturday, I finally stood at the starting line of the Mont Blanc 23 K race (this year almost 25 km long because of Corona measures - don't ask), and I was eager to climb up these 1700 m of elevation gain ... until I came out of the first aid station where I may have had too much Coke and one sugary snack too many: my left calf started to cramp. This has happened before when I was not properly hydrated, was sweating too much, or my system reacted to a high sugar intake. So at this point I was just starting to tackle the longest and most challenging ascent of the race, while my left calf was feeling like a muscle might rip soon! That same muscle did actually rip 4 years ago during a ski accident. Knowing this, I was seriously getting worried whether I would be able to finish at all.
But then I remembered that I still had an ampoule of the BYE magnesium shots in my race vest. I drank half of it, and within seconds my left leg relaxed, and the pain went away. 3 km later I took the rest of the ampoule, and I was able to enjoy the rest of the race, including the amazing views at Mont Blanc, as well as the great atmosphere along the course all the way to when I crossed the finish line happily being cheered on by my fiancée.
Overall, I really can recommend the BYE products. I very much appreciate the natural approach and the avoidance of any chemical ingredients. The energy bars taste well and don't give you an immediate sugar rush, but rather release the energy in a controlled way. I think this has something to do with the natural ingredients. I hope the BYE company will continue their success story and that you will be able to find their products being widely available in the future. From my side just a final "thank you"for helping me finish the Mont Blanc 23 K race and making 1700 m of elevation an enjoyable experience!