The mere mention of Amino's had me sold (almost) but I was still going to do my research. Back when I played rugby, I took Amino Acids as a pre workout and the pump I got from them was awesome. I felt I could lift weight and last longer every time I took a few scoops. For that reason alone I was sure I'd give Hornet Juice a try. I did my research and although I found nothing overly scientific to back its theories I ordered a sample batch. I'm not going to go into great detail about what they say it does and how it does it, you can read all that stuff here. Instead I want to simply talk about how I performed on the four occasions I took it. Before I do that, let me say that there are lots of permutations to consider and lots of data to compare so lets get into it.
The first sachet I took was on a Sunday in February. I ran 10km and did it in 43 minutes. I felt ok but nothing too spectacular. (Data) Last April I ran the Samsung night run in 43 minutes and that was a race. My fastest 10km is 42 minutes and on this random Sunday having done a 70km spin the day before, I ran it in 43 minutes. Consider the elements, the same time as my fastest recorded race, the day after a long spin and alone. Now it is important to remember I have been training since last April. In that time I have raced a 70.3 and a marathon, so my pacing and endurance has no doubt improved since last April but even still, not a bad result I think, maybe this stuff does work.
The second sachet I took was before my first 100km+ cycle. The report on this is self explanatory. The furthest I had ever cycled before this was 85km in prep for my 70.3 Ironman. On this day I spent over four hours on the saddle and there were no issues at all. Again, did this come down to my own improvements as an endurance athlete or was the juice helping out? (Data)
The third sachet I took was this weekend just gone and it, along with the fourth and final sachet, may really lend weight to this product working. I did a brick session on Saturday that incorporated a 1hr turbo followed by an immediate 5km run. I pushed hard on the Turbo outdoors and in the sun and averaged 33kmh. When I dismounted the bike I felt pretty wobbly but managed a 3:53 first kilometre off the bike and then a 21 minute 5km run. Not so long ago I was running 20/21 minute kilometres in the Marlay Park Run and here I was running a 21 minute 5km right off the bike. I was pretty happy with this and again, this may well have been down to Hornet Juice. (Data)
The last sachet I took was before Sunday's LSR. I am running the London City Marathon in April and really need to increase my long slow runs. This was my first long run since before Dublin City Marathon and I felt great. Remember, I had done a brick session the day before so I had no business running this LSR at any sort of pace. My battery died but I clocked (on my polar) an 18.3km run in 1:24:18. (Data) I was running sub 5 minute kilometres and in some cases sub 4 minutes. What I am most happy about is that I covered the entire 18km without a drop of water, a single gel or showing any real need for fuel. This is extremely rare for me and I honestly put it down to Hornet Juice.
To conclude, the data speaks for itself and when compared to older times and distances it is clear there are improvements. However, one should expect improvement over time as a rule so how much of this comes down to the product and how much is down to me simply improving? The drink tastes fine, I know as I have had some pretty terrible proteins and creatines etc. over the year. It goes down easy and I noticed no ropey side effects like an upset stomach or anything. I guess like many things when it comes to training, different things work for me than will work for you and vice versa. You can order a sample pack here and I recommend you do. Will I buy Hornet Juice again? Yes I probably will, if anything, placebo has got me through an awful lot on the rugby pitch over the years. In this case there seems to be some evidence, allied with placebo, this product gets my thumbs up. Phil