The Coco Craze

A couple of months ago, I had a discussion with a friend on different kinds of workout drinks. She had told me that she heard the newest craze is coconut water. Its supposed to be a very nutritious way to hydrate your body and is full of potassium and antioxidants without the sugar and calories, making it a highly recommended drink before, during or after a workout. I had been meaning to try it and finally got around to getting some over the weekend. While grocery shopping, I walked up to the shelf, picked up the first carton of coco water I saw, VitaCoco, and loaded six more of those things into my cart -- one for each day of the week. I didn't even look to see if there were other brands. Big mistake. Huge.

So Monday morning, as soon as I was done with my 4-miler, I walked in the door, headed straight to the fridge, opened up a VitaCoco, and took a huge swig. It was ice cold and I was so excited to drink it. As soon as I tasted it, I turned right around and spit the whole thing out in the sink. It tasted disgusting -- rancid even! Now I grew up in Hawai'i and my Grammy had a huge coconut tree in her yard. I remember when I was little, my Grandpa used to husk green coconuts and let us drink the water right out of it, so I know what coco water is supposed to taste like.

I was so confused. This couldn't be what the all the buzz was about. Was it me? Later that day, while chatting with colleague, the subject came up. She grew up drinking coconut water too, so was very familiar as to what it was supposed to taste like. The next day I brought in another VitaCoco for her to taste. She wasn't at her desk, so I just left it there, knowing she'd know who it was from. A couple of hours later I got an email saying,

"Throw that thing out! Its disgusting -- not what coconut water is supposed taste like! Get your money back!"

See, I knew it wasn't me!

But still, there had to be something more to this coco water craze. So I put it out to Twitter to see what feedback the Twitter Running Community had about this. Ali recommended VitaCoco, but in the Acai & Pomegranate flavor; while Tara recommended mango-flavored Zico. So I decided to put it to a taste test.

Last night I went back to Whole Foods and got Zico (Mango flavor) and One (plain). There was only plain VitaCoco so unfortunately I couldn't try the Acai & Pomegranate one.




I already knew how plain VitaCoco tasted so I didn't need to relive the horror again. This was automatically going to be in last place, no matter what.

After tasting Zico and One, I'll have to rank One in second place, and give top props to Zico. Tara was right - the mango flavor is really good! I'll definitely be drinking again!

One was ok, but I think I would have liked it more if I could have tried another flavor. Plain just doesn't do it for me, although One in Plain flavor is still a hundred times better than Plain VitaCoco.

After this morning's workout (click here to read about it), drinking an ice cold mango-flavored Zico really hit in the spot -- very refreshing! Sweet, but not in a sugary way. I bet I can even add it to smoothies -- can't wait to experiment!

Invigorator Socks

Another new thing I tried yesterday was Invigorator compression socks. I forgot I'd ordered it a week ago, so when it got here on Wednesday, it was such a nice surprise!

Compression socks provide support for foot pain, fatigued legs, and help with circulation, ideal for runners who spend a lot of time on our feet.


Although I wore them under my jeans and a pair of ankle boots, the tightness of the socks made me feel like I was wearing skinny jeans and knee-high boots. It was great.


It was also really warm which I loved because the wing of my office where I sit is an icebox -- freezing! I have to keep my space heater on all day long (I really hope the facilities team doesn't read this).

I can't wait to see how these socks make my legs feel after the 9-miler I have planned for Sunday!