My love? My downfall?

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Bet you didn’t think this post would be about soda!  I am a total sucker for the stuff.  My drink of choice is pictured above.  An ice cold, Diet Lime Coke.  Now, I am not a snob or anything, I can drink a Diet Pepsi with Lime, too.  Regular Diet Coke, yep, that’s cool.

As a runner, and being part of the running community in general, I hear all sorts of bad things about soda.  I hear about people kicking the soda habit, and how much better off he or she is after.  Makes one feel more alive, and cleansed.  I am not sure I really buy the hype of giving up my Diet Coke.  I don’t drink alcohol, so why can’t I have my fizzy soda pop?

Before, during and after runs, I do like to charge and recharge with electrolyte drinks like Gatorade or Powerade.  I often have Zym drink tablets, and Nuun on hand to drop into a bottle of water per-run.  I like them both, and the variety of flavors offered really makes it interesting.  I just don’t think I am ready to give up my soda.  Plus, I never drink the full sugar versions of any soda, I much prefer the taste of a diet drink.

The reason I am writing this blog entry is to sort of spark a debate, both external and internal.  Do you drink sodas?  How do you feel about them?  Do you think they affect fitness performance?  Share your thoughts, I would love to hear them.