By Amy Sproston, Nuun ELITE athlete
Nothing about my 2017 UTMB was going according to plan. I found myself back in roughly 400th place (40th female) about 50km into the 170km race. It all felt like déjà vu though, as I had struggled at UTMB in my previous 4 attempts. I had only finished once before in 2012—the year that the course was shortened due to snow. I’d felt fine at the start, but about 20 minutes in I realized that I was going to have GI issues and started looking for places to stop. This was a theme the first 12 hours, and 10 bathroom stops and 2 trips to medical tents had really slowed my progress.
Pre-loading electrolytes (or hyper hydration) has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. Recent studies have shown that hyper hydrating can increase your performance during endurance exercise by increasing the availability of fluids and electrolytes, and it's a practice I've personally seen training benefits from.
Have you ever bonked during a long run and reached for a gel or a chew? There are actually two possible reasons. In most cases, your body needs carbs for fuel. But in some cases, your body is having difficulty circulating water and electrolytes. By pre-loading electrolytes, you help ensure your body has what it needs to deliver fluid to your muscles during exercise. Drastically increasing your consumption of sodium and fluids can help increase circulation of water and nutrients in your blood, so your muscles can be firing on all cylinders.
The Nuun Shandy was first created after a particularly tough marathon a few years back. We couldn't wait to crack open an ice cold beer at the finish line, but we also knew we needed to rehydrate. But we felt awkward and clumsy holding a bottle of water, a can of beer, and a banana all at once. Instead, we dropped a tab into a can of beer and were pleasantly surprised to find out we loved it! That post-race beer tasted better than ever, and we were replacing lost electrolytes while also enjoying the celebration.
Over the years, we've experimented with different flavor combinations, trying to find what we like best. Click below to find out what our favorites are!
10 out of 10 Nuunies agree that Ragnar Relays are awesome! Many of us have run several different Ragnar courses, sometimes more than once. We haven't met a course we didn't like, but in case you're having trouble narrowing down where you want to run in 2018, we're sharing our favorites!
And remember to use our promo code "RR17NUUN" when you sign up to enter to win a free team hydration kit!
We're giving it to you straight up: 11 fun facts about the marathon. We hope they help motivate you through your next race, or inspire you to sign up for your first!Read More
You might think weight training and marathon training don't mix. We've all heard it before: "I'm chasing a personal best and don't want to bulk up!" But strength training is an important component to cross training for a marathon. The right exercises improve your stability, build power in your legs, and reduce your risk of injury. Adding lean muscle mass also improves the rate at which your body burns fat!
Cross training can help you reach your goals, but overdoing it can derail your training. So how do you incorporate lifting into your training plan?
We all know sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health. The 7 mile run or the 60 minute trainer ride before work help, but aren’t enough. The key is to stand up and move for a few minutes several times throughout your work day. Taking the long way to the restroom, going for a walk (or run) at lunch, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator are all easy ways to move more.
And this easy, do-anywhere movement sequence (courtesy of our friends at InHealth Sports Injury and Performance) only takes 5 minutes! It's our daily "muuv at nuun" routine, and it not only gets you out of your chair, but will also help ease tension in your back and shoulders from sitting hunched over at a desk all day.
it's officially september, and that means fall marathon season! any marathoner will tell you there's no feeling quite like the first time you finish 26.2 miles. and to help you reach your first marathon finish line, we have a few tips to ensure a successful race day!Read More
oh no we didn’t! an adult slushy?? wine and watermelon with a refreshing, icy twist. this nuuntini will fit in perfectly with tapas and conversation at your next rooftop party!Read More
Hydrating the masses means a lot of travel! And whether we're traveling for work and for play, training waits for no one. We polled our team for their best tips on fitting in your workout while on the road. Follow these tips to stay on track!Read More