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by kevin rutherford and nuun elite kara goucher
Over the past few months, thankfully several athletes have been retroactively awarded Olympic and World Championship medals. Each of these athletes dedicated years of hard work for a chance to earn that medal, and this is vindication of everything they’ve given to their sport. But for many, this moment brings mixed feelings.
A decade late, they are unable to share a moment of pride with their country on the podium. There are no tears of joy to take in what they just achieved, there is no prize money, and there are no sponsorship bonuses. And often, there is little communication from their sport's federation
Here at Hydration HQ, we believe in three things: clean product, clean sport, and clean planet. As part of our commitment to continue to reduce our environmental footprint, we're offering free delivery to our Seattle neighbors!
In honor of Earth Day, next Friday (April 21st), we will run, bike, walk, maybe even crawl, to hand-deliver as many webstore orders as we can.
Science is constantly evolving, and with that comes learning. Over the past decade we’ve closely studied how the human body functions during endurance exercise, and found that hydration plays a key role in helping mitigate the stresses of endurance exercise. With that comes performance, the first sport drink mix verified by the Non-GMO Project and Informed Choice, reassuring our commitment to clean, pure ingredients.
But just what is Performance?
we're excited to return as the official hydration sponsor of the san francisco marathon! there's nothing like running across the golden gate bridge, and the incredible views make every hill worth it. so, with a little help from team nuun, here are 8 reasons we think you should join us at tsfm this year!Read More
you often hear people speak about running in the morning with a tremendous amount of gusto and enthusiasm. and for many years, I tried to assimilate myself to this group of uber-motivated morning people. however, after years of trying to pretend that this is enjoyable I had an epiphany; “running in the early morning is the worst. the absolute worst”. all that being said, I understand that life sometimes necessitates a morning run in order to run at all during an overly busy day. but the question I have for you is, “if given the choice, would you still run in the morning?”Read More
Whether you're superstitious or not, we all have our race day rituals. From wearing our lucky socks to rocking out to pump up jams to eating the right breakfast, these routines help us feel ready for anything as we toe the start line. But have you ever wondered how professional athletes prepare for competition? We did, so we asked a few of our elite athletes to share their rituals with us. We were happy to hear they still get nervous before a race, too!Read More
Fartlek. That's fun to say!
For those who have never incorporated fartleks into your training, it's a style of speedwork that is designed to be flexible. they're unlike traditional track workouts where you run hard for a set distance then rest. Often, runners will sprint to a visible landmark, then rest, then pick another landmark and sprint. It's a great way to prepare for race day, when uneven terrain, bottlenecks, and competitors surging around you can lead to variations in pace.
'‘Beat your own best!’' are words to live by here at nuun. We are continually striving to push our boundaries and limitations in an effort to accomplish big, hairy, audacious goals. For someone, that might mean finally crushing your PR and finally getting that BQ. For another it might be overcoming your swimming fears and completing your first triathlon. For me? I decided to attempt two new distances within a year; a full Ironman and a 50K. Two things I thought I could/would never do. I finished my first half Ironman thinking, “Yup, I would never be able to double that.” I crawled across the line of my first marathon thinking, “I will never run further than this… ever!” Turns out, I was thinking too much about how I wouldn’t, not that I actually couldn’t, do those things.
So, the challenge was on! I was going to prove to myself that I had the dedication to push and train for two distances I thought I couldn’t do. Last year, I completed an Ironman and a 50K within 2 months of each other. AND since it was such an eye opening experience for me, I thought I would share a few tips, tricks and reasons why I think you can, and should, step up your game and go the distance as well!
Imagine training with your favorite sport nutrition and hydration brands for months and with great success. Then imagine achieving your personal best on race day using those same sport nutrition products only to find out you unintentionally consumed a banned substance. I know you are thinking that this would never happen to me. But don’t be so sure. This past week I was surprised after reading three athletes had been given suspensions for consuming a banned substance, one of them being on the 2016 nuun elite team.
Do I believe our athlete knowingly ingested a prohibited substance? The answer is simply no, I don’t believe that based on the information I have read. But this situation highlights a big issue at hand for athletes and the industry at large. There are so many options for athletes when it comes to sport nutrition. Many of them are solid, quality products. But how can any athlete trust that their nutrition is, in fact, “clean?”
by mike sommers, field marketing lead
as a lifelong runner, cycling had always been intriguing to me. the two sports seem to have a lot in common on paper and so it has always been on my list of activities to give a shot. it wasn’t until I had a major lapse in running motivation this past summer and sold my car that I decided to make a concerted effort to improve my skills on two wheels.
luckily for me, I already had a road bike thanks to some gentle prodding from some of my co-workers a few years back. ...Read More