by heather kampf, nuun elite and queen of the road mile
So I get these weekly emails from my coach about where and when Team USA Minnesota is meeting for workouts throughout the week. It seems silly, but I honestly just cried with joy when I received it today because for the first time in 10 weeks, I’m not just deleting it. I GET TO WORK OUT WITH MY TEAM TOMORROW ON THE TRACK!!
I should probably rewind a little bit though…on March 30th I went out for a normal run, I felt a little flat, and thought to myself, ‘I should replace these shoes’.The rest of that day I was a little achy in my right SI joint, an area that has acted up sporadically for as long as I’ve been running. This had been particularly true after a hard fall on that right side this past winter when I was out walking my dogs on an icy day. It was one of those things I didn’t worry much about though, because it always seemed to get better with a little treatment and never actually hurt when I ran...
By that evening, I couldn’t walk. After an MRI a couple days later, I learned that workout might possibly be the best 10 x 300m ever run with a sacral stress fracture?
by Lindsay Khan
When I was 11 or 12 years old, I remember crying on track and field day as I walked two laps of the track that had been spray painted on the grass at my elementary school. When I was in high school, I was in swimming and was asked to try a track practice. I ran the practices and couldn’t walk the next day. My childhood was riddled with knee injuries from competitive dance, and running was the furthest from something you’d find me doing. When I was 19, my mom joined a learn to run clinic. Surely if she could do it, I could too. I could barely run 200m without stopping, but I was determined to run 5k. Two months later, I did. I am a firm believer that things come to us when we need them the most. Running came into my life exactly when I needed it - even if I didn’t know it at the time.
10 years and two kids after that 5k run, I ran my very first marathon and qualified for Boston. A few months later, I learned about the elite standards for the 10k at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and signed up to run a 10k. The B standard was sub 40:00. I ran 37:54 and my elite application was accepted a few days later. I knew it would be a difficult transition going from Boston to a 10k within 5 weeks. I was physically and mentally exhausted when I completed Boston.
by vishal patel
At nuun, the benefits of hydration come second nature to us, because every one of us lives an active lifestyle where hydration plays a key role. We try and communicate the importance of hydration regularly, and create great tasting products to suit your various needs. But I often wonder, do people really know the true benefits of hydration? Or even do people really know what drinking fluids really does for us?
Below are some of the fundamentals principles of hydration that are often neglected.
we know you understand the importance of staying hydrated, especially now that summer is here. but it can be tough to know how much fluid you need. too much fluid during a workout can lead to stomach issues, and too little can lead to dehydration. fortunately, there's a simple test you can run to help you create a hydration plan!
follow these easy steps to calculate your sweat rate.
summer doesn't officially start for a few more weeks, but high temperatures are already here to stay! as you've probably already noticed, your usual pace feels a lot harder in the heat than in cooler temperatures. your body needs time to adapt to heat and humidity, and acclimating to the heat helps reduce your risk of heat related illness.
follow these tips to help your body adjust.
By Lisa Spencer, vp of mojo
It’s dark. It’s quiet. It’s early. Too darned early for what I am hearing – the perky chirp of my alarm breaking the silence. Yet here it is, 5am already.
I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, check the weather app twice since my eyes are not really focusing yet, and pull on my running clothes. A quick stretch and roll out of my legs, an even quicker shot of espresso, and I’m out the door, on time to meet my most-regular running partner at our normal starting point.
Yes, I am one of those reflective-vest wearing, flashlight carrying morning runners. And while my younger self would have NEVER guessed it, I have grown to love my early morning runs for more than only expedience.
The days are getting hotter, and the runs are getting sweatier. We tested out the perfect spiked nuun smoothie to help you cool down, and replenish electrolytes at the same time. Sweet, creamy, nostalgic, boozy, AND hydrating. Does it get much better?Read More
By Chef Vishal
This dish is very easy to whip up and a staple in my kitchen. Adding a protein (chicken, steak, tofu, or chickpeas) can turn this ‘side salad’ into the main course. Enjoy!
By Vishal Patel, Chief Nutritionist
Over the past several months, I’ve been gearing up to make my ultra-debut with very low expectations on how fast or slow I’ll run. For me, my goal for my first ultra is to survive, and not have any nutrition issues!
An area I preach repeatedly to any athlete I work with is to practice, practice, practice! Which is why I finalized what I was going to eat and drink during the race many months ago, so I can practice during training, and make any necessary adjustments before race day.
For this blog, I’m focusing on what to eat, why you should eat, and what I eat and drink before a workout and during training.
By: Vishal Patel, Chief Nutritionist
Nutrition and hydration can play a major role in how our bodies can recovery after a tough workout. I’ve spent the most time researching recovery nutrition, over any other facets of sports nutrition because I truly believe it’s the most important.
Why? Because how we recovery will dictate the effort of the subsequent workout. If that isn’t enough to show how important recovery is, think of this way…elite and professional athletes dope to help improve their recovery. The illegal substances they’re consuming (EPO, HGH, etc.) all work to help repair and re-build the body, allowing them to work harder the next day, then athletes who are competing clean. Dopers still work very hard during training, but by cheating you speed up the time it takes for your body to repair itself.
For this blog, we’ll focus on three ‘general’ aspects on recovery; timing, immune health, and nutrition.