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long rides are about fuel and survival

Near the end of every year, cycling apparel brand Rapha poses a challenge to riders around the world: ride ​500 kilometers (around 310 miles) between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This may seem easy enough, but once you throw in the usually less-than-enjoyable weather that time of year, holidays (and the usual travel and family obligations that come with them), and the abbreviated daylight hours, it starts to get a little inconvenient.

I usually complete the Festive 500 by chipping away at the mileage a little every day, with a few days of rest here and there to make time for family and the holidays. This last year, with more obligations than ever, I decided to get a little crazy, and try and complete the distance in one ride, and convince some of my more gullible/adventurous friends to join me.

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Chef Vishal: Quinoa Salad

By Chef Vishal

Recover like a pro with this plant-based, vegan quinoa salad.

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​A Tribute to the Morning Run

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.

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Nuuntini Testing: Nuun Creamsicle Boozy Smoothie

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?

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Chef Vishal: ​Couscous salad

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!

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Fueling Your Ultra

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.

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Nuuntini Testing: Tangerine Lime Nuunarita

The best part of a margarita is the fresh, crisp flavors that tempered by sweetness. This simple twist on a Nuunarita adds some vitamins and a touch of electrolytes, for a nourishing and invigorating cocktail.

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chef vishal: kombucha

When I find myself consuming a particular snack, food, drink, etc. on a regular basis, I try and re-construct the recipe to control the quality of the ingredients. Cleaner, more pure ingredients will perform much better in your body.

With that said, like most of the country I’ve been on a kombucha kick for quite some time now, and I only recently started brewing it at home hearing one of my co-workers (Arielle) talk about how easy it is.

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Earth Day 2017 featuring Nuun-Powered Delivery!

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.

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You’re Invited! Join Us To Learn About The Next Generation of Sports Nutrition.

Join Nuun Hydration CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) Kevin Rutherford, and Stacy Sims (PHD, nutrition/hydration expert, and author) for an interactive Q&A. RSVP below to join us at one of 5 locations across the country.

The latest scientific studies in the world of sports nutrition and hydration are leading us back to nature. And whether it’s a hike, a race, or to reach a feeling of health and vitality, the reaching your nutritional goals is easier than you think.

Why does a focus on clean sport, clean product, and clean planet matter, and what will the next generation of sports nutrition look like?
Kevin & Stacy will focus on the 3 C's and why clean matters to help you achieve your personal best.

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