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7 tips for winter running

winter may not officially start until december 21st, but with sub-freezing temperatures hitting across the country, it's basically already here. for some of us, that means it's time to take our training indoors. for the rest of us that prefer the cold to the treadmill, here are a few tips to help you get through winter training injury-free.

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our 2016 holiday gift guide

If you're like us, the quickest way to make your face light up is opening new gear. whether you're shopping for cycling fanatic friends or looking to treat yourself, here's what we were loving this holiday season!

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staying hydrated during winter

winter is coming, but that doesn't mean training stops! if you're headed into off-season training,​ don't lose your hydration habits. being just 2% dehydrated can lead to a decrease in athletic performance. and yes, it may seem like you don't sweat as much in the winter, but don't let that mislead you.​

when you're cold, your body attempts to preserve heat by lowering your sweat rate. but cold temperatures also mean laying up. the additional layers raise your skin temperature and can actually lead to a higher sweat rate. to balance the cold weather and your body temperature, shed layers after your warm-up but keep your extremities (feet, ears, hands) covered and warm.

then, focus on hydration.​

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Nuun Ambassadors 2017

​It’s almost time for one of our favorite seasons… no, not the winter holidays, we’re talking about ambassador application season! We look forward to this experience as we connect with our most dedicated and enthusiastic fans, and have the opportunity to invite new athletes to apply to be part of our nuun family! Our ambassadors help to spread the #nuunlove everywhere they go. They also get exclusive product discounts, opportunities to participate in events with us, and access to cool ambassador-only swag!

If you think this sounds like a team you’d like to be a part of, keep reading to find out if you would be a good fit!

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Nuuntini Testing: ​Rum-Orange Hot Chocolate

The weather is getting cooler, and we’re ready to get cozy. This inventive hot Nuuntini is the perfect way to warm up, rehydrate, and unwind after a chilly run.

Ingredients
- 1 hot cocoa packet
- ½ tablet Nuun Orange
- hot water
- 1 oz rum...

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we choose to opt outside

we believe in pounding the pavement, in living life behind our handlebars, and in pushing our limits. ​we've never enjoyed standing in a queue. if it's not for a start line, what's the point?

that's why this friday, we're closing our office, skipping the lines, and headed outside.

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Chef Vishal: Beet Salad

With a little prep, you can whip this salad up in less than ten minutes. I usually keep the base ingredients in this salad on hand for an easy, nutritious dinner after a long day.

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caffeine and performance

​By Vishal Patel, Chief Nutritionist

One of the most widely consumed beverages in the world is coffee. And if you’re like me, you don’t necessarily drink it for the caffeine. You drink it for the preparation, to appreciate the quality of the beans, and to brew a perfect cup of coffee.

Admittedly, not everyone is like me. Most people drink coffee for the caffeine, which has a tremendous impact on the normal physiological functions of a human being. It works as a stimulant, releasing certain hormones that give you a burst of energy.

At nuun, we love caffeine, not only because it’s a critical component of our city’s favorite beverage (coffee), but for the performance benefits of consuming caffeine before, during, or after your next adventure.

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competing clean at all levels

Last week, we announced our partnership with the Clean Sport Collective. In addition to working to improve access to blood testing for more races, CSC is encouraging athletes of all skill levels to take the clean sport pledge. (If you haven't yet, we think you should!)

We can all agree that professional athletes should compete clean, and the age groupers too. But what about the rest of us? If there's no prize on the line, does it even matter?

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Training Through Pregnancy

By Sara Colangelo

Rejoice athletic moms-to-be! The American medical community is finally behind prenatal exercise for the majority of pregnancies. Exercising while pregnant is known to: improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness; lift your mood; ward off gestational diabetes and hypertension; fight fatigue; decrease body discomfort and excess weight gain as pregnancy progresses; and prepare your body for an easier labor. Yes, please!

Pregnancy is not the time to take up new activities (except maybe prenatal yoga – I’m now a convert!) but with certain adjustments, many training routines can be continued while cooking your little bun in the oven. Below are some common activities and modifications that I’ve discussed with my doctor and tried myself!

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