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Taking the leap over to trail running: tips from a trialed trail runner!
As a lifelong road-runner, the transition to the trail running seemed relatively straightforward. Less traffic. more vertical. Good to go! Fast forward 3 weeks into my debut to the trails, and a severely sprained ankle proved me otherwise. Biggest lesson learned: the sport of trail running is drastically different from hitting the pavement.
So, what did I do? I recovered from my humbling injury and got trail smart. With a few easy adjustments, I made a much smoother transition to #traillife and enjoyed the very best of what trail running has to offer!
Miles With You
an ode to the hydration pack
My old faithful,
My voyager of the unexplored,
My pioneer of endurance.
I carry your weight,
You bring the refreshment.
A match made in trail heaven...
Take a minute and think back to the last time you tried something for the FIRST time. For many of us, it’s been a while! Do you remember the feelings of being unfamiliar with your environment? Your peers? Your gear? Over time, the gained comfort in our respective sports can lead to blinders of these uncomfortable feelings that we have since overcome.
During the month of January, the Nuun crew embarked upon a fitness challenge that put each of us back in equal court: The Nuubie Challenge. We challenged each other to return to this place of discomfort and try something completely new. Some have discovered a new-found passion for new sport, and others discovered places that they would never return! All of these experiences were equally valuable and a reminder that we all start somewhere. The challenge was equal parts physical and mental and throughout the month, there were many lessons learned about how to find comfort in the discomfort.
We don’t know about you, but we’ve got our eyes on PyeongChang this February! With thousands of incredible athletes gathering from across the globe, performing at their peak abilities, we can hardly wait for February 9 to get here!
Nuun is stoked that so many of our very own ambassadors will be participating in the games this winter. We’ve been fans of each of these athletes for years. We’ve watched them set their goals, train towards them, and we can’t wait to cheer them on through their respective finish lines next month!
Without further ado, we are pleased to introduce our very own Nuun Ambassador Olympic Athletes!
We believe in the continuous search for improvement. And when we need a little motivation, we turn to our Nuun Elite athletes! If you're looking for extra inspiration, check out the goals they're chasing in 2018. Some are familiar faces, some are new to the Nuuniverse, but all are sure to inspire!Read More
At Nuun, we believe that moving more + proper hydration are catalysts to help you thrive through life. Although this may sound obvious, our actions in society are counter to these fundamentals and as a result, making us unhealthier.
Think about the headwinds we face everyday when it comes to movement alone. We live in a box (our home). We likely drive in a box (automobile) to work and sit in a box (office), only to stare at a box (computer and cell). Then we repeat the drive home back to our box and sit and stare at a box (TV/computer). Most people live a sedentary lifestyle, indoors, for 20+ hours every single day.
This Black Friday, Nuun is encouraging our team to counter society’s sedentary lifestyle and pause on our shopping indulgence by opting outside. Our friends at REI started this movement a couple of years ago by closing their doors on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. The intent was to give up on shopping for the day and just get outside. Think of it as healing for our body and our planet. Let’s be real, we all know that it is pretty difficult to get outside without moving.
Here are 5 reasons to opt outside this Thanksgiving weekend:
Guest Blog by Chris Huller from Cycleboredom
Here in the States and northern hemisphere, we're at the halfway point in our cyclocross season. But that doesn't mean you can't jump in and join the fun. There are plenty of races to go throughout the months of November and December. Here are some reasons why you should register for your first cyclocross/cross/cx race right now!
1. It's ridiculously fun, despite what our faces are saying.
I've never had so much fun putting myself through some of the most intense, self-inflicted pain I've experienced. Yes, it's an incredibly strenuous physical activity, but one that's especially rewarding the moment you cross the line.
Training for a long-distance running event requires plenty of time, planning and passion. In the months leading up to your race, consideration for your training plan is paramount. In addition to the “long-days,” “speed-days,” and “maintenance miles,” here are a few reasons to consider adding “trail-days” into your next training plan.Read More
We love trail running year round, but fall is by far our favorite season. Winding through trees changing colors, stomping through leaves, and splashing through puddles. Plus the cooler weather provides a welcome relief from the summer’s hot months. With trail running, hydration vests work exceptionally well for hauling bear spray, snacks, and an extra flashlight – with hydration also in tow. Below are some tips for carrying Nuun in your hydration bladder so that you can always be hydrated on those single tracks.Read More
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.