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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
Growing up, I was someone who hated running. I would run to stay in shape for soccer, but I didn't enjoy a single minute of it. If I wasn't chasing a ball, what was the point? That's probably why just last winter, you could hear me saying I'd never run a half. But somewhere along the way, in between following all your adventures on instagram and my best friend swearing it'd be fun, I decided I'd sign up for a half marathon. I figured if I'm actually going to do this, I might as well pick a fun course. So this past Sunday, I ran my first ever half as part of RunDisney's Rebel Challenge. It took literal blood, sweat, and tears, but I crossed that finish line prouder than I've ever been. Added bonus: I learned a lot along the way.Read More
2017 is going to be the year we break up with our snooze button! no more saying "just five more minutes," and no more rushing to fit in some miles because we slept in. it takes practice to become a habit, so as added motivation this week, we're going to move at least 17 minutes every morning. why'd we pick an odd number like 17? because it's 2017. (and we may have already eaten 17 tabs this year. leg cramps are no joke!)
and we're challenging you to do it with us!
This is not a drill! Repeat, this is not a drill! Applications for our 2017 ambassador program are officially open!Read More
It is still pretty surreal for me to think that I was actually there; that I got to race in the Olympic Games and represent my country; that I had my biggest dream come true…Being part of the Israeli Olympic team to Rio was an experience of a life time.
After taking a much needed break from it all; spending time with my family and my friends back in Israel, not thinking about goals, miles, times or how many hours of sleep I got, I have decided it is time to get back to my routine and return back to Boulder.
Little did I know, that getting back to training would be very difficult; mentally, physically and emotionally.
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.Read More