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Race Day Rituals

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!

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​How You Can (and Should!) Go the Distance

'‘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!

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3 things you must expect from your sport nutrition brands

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?”

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challenge: move 17 minutes!

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!

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ambassador applications are open!

​This is not a drill! Repeat, this is not a drill! Applications for our 2017 ambassador program are officially open!

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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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Don’t sell yourself short

Don’t sell yourself short, compete clean!

Last month, I spent an inspiring few days up in the mountains of Whistler at a retreat led by the soulful athletes at Lululemon. The challenge at this retreat was less about the 12-mile mountain trail runs and more about self reflection and personal purpose. The challenge was clear: ‘we are going to have some big talk conversations versus the safe and boring small talk’.

Coming out of this retreat, I realized that we must start having the ‘big talk’ around competing clean in sport. We hold up a few doping (cheating) scapegoats that have been caught to demonstrate that we believe it is unacceptable. But have we really stepped back to think about why doping is bad? And why competing clean is the correct choice for our competition, for ourselves, and for the true spirit of sport? Just as important, what actions are we taking to create positive change? Clean sport an important initiative, both for me personally and for the industry at large. Here’s why.

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5 Reasons to Foam Roll

Foam rolling. Like it or not, it's gotta be done. For a few moments of discomfort, you can reduce your risk of injury and speed up recovery. Here's how.

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Sugars In Sports Drinks

It is no secret that our society has an issue with over-consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, and just an overall consumption of added sugars. The FDA has put forth some new rules to help consumers identify which products contain added sugars. These are sugars that are present in products but are not naturally occurring (for example: fruit has a high amount of natural sugar in the form of fructose; therefore, will not be categorized as added sugars). The new rules include a line in the Nutritional/Supplemental Facts Panel that highlights added sugars making it easier for the consumer to identify which products have high amounts of sugars.

Most of the commercial ready-to-drink sports drink options out there are littered with added sugars, and your body simply doesn't need at that level or concentration. This has led to the low-carb sport drink movements, or what I like to refer to as new age hydration. Because what science has proven over the course of many years, is that sugar does play a role in fluid and nutrient absorption during exercise. Through the years, the amount of fluid to carb to electrolytes has been refined to help maximize the role of those sport drink on your body during exercise. Even the exact ratio of certain types of carbohydrates to fluids have been studied to show what works best for the athlete.

What roles do sugars play in sport drinks?

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