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Kara Puts Plus to the Test

We’re thrilled to partner and work with Kara Goucher, a two-time Olympian, rock star mom, health advocate, and one of most decorated professional American distance runners.

One of the great things about working with Kara is her willingness to put our new products to the test and provide us with feedback. Some time ago, we pitched PLUS for Nuun to Kara, explaining the unique flavorless components and how the fast-releasing carbohydrates and added electrolytes will help fuel her faster for those harder, longer workouts. She was excited we were coming out with a product like this, and was eager to try it out.

Read Kara’s thoughts about PLUS below!

A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to score some PLUS early. I was excited to try out this new product. Would it help me run faster? Would I feel better I’m training with it?

Fast forward a couple of months and I have my use of PLUS down. I use it for longer sessions. For example I use it every Sunday for my long run and additionally for my longer interval session for the week. About an hour to an hour and a half before my long run or hard long interval session I will drink about 16 ounces of PLUS mixed with Nuun Active or Nuun Energy. I feel like this really primes my system for the workout ahead. I then sip on it during the workout, at hydration stops on my long runs or between intervals on the track.

How is this different from regular Nuun Active or Nuun Energy? I drink Nuun everyday. I try to drink 8-16 ounces of water plus Nuun about an hour before every run and then I sip on it during the day. I always have a bottle of Nuun at the gym as I go through my weight lifting routine. But for my longer runs and workouts, I have started to add PLUS. For me, these are sessions that are gong to last longer than 75 minutes or so. I mix it with my regular Nuun- my favorites are Lemon Lime, Lemonade, and Strawberry Lemonade Active, or Lemon Lime and Cherry Lime Energy. It really does not change the taste of the Nuun. It is slightly thicker, and a tad sweeter, but it still tastes light and crisp, what you’d expect to taste from Nuun.

Ever since I started using PLUS on my longer runs and training sessions I have noticed a difference in how I feel. I don’t get that thirsty feeling as quickly. I don’t get that dehydrated feeling as much at the end of my long sessions. Honestly I feel better at the start and all the way through my longer training sessions. Will this make me run faster? Only time will tell. But, I know that I have been feeling better and stronger on the longer sessions, and typically better training equates better performance. I am really excited about this new product from Nuun. It’s taking your hydration to the next level, and that’s only going to make things better!

-Kara G. 

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