Hydration Blog

Lauren loves tri and so should you!

If you don't already know ​Lauren Barnett, you should. In addition to being a successful and highly competitive triathlete, we are proud to say she's also an incredible member of our Nuun Athlete community. Fresh off her top 5 finish at IM Chattanooga 70.3, we asked Lauren to share a little bit about why she loves triathlons.


My husband and I recently moved to Kansas City, Kansas from Dallas, Texas. I’m a midwest girl at heart, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri so I feel somewhat like I am “back home” now. I spend my days running on the extensive trail system here, riding on the plethora of country roads Kansas has to offer, and swimming with a group that pushes me beyond my limits. I previously worked as a marketing director and while I loved the work I did, I am now very happy to be pursuing triathlon full-time. It is now my job, as of this year, and it really is a dream come true! I’m passionate about the sport, living a healthy lifestyle, and inspiring others to participate in triathlon.

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Tips for Your Bike Commute

We are a proud sponsor of Seattle's Annual Bike to Work Day (6 years in a row!), and wish every day was bike to work day! Biking (or running) to work is better for the environment, but it's also so freeing! No more sitting in your car raging against traffic, just keep those pedals going and enjoy the ride.

Last summer, our online marketing manager Emma jumped into bike commuting feet first. She gave up her car, bought a bike, and started riding in every day. It was a bit of an adjustment, especially in Seattle where it rains often, but she's learned a lot along the way. If you're new to bike commuting or are just considering the occasional ride in, consider her tips below for a fun, safe ride in.

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Seattle on Two Wheels

Whether you're new to town, or just visiting a city for the weekend, it's always a bonus to have a cycling friend show you their favorite places to ride, those best-kept secret trails and locals-only viewpoints. Seattle, WA, home of Nuun World Headquarters, has a number of those "must see by bike" spots, and we thought we would give you a short list of some of our favorites!

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chef vishal: curried veggies

I've talked about the role nutrition plays in post-run recovery. this nutrient dense dish is packed with mouth watering flavors and one of my favorite recovery meals. There are several ingredients, but you can find the spices listed below at most natural grocery stores. One thing I particularly like about this dish is how well it freezes. I often make double the amount of curry up front, then bottle and freeze it for another night.

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it’s all in the bubbles

One very unique feature in all of nuun’s products is the delivery system: bubbles. Our products currently are in the form of effervescent tablets, which delivers several benefits by providing an accurate dose, and/or ensuring the nutrients are fully absorbed. An added bonus, there is less waste with our tablets since they provide several servings in a small tube.

So what exactly are effervescent tablets?

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Do’s and Don’ts of Ultra Running

by Paige and Lynn,
​hydration HQ's newest ultra runners

Over the past few months, we trained for and ran our first trail ultra (and first ultra ever!) at the Gorge Waterfalls 50K. We learned a lot along the way: about ourselves, about each other, and about trail running. ​But first, for those who don't know us, here's a little bit more about me (Paige):

It wasn’t until about 2.5 years ago that I learned to love running and it wasn’t until I started training for my first Ironman that I learned to appreciate the long-distance races. I found the journey extremely humbling and realized I wanted to keep seeing how far I could continue pushing myself. That’s when I decided that my next goal would be to run an ultra marathon. Having never run trails before, I was excited for a new challenge and to learn how my body and mind perform on technical courses vs. a road. Some days were fun, thrilling and felt easy, while others were frustrating and mentally tough, but that’s what it’s all about!

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Nuuntini Testing: ​Strawberry Daiquiri

The sun is beginning to show itself again in the Pacific Northwest, which at my house means we break out the blender! A slushy, blended, boozy nuuntini is the perfect way to cool down from a run, rehydrate, and toast the warmer weather.

My favorite thing about this recipe is that the nuun tablet sweetens it! You get to skip the 1/2 cup granulated white sugar most recipes will instruct you to add to a daiquiri mix.

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Trail Running 101

Trail running allows you to connect with nature and breathe some fresh air (instead of exhaust fumes). It's somewhat different than road running, but don’t let any preconceived notions prevent you from lacing up and enjoying some sweet single-track. Be prepared to encounter dirt, gravel, streams, and lots of rocks, depending on the hiking trails you'll be exploring. What follows are some quick tips before you step out for your first trail run!

The main difference between trail and road running is the difference in terrain. This has many benefits, including increased ankle strength and stability, and stronger legs and core. Usually, the monotonous movements in road-running lead to underworked stabilizing muscles and ankle ligaments. The variety of trail terrain strengthens those muscles. So if you're used to hitting the pavement, be prepared to feel a little sore shortly after your first trail run.

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My First Boston

This past Monday was my first Boston. No, I didn't run it (I'm not nearly fast enough), but it was my first time being in Boston during the marathon. I thought working the Nuun booth at the expo would be just like any other expo. Maybe busier and more chaotic, but an expo is an expo, right? Wrong.

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Climbing Mauna Kea

​During the last week of March, I had the privilege of joining my family and a number of my teammates from ​Ride Sasquatch on a trip to the big island of Hawaii for a team training camp. The goal was to combine some great riding with lots of good local eating, time in the ocean, and some R&R in between it all. There were a number of cycling routes on the island that we enjoyed exploring, but we really had 2 big goals to cross off our checklist of must-do rides - Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, the two prominent volcano climbs on the island.

We knew both climbs would be challenging, but Mauna Kea was going to be the big test of early season fitness and cycling at altitude. Towering over the island at just shy of 14,000 feet, Mauna Kea is home to some of the world’s top star-gazing observatories, a 360 degree view above the Pacific Ocean, and one of the world’s hardest climbs from sea level. Combining an unrelenting 45 mile trek upward from Hilo Bay, 5 miles of sandy volcanic gravel road, and pitches exceeding 19%, Mauna Kea stacks up against the Alpe d'Huez, and even Monte Zoncolan.

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