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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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Chef Vishal: Simple Marinara

One area I try and focus my time and energy (when I have it) is meal prep. And one of the easiest ways I’ve found to prep meals, is to plan them out! Create a rough sketch of what your daily meals will look like for the week, so you can do the necessary prep ahead of time. That's where this recipe comes in.

A category of food that I’m always intrigued to learn more about is the art of sauce making. After realizing that I consume pasta at least 2-3 times per week (during heavy training periods), I noticed that the sauces I purchase could easily be made at home. And what’s great about making your own sauce is that you cut out several ingredients.

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Queen of the Road Mile

​Heather Kampf here! For those of you who don’t know me, I am a professional middle distance runner for Team USA Minnesota, Asics America, and probably most importantly to all of you, a proud member of ​Team Nuun Elite!

My main racing distances are the 800m & 1500m on the track, but I’ve been primarily focusing on the 1500m this season as I train for the US Olympic Trials coming up in July. Beyond the track, I’ve learned I have quite the knack for 1-mile road races as well. Over the past couple years, I have strung together a nice series of wins in various road miles across the country...to a point where I’ve somehow acquired the unofficial title of “The Queen of the Road Mile.” I’m embarrassed I even told you that, but heck, I’ve kind of just embraced it as my "claim-to-fame" now.

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​behind the name: nuun

if you're reading our blog, you more than likely already know what nuun is.

nuun is a drink tablet that when added to water creates a healthy sports drink. nuun is a community of people and athletes always striving to beat our own best in everything we do. nuun is a lifestyle that embraces doing the right thing for the good of ourselves, other people, and the planet.

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Our Top 5 Favorite Rides

From our friends at Trek Travel:

At Trek Travel, we believe the world is best seen from the seat of a bicycle. Each year our guides visit hundreds of places and ride thousands of miles across entire countries. Our expert trip designers spend countless hours discovering the best roads and hidden treasures that make a place unique. So asking us to pick our favorite ride is like asking us to pick our favorite child; they’re all too unique, handcrafted and distinctive in their own special ways. Instead, we decided to pick our top five.

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​Nuuntini Testing: Salty Dog Nuuntini

This month features a Nuuntini-twist on a super simple cocktail: the salty dog. It's both thirst-quenching and savory, and often my go-to cocktail order. And here's a little secret: a salty dog is really just a greyhound with a salted rim! But there's something so intriguing about the salt and citrus taste combo. I can't help but dig it.

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