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Nuun Ambassadors’ Best and Worst Advice

You probably get lots of training advice. The thing is, you often only realize what’s good or bad advice after trial and error. If it’s bad advice, you’ve at least wasted time, and perhaps moved away from rather than toward meeting your goals.

So take our advice: Learn from others who are experienced and accomplished in their fields. Below, Nuun ambassadors from a variety of sports answer two simple questions. First, what’s the best advice you ever got that’s applicable to most people in your sport? Second, what’s the worst advice you ever got, and why wouldn’t you want others to follow it?

Regardless of your sport, you’ll want to read through all the answers. They contain wisdom that applies not only to many activities, but in some cases to life.

John Jarrell

Cody Jarrell, Tennis, Strasburg, Virginia

Best advice: Strive to play 25% of the time with players above your ability, 25% of the time with players below your ability, and 50% of the time with players right at your level.

Worst advice: A family member asked me why I continued tennis into college, and told me I should stop playing because I would never make money doing that. Ten years later, I’m head professional of one of the most prestigious facilities on the East Coast. You can make any sport or activity a lifestyle or even a career; it’s simply a matter of commitment.

Christine Kenney

Christine Kenney, Triathlon, New York, New York

Best advice: I work a very demanding, time-consuming job, so finding time to log long training hours is difficult, especially when training for an Ironman. Once someone told me to focus on the quality of my workouts and not quantity, things really clicked.

Worst advice: I have not really received any bad advice. I have been very selective in who I choose to take advice and listen to. So maybe that is what I would suggest: Be selective in who you take your advice from!

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Jesse Coombs, Kayak, Corvallis, Oregon

Best advice: Do it because you love it. Not because of some sense of requirement, or peer pressure, or competitive insecurity. Simply do it because it puts a smile on your face and makes you happy. The rest will come naturally.

Worst advice: “You have to go now because the camera is rolling and the lighting is just right.” You should learn at a progression that is comfortable and right for you. And you should embark on an activity or sport only when it feels right to you, regardless of external pressures.

Elizabeth Allen, Cycling, Danielson, Connecticut

Best advice: Have fun and ride loose. Bicycling is the best sport ever. You learn how to do it as a kid and you can do it pretty much forever. However, the fun can be easily sucked out of it if you aren’t careful. New riders in particular tend to grip their handlebars way too hard and then wonder why they’re tired.

Worst advice: “You should never ride in the ‘granny gear.’” That’s bad advice especially for new riders. Hills are a struggle when you first start, and given the choice between someone using those few easy gears or walking, I want them to keep pedaling, even if they could almost walk up faster. It’s a mental thing—you feel better knowing that you’re riding even if you’re going nowhere fast.


Grayson Giboney, Golf, Des Moines, Washington

Best advice: Have fun and enjoy golf.

Worst advice: Go ahead and cheat when nobody is looking.

Meet our 2014 Hood to Coast Runners

This year, Nuun’s very own Ambassadors will be leading the way as our two teams conquer the 200 miles journey from Mt. Hood to Seaside, Oregon during the 2014 Hood to Coast relay. Read below to meet the runners and find out why they are excited to run Hood to Coast. Continue to follow the fun by searching #nuunHTC on Twitter and following each runner below.







George O. | Henderson, NV | @georgeokinaka
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Strawberry Lemonade

I am really excited to run Hood to Coast with Nuun because it is probably a once in a lifetime experience, and I am really looking forward to building new friendships with my fellow Nuunbassadors and the Nuun staff!

Sean M. | Phoenix, AZ | @sean_mcmanus
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Cherry Limeade Energy

Why are you excited to run Hood to Coast with Nuun? Hood to Coast is the Superbowl of running relays. To have the opportunity to run HTC this year with the Nuun team is a runner’s dream come true! Nuun has been such a great company to be a part of the last couple years, and I can’t wait to share the Nuun Love out on course by keeping all runners hydrated!

Hyla R. | St. Helens, OR | @HylaRidenour
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Cherry Limeade

I’m excited to run HTC with Nuun because epic adventure requires epic hydration! I love Nuun and look forward to sharing my passion for their products, and optimal hydration, with my fellow runners on the course!

Lisa B. | Born in UK, lives in Florida | @LisaBuohler
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Strawberry Lemonade

I am so very much excited to be part of a fantastic team of dedicated and determined athletes that believe in the power of hydration and electrolyte balance and share a love for a fantastic product. All show enthusiasm to work together as a team and share the power of Nuun.

Amanda R. | Prescott, AZ | @Momwhotris
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Cherry Limeade Energy

A relay race something I have never done before and way out of my comfort zone. But it will only make it that much more fun and challenging for me.  I am even more excited to meet my fellow “Nunnies” in person and to consume massive amounts of Cherry Limeade Energy…watch out I’ll be flyin’!

Justin F. | Winter Springs, FL | @JustinLFricke
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Lemon + Lime, Strawberry Lemonade

I’m excited to run Hood to Coast with Nuun because I get to spend 24 hours in a van and running with some of my fellow Nuun Ambassadors. It’s a great way to see Oregon, a state I’ve never seen. Honestly though, I’m really looking forward to drinking and having all the Nuun my little heart desires, right at my fingertips, all the time.

Melissa C. | Austin, TX | @melissalicia512
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Watermelon

The opportunity to represent this fantastic company at the Mother of All Relays is truly an honor! Hood to Coast is one of those races everyone absolutely needs to experience. This will be my second relay and I’m looking forward to spreading the #nuunlove in the PNW with my teammates who are just as crazy about the product (and running!) as I am. Can’t wait to run hard, have fun, and enjoy every single second of the journey with Nuun from Mt. Hood to Seaside, Oregon!

Rachel M. | Cullman, AL | @runinhighheels
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Watermelon

I am so excited to run HTC with Nuun because it has always been a bucket list item for me. When I started running, I never thought this would ever be a possibility for me to do something like this! These people are my kind of crazy and I can’t wait to make some amazing memories with them!

Susie S. | Born in England, lives in Hawaii | @longrunergy
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Lemon + Lime

I’m excited to run in the HTC because I love the energy and excitement of relays! Plus I’ve never been to the Pacific NW and am looking forward to soaking up the scenery of the area.

Joe S. | Boston, MA. Stationed in Fort Drum, NY | @RecyclingRunner
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Kona Cola

I’m excited to meet my teammates, to take on a huge goal by running the mother of all relays and of course doing my best to represent such a great organization like Nuun!

Tasha M. | Spokane, WA
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Kona Cola, Cherry Limeade, and Watermelon

I have been wanting to run Hood to Coast with Nuun for a couple of years now. I am excited to meet new people and have an epic weekend of running and promoting the #nuunlove.

Lauren S. | Born in S. Jersey, lives in Baltimore, MD | @BreatheBlog
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Strawberry Lemonade, Lemon + Lime Energy

I am excited to run Hood to Coast because it’s an experience unlike any other I’ve had before! I’ve been wanting to do a relay race for a while and getting the chance to do the biggest relay with a group of Nuun-loving strangers sounds awesome! There isn’t a better way for me to explore the PNW for the first time than running.  I’m so enthusiastic about running the race, making new friends, meeting the Nuun team, and having tons of fun.

Elisabeth W. | Los Angeles, CA | @ewallerscott
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Cherry Limeade

I’m excited to run HTC with Nuun because I love relays, I love adventures and I really love Nuun! I’m excited to make new friends (strangers running lots of miles & sharing a van for ~30 hours = fun new friends!) and spread the #nuunlove with other teams throughout the course. I think this will be the adventure of a life time and I can’t wait!

Jenny R. | Portland, OR | @jennypennysue
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Watermelon

I’m really looking forward to the combination of running a relay that I love, the support of a company I believe in and the enthusiasm of a bunch of strangers who will be new friends by the end of August!

Doug C. | Washington, DC | @dougcassaro
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Lemon + Lime (Active and Energy)

I’m excited to run HTC with Nuun because of all the other great runners I’ll get to meet. Northern Oregon is a place I’ve never been, so I can’t wait to explore this beautiful part of our country. Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how excited I am to drink loads of Nuun the whole weekend, especially Nuun Energy!

Jim C. | Madison, AL | @JPC_Marathoner
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Watermelon

Why are you excited to run Hood to Coast with Nuun? I have been wanting to try a long distance team relay race for several years. To get the chance for my first one to be Hood to Coast is unreal! Plus, to get the honor of promoting Nuun while participating is icing on the cake.

Liz G. | Maryland | @eglomb
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Strawberry Lemonade and Fruit Punch

I’m excited because I’ve seen the teams that Nuun has fielded over the years and now I get to be one of them!

Kevin Y. | Las Vegas, NV | @kevlv
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Tri-Berry

I am excited to run the epic HTC relay with Nuun because I know it’s going to be one big Nuun party! It’s going to be awesome to meet other Nuunies that share my same passion for running. And who better to run this challenging race with than those who inspire and motivate me?!

Eric R. | New York City, NY | @DirtyOldSneaker
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Watermelon

I’ve only been a runner for eight years but was hearing about this race long before and thought all the people doing it were nuts. I’m proud to be one of those nuts now and couldn’t think of a better way to run it that with a team that my favorite electrolyte tabs put together. I’m looking forward to meeting runners from around the country and conquering the race with them!

Sophia D. | Palo Alto, CA | @trails4life
Favorite Nuun Flavor: Watermelon and Banana

Ever since I first ran Mt Si Relay while in college at UW in 2008, I have been looking to run HTC. I have been hearing about the race for years and the epic adventure and fun times along the course. I’m excited to run with the Nuun team this year because I will get to share both my love of running, and my love of Nuun with people along the course. One of my favorite things to do while hiking is handout Nuun to dehydrated/under-prepared hikers, so I can only imagine the fun we can have passing out Nuun and tagging vans along the HTC course with hundreds of other runners around us. I am also excited to be holed up in a van for a few days with other like-minded crazy runners, making new friends and lasting memories.


What it Takes: Completing a 400+ Day Run Streak

Have you ever done a ‘run streak?’ You know, run at least a mile every day for say 30 days? Maybe a couple months? How about 400 days? Well, Nuun Ambassador Chris Malenab, has taken the run streak to the next level and recently hit the 400 day mark. And you want to know what’s impressive? He averages over 9 miles per day. No 1-milers for this guy. Here is a Q & A with Chris about his streaking and what he has experienced over many miles.

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Nuun: Why do you streak? Did you plan this or has it just happened over time?

Chris: I really don’t have a purpose of streaking except it allows me to get out see the world around me. Some people like their morning cup of coffee, which I do too, but I like my morning run more. It originally started as a way to get some high-volume marathon training in during the month of December 2012, but then I was added to a Streak 2013 Facebook Group to see if people could run 365 days in 2013. After being added into this group, I thought sure let’s try it. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how long it would actually last.

Nuun: Do you have days you just don’t want to run? If so, how to do motivate yourself to get it done?

Chris: I always want to run. I really haven’t had to dig deep inside and try to motivate myself to get it done. I think it has become part of a routine. The joys of slipping on my running shoes and stepping outside is motivation enough.

Nuun: I know you run a lot of marathons too, so no rest days prior?

Chris: ZERO rest days! Since December 10, 2012 when my running streak started I have completed 1 6-hour endurance run (39.75 miles), 7 marathons, one 30k, six half marathons, three 10-mile races, one 8.5-mile race, one 10k race, and one 5k race. In those races I have ran a BQ with a 3:09:25, my second and third fastest half marathon times (1:27:23, 1:28:05), my fastest 10-mile time (1:05:42), fastest 10k time (38:41) and fastest 5k (18:55), along with running the longest single distance of 39.75 miles in a 6 hour endurance run.

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Nuun: When is your favorite time of day to run?

Chris: I love the mornings. I am fortunate enough to be pretty close to the American River, so if get out early enough, I am able to see deer, coyotes and other animals on my run.

Nuun: Favorite running route?

Chris: With running as much as I do, that is always changing. My most recent favorite route is called the Ninja Loop in the Marin Headlands. I was just introduced to this loop a couple of weeks back when I went out and ran with a group of friends. On a clear day, you can see the entire Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge which connects Oakland and San Francisco. It was definitely worth the 1 hour and 30 minute drive to get out there.

Nuun: How do you stay fueled and hydrated for you runs?

Chris: Fueling wise, I always carry a SunRype Fruit bar with me, but will always load up prior to my run with about 24 pieces of ENERGYbits. In regards to Hydration, my water bottle is loaded with either Nuun Kona Cola or Cherry Limeade, sometimes I put a tablet of each to change up the flavor. Along with Nuun, I obviously hydrate with water.

Nuun: How do you stay injury free?

Chris: Luck? I mean there are a couple times out on the trail that a fall could have been worse, so luck has to play with a little bit of being able to stay injury free. The other factors I credit to my injury free running is weekly acupuncture treatments and working with my sports chiropractor, Dr. Jesse Saenz,  every 2-3 weeks. My stretching and foam roller routine is based on corrective exercises that are suggested by my sports chiropractor after he took me through the FMS Testing to identify parts of my body that need to be stretched or strengthened more than others.

Nuun: Since you’re over 400 days now, what’s your goal with this run streak?

Chris: 401 days? I really don’t have a specific day that I want to reach. I enjoy running so I figure the less I think about the streak, the less it becomes a chore.

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Nuun: Any tips for someone trying to start a run streak?

Chris: I would suggest that the streak shouldn’t be the one and only reason someone wants to run. Outside of a few mentions on social media on big events like hitting my first 100 days or more recently the 400 day mark, I don’t pay too much attention to the streak. I think you have to love running, you have to enjoy lacing up your shoes and getting out for a run. If the streak is the only point of focus then, running becomes a job or a chore, that should never be the case. Running is a gift, want to use that gift everyday as a vehicle to learn more about yourself and more about the world around us.

You can continue to follow Chris’ streak by following him on Twitter and visiting his blog.

2013 Nuun Hood to Coast Team Announcement

The past 2 years, Nuun has pulled together teams of bloggers to run the mother of all relays – Hood to Coast. From Mt. Hood to Seaside, Oregon, those women have run their hearts out, shared lots of laughs and their love for running, created memories and lifelong friendships and blogged about the entire thing. We can’t wait to do it again this year with a new group of runners!

Reviewing all of the amazing candidates was an honor. It was no easy task to select our team because every applicant was so deserving. However, after literally hours of viewing and thoughtful consideration, here are the ladies who will be joining us in 2013. The list of 20 team members and 2 alternates are in no specific order. Be sure to check out their blogs, congratulate them and wish them happy miles!


Welcome to the 2013 Nuun Hood to Coast team, ladies!

Kimberly – Healthy Strides

Jolene – Journey of a Canuck Mom on the Run

Megan – Meg Runner Girl

Lisa – Run Wiki

Mallory – Run Eat Run Eat

Leslie – Triathlete Treats

Holly – Leaps of Faith

Kara – Welcome to Karadise

Jesica – runladylike

Catey – Random Thoughts from the Zoo

Lisa – Lisa Runs for Cupcakes

Kristen – Defy Your Limitations

Sarah – Run Far Girl

Meghan – Shoe Stories

Devon – Dev on Running

Karen – Reason to Play

Andrea – the MF Dre

Jenny – We Wander and Ponder

Lindsay – Twisted Running

Hannah – Fit Girl Happy Girl


Holly – Fashionable Miles

Melissa – Melissa Runs