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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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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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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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Relay Van Etiquette

One of my favorite opportunities to interact with our awesome brand ambassadors is at a Ragnar Relay! A few times each year, we invite our athletes to join us on a Ragnar Relay team. It's a great opportunity to get to know each other a little better.

As we get ready to run our first relay of the year, here are some relay van etiquette reminders that help us prepare. You may find these tips helpful, whether you're best friends, family, or (in our case) new friends running together for the first time.

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Recovering after 26.2

​Last time, I shared how I fuel leading up to a training run. For this post, I'm going to be focusing on fundamental principles to help you use nutrition to recover after some key workouts and runs. It’s no secret that recovering from your workout is one of the most important factors in taking care of your body during training. While you are exercising, your muscles are not getting bigger, or stronger, they’re actually breaking down. You build muscle during the recovery process with nutrients such as protein. And you refuel after those long efforts with carbohydrates. The roles nutrition can play in helping your recovery will make or break the workout. Follow these tips to ensure you’re doing everything in your power to take care of your body after a long run.

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Fueling for your best 26.2

The spring road-racing season is upon us, and many of our athletes are gearing up for a spring marathon. Therefore, we thought it'd be a good idea to show the nuun’iverse how I’m fueling for my marathon attempt at BMO Vancouver Marathon in May. Over the course of the month, we will be featuring blogs on marathon fueling, recovering (for marathon training), and a sample meal plan hitting on key nutrients that will keep you fueled!

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“Can’t” didn’t stop her

For everyone who's ever been told they can't. When Miriam was born, her parents were told she would never walk. But with hard work and a will to move, now she's running marathons and seeing where her feet take her.

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7 Ways to Cross Train

Whether you're a runner or a cyclist, you know you need to cross train. Changing up the muscles you use and the activities you do help prevent injury while still helping you work towards your goal. Cross training is also a great way to keep it interesting and stay out of a training rut. But there are more ways to cross train than cycling if you're a runner, or running if you're a cyclist. These 7 exercises will help you race stronger.

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Nuun Elites in LA

​This weekend, like all others, dozens of Nuun athletes are preparing for races and competitions all over the USA and Canada. The athletes will make sure they have their “race kit” (shoes, outfit, race bib, timing chip, water bottle, etc.) laid out and ready to go. They will be thinking about their pre-race hydration and nutrition, and perhaps even how they will celebrate post-race (usually a bit different than what they consume pre-race). These races might be the culmination of months or even years of training. At the same time all that is happening, 13 Nuun athletes are preparing for a race that might be the biggest event of their lives.

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