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Best of San Francisco

Up next in our summer series showcasing our favorite training spots, we're headed to San Francisco. There are beautiful views to be found all around the Bay Area, plus the city is full of delicious food for a post-race celebration. We also love that the city's weather tends to be cooler than typical California temps, which is perfect for training.

Katie and Mason, two of our sales gurus based in the Bay Area, want you to love their city as much as they do. Whether you're new to the city or just visiting, make sure you hit up these spots.

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Best of Seattle

​All summer long, we’re giving you a tour of some of our favorite cities. We’ll be sharing our favorite spots to run, ride, or grab a post-race beer. We figured it only right to start with the city Hydration HQ has called home for the last 12 years: Seattle!

Seattle has a reputation for rain, and we love it. Without that rain, we wouldn’t have the trees, grass, moss, shrubs, and waterfalls that make the PNW so uniquely beautiful. And when the sun does shine (as it does all summer long!), there’s no place on earth us Seattleites would rather be.

You could spend your whole life exploring the 100s and 100s of miles of trails in our PNW backyard. But if you’re headed to Seattle and looking to explore, these spots are our faves.

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10 tips for hitting the trails with your pup

Getting off the pavement and onto the trails can bring great variety to your training. Breathing fresh air, running with your dog, moving your feet in different ways, reaching epic views; it’s one of the most fun things you can do with your fluffy buddy! When Yukon and I run together it's not only super fun for him but makes my run more interesting and enjoyable.

Since trail running already brings its own unique challenges, adding your dog to the mix requires a few more things to think about as you climb hills, jump over roots, and hurdle downhill at mach speed all while trying to manage your excited fluffy friend. Here are a few tips to ensure you both have fun:

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6 tips for hydrating in the heat

Summer means beautiful weather that's too nice to stay inside, but it also means heat - a lot of heat. It's supposed to be 90F in Seattle on Sunday - yikes! Training in the heat can be dangerous, but with the right prep and proper hydration, you can make it safely through this summer!

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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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