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The Thrill of Repeat Racing: Q & A with Sheila Monaghan

Nuun is fielding a team of fitness editors for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. on April 27. One of our team members, Sheila Monaghan, will tackle the half six days after running the Boston Marathon. Monaghan is executive editor of Equinox’s Q blog and an accomplished runner, duathlete and triathlete based in New York City.

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What’s your motivation to do the Nike half six days after running Boston? What do you hope to run at both?

I ran the Nike Women’s Half in San Francisco back in 2009 and loved the experience—it was my first major women-only race, and I’ve wanted to do another ever since. Plus, I love D.C.; I lived there for some time after I graduated college, so I’m so excited to experience the feeling of racing in that city. The half marathon is my favorite distance, too. It’s long enough to require endurance but you can also run hard, so I find it really gratifying.

Boston is extremely special to me this year. I was at the race last year but, thankfully, had left the finish line area about three minutes before the bombs exploded. It’s been on my mind and in my heart ever since.

I knew I was going to come back to Boston no matter what, but in the weeks that followed last year’s race, I decided I wanted to try to break my PR of 3:11:38, so I’ve been training hard in the hopes of making that happen. If not, of course, there will be other races. But I’d love to come to the Nike Half with a new PR in hand, and run as well or better than my March NYC Half time of 1:26:00, if possible. It’s a tall order, but I’m going to go for it! That’s the fun and joy of racing, to me: Setting a goal and challenging myself.

Have you done such quick turnarounds before? 

I have. My first back-to-back was Boston to Big Sur, six days apart, in 2011. I was terrified at the prospect, especially with the challenging hills in Big Sur. But it was magical – the scenery was so beautiful and I felt great. Later that same year I did the NYC and Philly marathons two weeks apart, and I set my PR at Philly, so I am a fan of the back-to-back. One training calendar, two chances to race! Last year, I competed in the duathlon world championships two weeks after I completed my first Ironman, so I’ve experienced the multisport two-fer as well.

Will you do things differently in the immediate aftermath of Boston than if you weren’t running the half the following Sunday?

There will be considerably less pizza and beer than there would have been without a race the following week. I will be focusing on maximizing my recovery those days immediately after Boston with ice baths, foam rolling, hydration and sleep. And then I’ll introduce some light running later in the week just to keep the legs fresh and ready to turn around in D.C.

Is it difficult for you to be so running-centric for a little while given your experience as a multisport athlete?

I feel little pangs watching cyclists in the park or seeing my triathlete friends post about their swim workouts, for sure. But I made a conscious decision to focus this first half of the year on improving my running times, and I knew that to do that, I’d have to turn off my multisport brain for a bit. I made a similar agreement with myself last year while training for my Ironman, that was my big goal and the other races couldn’t become priorities.

This year, I chose multisport races that take place in the late summer and early fall so I’d have time to catch up with my swimming and cycling after Boston and D.C. I’ve had people tell me that to hit my ceiling as either a runner or a multisport athlete I’d have to eventually choose one path, but I enjoy them each too much to do that right now!

Given that women now make up more than 60% of half marathon finishers, what’s your take on the role of women-only races in 2014?

I think women-only races are awesome, and I expect there will be even more of them in the coming years. They have such a great energy and vibe. Nothing against the guys! But I think these races give women runners a much-deserved platform, a place to both compete and to shine.

What’s your favorite Nuun product, and why?

I am bona fide obsessed with Cherry Limeade Active! It is my jam, and it got me through my Ironman training last year. The tabs are great for cyclists because you can pack them in your bike bag and refill your bottles when you’re out on the road (or at the 56-mile mark of an Ironman) instead of lugging around three or four water bottles.

Cherry Limeade has been my go-to for long runs this training cycle as well. I don’t do well with a lot of fluids or gels while I’m running—I have a sensitive stomach—and Nuun gives me the energy I need without making me feel like I’m drinking a heavy, syrupy sports drink. I repeat: I’m obsessed.

#nuunchat is back with QT2 Systems

QT2 Systems#nuunchat is back, this time with QT2 Systems Jesse Kropelnicki to talk about preparing to have your best race when the weather is hot!

Are you ready to race this summer?

Hot weather changes everything when it comes to having your best race possible. It affects what you wear, how to hydrate, when to fuel, and sometimes your pace and goals overall. Come chat with Nuun and QT2 Systems to learn best practices that will keep you running and racing through the weather to come this summer.

 What is QT2 Systems?

QT2 Systems was founded by Jesse Kropelnicki as a multisport coaching outlet. An accomplished athlete himself Jesse has helped many athletes achieve their goals, and in conjunction with partner company The Core Diet provides sport and nutritional coaching to bring athletes to the next level. And now you can run your hot weather racing plan by him!

Participate and win!

3 lucky #nuunchat participants (chosen at random) will win a 4-pack of Nuun and a hydration bottle to keep them hydrated for their next race.

 Sound like fun?

  • Sign in to twitter at noon pst (3pm est) on Thursday June 6 to join in.
  • Follow @nuunhydration and @qt2systems. Participate by answering questions tweeted by @nuunhydration.
  • Use the #nuunchat hashtag to be entered to win!

More details:

What is #nuunchat?

#nuunchat is a Twitter chat. A Twitter chat is like one big real-time online conversation where participants share ideas back and forth, all in 140 characters or less.

How does #nuunchat work?

@nuunhydration (make sure you follow us!) will start tweeting at noon pdt. In order to join the conversation just reply and use the#nuunchat hashtag! Jesse will Nuunchatting too, so be sure to follow him at @qt2systems to catch his great advice and get your questions answered. You’ll have a lot more fun if you interact with other Nuunchatters too though, so feel free to reply to everyone (or anything that strikes your fancy) to offer advice or ask questions.

How do I get #nuunchat to show in my feed so I don’t miss any interaction?

Our recommendation is that during the chat you have multiple windows open. Keep one window open on your account with the @Mentions page, so that you can see when @nuunhydration, @qt2systems, or other Nuunchatters interact with you. Then keep another window open on the search page, and continually refresh your search for #nuunchat. By searching the hashtag you’ll sure to catch all the conversation for maximum fun.

Run Hood to Coast with Nuun

It’s that time again.  For a third year in a row, Nuun will be forming teams to run the infamous Hood to Coast relay and help hydrate the running masses. During the 197 mile relay from Mt. Hood to the Oregon coast, you’ll run, cheer, sleep (probably not), stay hydrated with Nuun, and have the best weekend of your life. Or at least we think so.

We’re excited to accept 20 women to form 2 teams, and this year, we’re looking for NEW faces to join us. So if you’ve never run Hood to Coast with Nuun before we want to get to know you!

When is it?
Hood to Coast Relay: August 23-24

Other Travel Dates to Keep in Mind: Festivities will start on Wednesday August 21st.  For sure, you’ll need to be in Seattle no later than August 22nd . Most runners schedule departure for Sunday August 25th in the afternoon.

What will you be responsible for?
– Bring yourself, your running gear, your sense of adventure
– You are responsible for travel to/from Seattle

What will Nuun provide?

  • Airport shuttle to/from Sea Tac airport
  • Swag.  Lots of swag.
  • Fun, but optional activities on Wednesday and Thursday leading up to race day, lodging provided
  • Vans for transport to the race start and for the race itself
  • Food and hydration for the race
  • Team accommodations at the finish line
  • Shuttle from finish line back to Seattle or Sea Tac airport Sunday

Who can apply?

You can apply if you:

  1. Have not run Hood to Coast with Nuun in the past
  2. Are female
  3. Have an active blog
  4. Love Nuun
  5. Are really fun!

How do I apply?

Submit a creative application – something that shows us who you are, that you love Nuun, have a sense of adventure, and you’ll be a blast to spend 30+ hours with in a van. Fill out this form and in the appropriate field, paste the link to your application. No applications via email will be accepted.

If you need some inspiration, here are a few winning applications from last year:



Application deadline: Friday, April 5th at midnight.

Teams will be announced Wednesday, April 17th

Use hashtag #nuunHTC on twitter to chat about your application and see who else is applying!

Training Peaks Loves Nuun

Training Peaks knows just as well as anyone that training and racing in hot weather is tough. As the temperatures soar many challenges arise, but one of the most serious ones that an athlete can face is dehydration. Raised heart rate, cramping, and hitting a wall are some of the first signs of dehydration to be aware of, but once symptoms begin there are less ways to effectively combat them. Stay ahead of your hydration plan with these tips!

From the Training Peaks Blog:

Most of us have been there. You’re in the middle of a race and feeling great. Suddenly, and seemingly without notice, you hit the wall. You go from hero to zero in seconds. If the source of your bonk is a nutrition deficit, you can usually recover with time and patience. You slow down, relax, take in some calories, drink plenty of fluid and continue once the veil of darkness has lifted. 

If your bonk is an electrolyte and hydration shortage, however, you may be in more serious trouble. Meredith Terranova, a Registered Dietician in Austin, Texas, cautions: “If you are severely dehydrated and lacking electrolytes, you may suffer extreme consequences including heat-related issues, seizures and even kidney failure.” She refers to a severe hydration and electrolyte deficit as “the showstopper” since it can quickly put an end to your race.

Read more about how to combat dehydration – including drinking Nuun – here.