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By: Kara Goucher
Running has been one of the central focuses of my life since I was 12 years old. I ran races in the summertime with my grandpa for fun starting at age 6, but at 12 I joined the cross country team at my junior high school. Running came easy for me. Once I figured out a little bit of pacing, more often than not, I found myself crossing the line first. I loved that running felt so natural. After playing, and struggling, with so many other sports, running was the first sport I did that felt familial. I didn’t have to think about where the soccer ball was hitting my shoe or the angle of my tennis racket in my hand. I just ran. It was freeing and exhilarating.
After years of running fast, loving my teammates, and winning state titles, running suddenly became hard. I was a junior in high school and my body was changing. I was breathing so much harder, my body didn’t seem to respond when I told it to push.
We don’t know about you, but we’ve got our eyes on PyeongChang this February! With thousands of incredible athletes gathering from across the globe, performing at their peak abilities, we can hardly wait for February 9 to get here!
Nuun is stoked that so many of our very own ambassadors will be participating in the games this winter. We’ve been fans of each of these athletes for years. We’ve watched them set their goals, train towards them, and we can’t wait to cheer them on through their respective finish lines next month!
Without further ado, we are pleased to introduce our very own Nuun Ambassador Olympic Athletes!
We’ve received some fantastic questions from you regarding the Nuun Ambassador Program! Below you’ll find many of those questions answered. So have a look and let us know if you have additional questions in the comments!
When can I apply to join the Nuun Ambassador Program?
Where will I be able to find the Nuun Ambassador Program application?
Do I have to be a professional athlete to apply for the ambassador program?
At Nuun we are so happy to have a best-in-class Ambassador Program. And you may wonder, “What makes a best-in-class Ambassador Program?” The answer is: THE PEOPLE! The Nuun Ambassador Program is comprised of the most amazing and motivational athletes who are true cheerleaders for our brand.
The best part is that each year, we open up the program to invite Nuun consumers (new and seasoned) to apply to become one of our valued brand ambassadors. This November, we will open the 2018 Brand Ambassador Program applications, and we welcome all applicants. As our CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) says, “Nuun is hydration that inspires people to move more”.
Check back for more details on the Ambassador Program details in the coming weeks! In the meantime, read what some current Nuun Ambassadors have to say about the program!
Welcome to the world of triathlon! Get ready to work hard, have fun, and love lycra. I’ve been training and racing for about 15 years now but I still keep two principles in mind from my earliest days: keep it simple and this is a lifelong sport! Below are some tips for anyone considering becoming a triathlete!Read More
By Amy Sproston, Nuun ELITE athlete
Nothing about my 2017 UTMB was going according to plan. I found myself back in roughly 400th place (40th female) about 50km into the 170km race. It all felt like déjà vu though, as I had struggled at UTMB in my previous 4 attempts. I had only finished once before in 2012—the year that the course was shortened due to snow. I’d felt fine at the start, but about 20 minutes in I realized that I was going to have GI issues and started looking for places to stop. This was a theme the first 12 hours, and 10 bathroom stops and 2 trips to medical tents had really slowed my progress.
maor's road to the world championships has been an exciting one, to say the least. she first qualified for a spot in rio at the ottawa marathon during a tough heat wave that left many unable to finish the course, despite being her first ever marathon! then early this year, she worked hard to overcome an injury and prove her fitness. now, she's headed to london to race in the iaaf world championships, feeling confident and ready to show what she's made of.
click below to read our q&a with maor!
we're proud to sponsor nuun sigma sport, a london-based cycling team that races both on and off the track. we sat down with cameron fraser, team manager and road/track cyclist, to learn more about the world of track cycling and how the team juggles work, life, and training. plus we've got his pick for winner of the tour this year!Read More
by katie rodger, the juice philly
It’s here, it’s finally here! That magical place called SUMMER, where the days are long, the nights are short, and the workouts are well...sweaty. So whether you're training for your first 5k or a longer race come fall, how you hydrate in the heat is as imperative to your routine as your long run.
From muscle recovery to athletic endurance, the right balance of carbs, fat, sodium and electrolytes are crucial components to maintaining your competitive edge. So as we stare down our goals and load up on our greens, we’ve added a boost of caffeine to the surplus(es) of the season, combining cucumbers (to hydrate), mint (to tame the tummy), and matcha to rev up your metabolism, steady your mind, promote concentration, and even enhance your mood .. all before those coveted cardio endorphins kick in!
Ready to sip your way to a stronger, more satisfying summer? Let’s do it!
by heather kampf, nuun elite and queen of the road mile
So I get these weekly emails from my coach about where and when Team USA Minnesota is meeting for workouts throughout the week. It seems silly, but I honestly just cried with joy when I received it today because for the first time in 10 weeks, I’m not just deleting it. I GET TO WORK OUT WITH MY TEAM TOMORROW ON THE TRACK!!
I should probably rewind a little bit though…on March 30th I went out for a normal run, I felt a little flat, and thought to myself, ‘I should replace these shoes’.The rest of that day I was a little achy in my right SI joint, an area that has acted up sporadically for as long as I’ve been running. This had been particularly true after a hard fall on that right side this past winter when I was out walking my dogs on an icy day. It was one of those things I didn’t worry much about though, because it always seemed to get better with a little treatment and never actually hurt when I ran...
By that evening, I couldn’t walk. After an MRI a couple days later, I learned that workout might possibly be the best 10 x 300m ever run with a sacral stress fracture?