I’m back, I’m done painting and even better I’m running! I feel so happy lately, and a little exhausted from our mad painting scramble earlier this week.
My Achilles is not 100% but it is so much better and the key was getting back into the proper shoes for me and heat therapy. What a world of difference those two things made. Now that I am back, and starting to add in some more mileage, I am definitely feeling the effects of the heat and humidity.
I am a big fan of hydration. I drink a lot of water each day. When it gets warm out and you are sweating more, and especially if you are marathon training, it isn’t just about hydrating but how you do it and what you are hydrating with. Before and during my runs I stick to plain water. But after my runs I make sure to get some electrolytes back into my system.
All of that salt that you lose on your sweaty runs means that your body is losing a lot of electrolytes. Those electrolytes are the ions that make your muscles function properly. When you lose those ions during exercise, you cannot expect your body to work as effectively. Making sure that you quickly replace electrolytes will help to keep you one smooth running machine. It even goes beyond the muscular level. Electrolytes help to keep your heart and kidneys working properly, as well maintaining your glycogen levels. With all of these essential things, you can see why runners need to be on top of this.
Years ago I started using Nuun tablets after long hot runs to help get my electrolyte levels back where they should be. These tablets are easy to pop into water, give it a nice fizzy substance, and taste pretty good too. I also love that they are so low in calories that it almost doesn’t count. I don’t know about you but it drives me nuts to think about running and burning all those calories just to down them all back in some sugary sports drink. And if Kara Goucher thinks they are worth using in her training, I’m pretty sure they are great for me.
I reached out to Nuun a little while ago and asked them if they would share a few samples with our MDA Team Momentum charity team. Not only did they respond right away but they generously sent us a bunch of sample tablets so that all of our marathoners could give them a try. They also asked me if I would try out a new product they have, Nuun Energy. I of course said yes!
Nuun Energy is the same awesome tablet as before but has some added caffeine and B Vitamins. There is no added sugar and only 8 calories per serving. I am not a fan of energy drinks. I never have been and I think they can be really bad for you. I am however a big fan of coffee and if it was healthy, I would drink it all day. For me it isn’t just about the caffeine, but I just love the aroma and flavor. I don’t think you should rely soley on caffeine to keep you functioning but there is nothing wrong with a little pick me up from time to time.
Having the option of a low calorie drink with some added vitamins and a bit of caffeine was appealing to me. So Saturday morning after we finished an early morning training run in Chicago, we hopped in the car for a 5 1/2 hour drive to our house in Northern Michigan. I pulled out the Nuun Energy and my husband and I both gave it a shot. We needed the hydration and a little energy sounded like the perfect thing for our long drive.
Let me tell you, this stuff is the real deal. It wasn’t a crazy boost of caffeine, but just enough to keep us going for the afternoon. It was the perfect thing for a post early morning run and delicious as usual. We both had the cherry limeade flavor and agreed that it was great. With just a touch of caffeine you won’t experience any jitters or other side effects. In fact, it was just the right amount for a slight needed boost.
With any Nuun product you can expect quality ingredients, no added sugar and no high fructose corn syrup. The thing I despise about most energy drinks is that they are loaded with sugars and other substances that completely go against everything you just did while exercising and a healthy living in general. Getting out there and exercising is the first step. Putting good things back into your body to refuel is the next and arguably most important part.
Take a look at Nuun Energy online or contact your local ambassador for more information. Right now through June 29th they have free shipping on all orders. So you don’t even need to move to get started on your hydration plan!
Are you a fan of Nuun? What other electrolyte replacements do you like? A special thanks to Nuun for sharing with our team!