I’ve been a nuun convert for a while now. I used it while training for the Marine Corps Marathon in 2008 and recently rediscovered it. I’ve found that drinking water on long runs does not work well for me, even if I’m eating gels on a fairly consistent basis. I used to drink various “ades”, but really, who needs that many calories and all that sugar? I’m not a sports nutritionist by any means, but I’ve found that I feel better on my long runs when I fill my bottle with nuun. I’ve also started drinking a glass of nuun when I come home from shorter runs where I haven’t taken anything with me. (Actually, I’m sort of addicted to the stuff and find myself making up reasons to drink it LOL) But, I’m not trying to sell you anything, every body works differently and what works for me may or may not work for you. And the things that taste good to me, well, I’m sure many of you consider my love of dark, strong beer just strange. ;o)
nuun comes in a tough tube that is water resistant and perfect for carrying in your hand, bike jersey, pack…wherever. 1 tube = 6 litres (~1.5 gallons) – enough for a good ride or a week at the gym. and if you travel, forget trying to find your normal drink or suffering the indignity of bags of powder bursting in your luggage, a couple of tubes in your bags will get there in one piece and get you through the week of training in colorado or the pyrenees.
we spent years researching the levels of electrolytes needed for the product to be absorbed the quickest and to provide optimal salt balance to prevent cramping and maximise hydration. an editor of a major triathlon publication used nuun and had “no cramping issues for the first time ever in an ironman”.
designed for the active palate, nuun’s got a light flavour that’s not overwhelming when you’re on the go. if you’ve ever watered down sports drinks because they’re too strong, then you’ve made them less easy to absorb; this ultimately defeats the purpose of using them. some call the nuun taste ‘tart’ and that’s probably the best description we’ve found yet, other than ‘just right’!
a bottle of water, 1 nuun per 500ml (~16oz) … doesn’t matter where you are, how windy it is, how much space you’ve got – drop in nuun and you’re good to go.