We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming, “Random Rules for Weight Loss” in order to bring you this special message from our sponsors.
Ok…Nuun is not really my sponsor and I haven’t actually written the 2nd half of that Random Rules for Weight Loss post yet so technically I suppose, it can’t really be interrupted then, but I did get some Nuun to try AND a couple of tubes to giveaway. Since it fits in well with the whole theme of weight loss (you’ll see why in a moment) and the tubes for giveaway aren’t helping anybody just sitting in my kitchen drawer, I figured I’d take a time out and get to giving it away already.
When Morgan over at Smack Media contacted me about trying out some Nuun, I was fully stoked. Nuun isn’t your average everyday sports drink that you’d pick up at the grocery store. It’s little electrolyte tabs that come in convenient easy to carry tubes. Drop one in a 16oz bottle of water and voila! It fizzes and dissolves and you’ve got yourself a power packed great tasting beverage that’s a terrific option for replacing all those electrolytes you’re sweating off during a run.
Besides being unique in it’s format, effervescent tabs, Nuun is also unlike most sports drinks on the market because it contains no sugar, no carbohydrates, and is only 8 calories, which makes it a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight and/or diabetic. I mean, why run 5 miles chugging a sports drink that’s full of the very same calories you’re trying to burn off? (You can read Nuun’s complete nutritional information here).
Sounds great right? And I knew all this, even before I was contacted to do the review. I’ve researched this product before for some of my running clients. Which kind of makes me a weirdo I know for not just buying some myself to see if I liked it, but here’s the thing, now that people are sometimes sort of interested in having me review their products on this blog, I just flat out don’t want to buy any new running gear…ever. I’d much rather try it out for free and have one or two of you join me in doing so with a giveaway. That’s way more fun (um…and free) don’t ya think? But do I actually contact these companies and tell them I’d like to do that? Nope. I just sit here and patiently wait for them to randomly discover my blog, read my mind, and contact me. Truly an effective technique right?
Fortunately for us, Morgan had already found my blog AND she can apparently read minds, because she sent me two tubes to try and a spiffy water bottle to try it in PLUS two tubes to give away to one of you lucky lucks! Thank goodness for mind readers eh?
So since, I already knew all about Nuun on paper, really trying this product out was for me, all about how it tasted and whether or not it agreed with me on a run. I actually ended up trying 4 flavors, Strawberry Lemonade (um…yuck. I’m not really sure what they were thinking here or if their taste testers actually knew what strawberry lemonade was when they decided on the name, or if they even had taste buds for that matter. IMO, this flavor is NOT good), Lemon-Lime (ok), Orange (decent), Fruit Punch (Delish! Love it. I’m sold.)
I’ll definitely be using fruit punch Nuun on future runs, particularly those runs of mine that are under 8 miles or so, runs where I definitely don’t need or want those extra carbs or calories. (For runs that are longer, 90 minutes or more, remember, you DO need to be taking in some easily digestible carbs. You can still use Nuun of course, you’ll just need to also be taking in something with carbs as well: gels, chews, sports beans, m & m’s, whatever works for you!)
Before we get to the giveaway details though, let me leave you with a couple of Nuun usage tips I’ve discovered after using it for a couple of weeks:
1) Let it sit for 2 minutes or more after you drop in that little tab. It says this right on the tube that I of course didn’t read and so instead immediately took a swig. This was not so hot. Make sure you let that little tab completely dissolve. And I’ve also found that on the flavors I wasn’t entirely keen on, they were much better the longer I let them sit. So I started dropping those tabs before I went on my run and then taking my first sip 3 miles later.
2) Let it warm up a touch. I know, it sounds weird, but it just seemed like with all the flavors they got better when they weren’t ice cold, which is kind of a bonus when you’re running on a warmer day. Now, I’m not suggesting you heat it up or anything, but just know this one’s going to taste ok, maybe even better with some flavors, when it’s room temperature. Generally speaking, in my experience, the opposite has been true with other sports drinks. (Warm Gatorade. Blech.)
Want to try some Nuun for yourself? Well, you could order it here OR you could just read a little further and enter my giveaway and get two tubes for FREE!
Simply leave me a comment either here or on Facebook about what you’d like Nuun (none) of (yeah, we’re going to have a little fun here). For example: at this very moment I’d like Nuun of my children to be sick (The Little Miss has something and The Tiger & The Peanut have started sneezing today too. Awesome.) I’d also like Nuun of this food that I’ve just served them for lunch to wind up on the floor. (HAHAHAHAHA!!!) And finally I’d like Nuun of that cold fluffy white stuff we refer to as snow to make a reappearance particularly because I made a bet with my husband it wouldn’t and it’s going to be getting cold again here this week.
Get the picture? So leave me just one comment on what you’d like Nuun of and you’re in! It’d also be a pretty good idea for you to follow this blog somehow, email, Twitter, Facebook, because when I announce the winner you might want to know if that’s you if you’ve gone to all the trouble to enter and all. If you are the winner and I don’t hear from you within a week, we’ll re-draw and keep doing so until someone decides to claim their prize.
If you’d like to earn extra entries into this giveaway and better your chances of winning, then tell some people! Use your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Email, or other social app that I’m not yet cool enough to be in the loop on. Or tell your local running club or running friends at work, whatever you can think of, just let me know what you did in your comment. As many different methods you use, that’s how many entrees you’ll get with a limit of 5 (so 6 total entries are available to you, one for commenting and up to 5 for telling people). All entries must be received by Monday, April 9th at 11:59:59PM. One of my little girlies will be totally excited to draw the winner from a big bowl of entries the next day and I’ll announce it when they do.
Best of luck!