#flashbackfriday and Nuun Ambassador!

It pays to check your junk mail. I started seeing a few people pop up on social media announcing their Nuun ambassadorship and realized I hadn’t made the cut. I made a last ditch attempt to check my junk mail (my junk mail doesn’t load properly on Mail) and as luck would have it, this girl is a Nuun Ambassador! I remember the good old days when my blog was just starting out and I was probably willing to review and rep any company but now I’m a little more picky. I want my readers to know that I’m truly proud to attach my name to brands I love. I legit use Nuun for many of my adventurous pursuits (aka gettin’ sweaty) and I’m super happy to be part of the team!

Two of my favourite things about Nuun: (1) it has provided the perfect balance of electrolytes for me and allows me to go for a long run without getting nauseous and (2) the flavour is so subtle and delicious that it is so much better than the sweeter sports drinks.

Nuun was a LIFESAVER on the West Coast Trail. With long days of hiking, usually between 5 and 8 hours, every day for a week, we relied on Nuun to replace our electrolytes and keep us hydrated. I remember explicitly telling my dad that I loved how Nuun helped our filtered creek water taste “less like dirt.” #flashbackfriday

I remember when I did my first marathon training cycle and I couldn’t figure out why I was so sick for the entire day after a long run. I could have a really good run and then when I finished I wouldn’t be able to eat or drink and would feel nauseous all day and I realized… electrolytes. I sweat A LOT while exercising so once I started taking Nuun on my long runs and during recovery, I felt so much better! I do the same on long bike rides. My dad and I both carry Nuun in our seat bags, along with Chapstick, CO2 chargers, and a spare tire tube.

I’m pretty excited to be a 2017 Ambassador for Nuun and I’m incredibly appreciative that I’m able to do it! For the record, my favourite flavour so far of Nuun Active is tri-berry (pictured). As I embark on my potential quest for my fourth marathon, I’m gear up with the best stuff possible. I mean, I get that it’s my body that has to get me through training and across the finish line but let’s face it, it’s nice to have an army with you during training.

I went for a celebratory 5 mile run last night before crashing early with my book and some dark chocolate and peppermint tea in bed. It’s honestly like my perfect evening at home.

What did you get up to last night?

Do you train with electrolyte supplements?

Do you have a favourite Nuun product?

Thinking Out Loud Thursday #96!

This is my first full five-day work week after the Christmas holidays, can you believe that! I’m so lucky I was able to take that little winter trip to Winnipeg so it’s been over a month since I’ve worked a full 5-day week! It’s actually flying by and I’m excited it’s Thursday! Let’s join Amanda at Running with Spoons for a little Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

  • After writing yesterday’s blog post on Tuesday night, I drew a bath, read some of my latest book in the tub, then crawled into bed to keep reading before I passed out at 9:30pm. I slept all the way until 6:00am when my alarm went off and it was the most blissful, dead, out-cold sleep I’ve had in a while and it was so refreshing!

  • I loved THIS song at a couple of the BodyPump classes I took so I added it to last night’s spin playlist. I wish I could change it to say eat sleep spin repeat. It’s not the most beautiful or creative music, but it has a sick dance feel. It had such a good beat for a fun hill climb.

  • Jo and I have some serious library problems right now… you know when all of your books come in at the same time and you’re forced to do some power-reading. I put a bunch on hold because my last one took two months to become available but now I have some serious reading to do. I’m stoked!

  • I’m currently reading that top book, “Natural Born Heroes” by Christopher McDougall. He’s the guy who wrote Born to Run. Born to Run was the running phenomenon that made us all want to eat beans and maize and run hundreds of miles a week in sandals like the Tarahumara. Now McDougall is back with another crop of athletes, who are unsuspecting heroes of the fitness world. He explores the island of Crete and the historical residents that live their athletic pursuits, they don’t run on treadmills they run up mountains. They don’t do box jumps, they leap across rivers. It’s been a little tough to get into but so far it’s pretty interesting.

  • On Monday after arriving home late from Winnipeg I had almost no food in my house so I bought lunch at work. I went to Chopped Leaf to try and find a healthy option and went with one of their black bean and corn salads. Despite it being a salad, I am really craving homemade food and vegetables and micronutrients. It doesn’t take long for me to get tired of eating out!

  • I stumbled upon THIS list of Edmonton’s Best Independent Coffee Shops and I’m looking forward to try a few that are actually located pretty close to me! I love coffee, particularly a solid delicious dark roast, and I enjoy exploring my city and trying local coffee roasters and coffee shops. I think this is a good spring activity when it gets a touch warmer so I’m book-marking this list!

  • My dad sent me a tweet about a super cool group of women who get together monthly to talk about and drink none other than CRAFT BEER. Named #abbeergirls, Alberta Beer Girls is a women-only beer loving gang and I’m stoked to try and get to some of their events. Edmonton doesn’t have a ton of breweries but I still have toured ANY of them! Their next event in Edmonton is February 18 – anyone want to join me?!

I have a strong lust for adventure and activity this weekend but I also want calm and relaxation. I know my apartment needs some serious attention and my floor won’t clean themselves, so I’m aiming for a nice mix of both – adventure and relaxation.

What is your go-to when you are in a pickle and resort to buying lunch out?

What are YOU reading right now?

Did you read Born to Run? Have you read Natural Born Heroes?

Run OUTSIDE and my first race registration?

Alberta has been hit with some spring-like weather and I’m not going to lie it’s been a wonderful reprieve from a solid month at a nearly -20C high every day. The streets are little slushy, and my car no longer looks red at all, but it was 7C yesterday afternoon and I walked home in a cardigan… HURRAH! I was craving a good run and packed my clothes and shoes for a lunchtime pavement sesh yesterday. I knew it would be warm and sunny and I just couldn’t pass it up. I may or may not have checked my meeting schedule too just to make sure I wouldn’t be sitting next to my Executive Director at 1pm still dripping sweat.

I couldn’t have asked for a better run. I knew I would run a minimum of 5K but I just wanted to keep going and going. I had to turn around at 2.5 miles in order to get back from lunch on time but man it felt like I could run forever.

I actually was able to wear SHORTS on my run. I get pretty warm while running, or walking for that matter, so I wore a long sleeve shirt, vest, and shorts. My legs haven’t seen the sunlight in four months so that was blinding. I’m sure it wouldn’t surprise you to know that my splits running away from work were much faster than when I had to turn around and run back to the office. 😉 The spring-like air was invigorating!

In a group of family friends, one friend suggested we sign a team up for the Foam Fest 5K in Leduc. I watched the promotional video and immediately responded “YES!” This looks super fun! I have never done a fun and messy race like that, the City Chase or Colour Run or Colour Me Rad or Spartan, so I’m stoked to partake. I highly suggest you sign up and join me! The Leduc Foam Fest 5K is on Canada Day and what better way to celebrate 150 years of this country that to get dirty and foamy and run… uh, right? That would make this my first race registration of 2017!

Jen made a great point when she was chatting last week about how treadmill runs just don’t give us the same invigorating energy that outdoor fresh air runs do. That definitely proved true yesterday when I felt like my lungs wanted to keep inhaling the fresh spring air that smells like mud and salt and delicious sweet summer sun warmth. I know, that’s a weird smell combination, but I couldn’t think of a better description. It is irreplaceable on the treadmill so it was nice to break out of the gym, even if just for 50 minutes, to enjoy a sunny spring run.

Don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll be back to -20C and icy sidewalks in no time. 😉

What and when is your next race? 

When was the last time you ran outside?