Not sure whether it's my towering height (even though at 5' 11", I'm the shorter mom in the Another Mother Runner duo), my deep voice, or my some-would-say-bossy-I-prefer-persuasive personality, but I am good at convincing people to do things my way. Take the outfit one of my BRFs, Molly, and I wore at April's Race for the Roses half-marathon. I wanted us to sport our Badass Mother Runner tees (thus being moving billboards for our brand's merchandise!). Since I'm a fastinista, I then announced to Molly that we were wearing a flowered skirt and purple knee socks. (I let her choose her own bra and running shoes. Oh, I'm so lenient!) Never mind that Molly usually dresses exclusively for comfort, not fashion. We were running my way or the high way. (Despite it being chilly on race day, Mol ended up loving our outfit as much as I did.)
Yet when it comes to swaying my friends to my drink of choice--nuun electrolyte replacement tablets--I don't need to do any strong-arming: The tasty, quick-dissolving tablets win converts all on their own. I fancy I was an early adopter of nuun: I've been a big fan of nuun tablets since I reviewed them in a few articles in 2007. Add a ~8-calories tablet to 16 (or more) ounces of water, and before I can slip on and tie my running shoes, I have a refreshing, light sports drink loaded with sodium, potassium, and other essential electrolytes without any sugar or corn syrup. I drink it pre-run, post-run, and on longer jaunts, I carry it with me to imbibe on the road. For the past year or so, I've taken to sipping it during the day, too. As I type this, I'm starting to wonder if I might need to start a nuun-Anonymous group. "My name is Sarah, and I'm addicted to nuun..."
And like other addictions, it only takes giving one tab to a friend to get them drinking nuun on their own. The other day on a run, Molly was asking me for best places to score, uh, I mean, buy nuun. I let her know I'd seen it at a nearby Safeway, but that usually I hit up REI or get it online.
If you're already a fan of nuun, you have probably been nodding as you've been reading this; if you haven't tried the tablets, you're in for a treat. Today, for our second day of our Best Running Friends' Giveaway, we are giving away two 4-packs of nuun--one tube each of their classic fruit flavors (orange, lemon-lime, tri-berry, and citrus). Each crush-proof tube contains 12 tablets of fizzing tastiness so that's 48 tabs for you and, if you can bear to part with it, 48 tablets for your best running friend.
We'll pick three random winners from the folks who tell us: What running-related tip has a friend shared with you? To be entered, click on the Comments link below this post. Cheers!