Military families make up an important, meaningful part of the Another Mother Runner tribe, so when we realized we had a Nuun running giveaway scheduled for Veterans Day, we knew we had to pay tribute to veterans. Here are a few "snapshots" of military wives who also happen to love Nuun tablets, which serve runners to turn water into a tasty beverage that's high on electrolytes, but low in calories. Without further ado, meet Maritza, Maggie, Nicole, and Katye.
Maritza, mom of three kids (10, 7, and 5). Lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Most recent race: Milwaukee Running Festival Half Marathon on November 1.
Husband in Navy.
A runner "on and off since high school. Running keeps me sane so I can better handle the curveballs that motherhood and the military can throw at you. Years ago when my husband was deployed, I relied on the gym daycare and friends to babysit so I could get my runs in."
Discovered Nuun: When her husband brought it home after buying it at a race expo.
Favorite flavor of Nuun: Grape
Maggi, mom of two (6 years and 10 months). Lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Most recent race: Twin Cities 10K on October 3
Husband in Army National Guard
Started running, "five years ago when my family move across the country for my husband to attend flight school. I was still trying to lose the weight I had gained during my first pregnancy, and I started with Couch to 5K. As soon as I could run longer than 30 minutes, I was hooked. Being away from my family for the first time and at home with my then-1-year-old, running kept me sane.
"We have dealt with our share of deployments and separations. I won't lie: getting workouts in is tough. I have had to revise my running plans for this year; instead of a half marathon, I have tackled a couple 10Ks. I am lucky we have family around who love to help out when I need a long run, and where I work there's a fitness center I can use over my lunch breaks. Unfortunately, this has meant a lot more time on the treadmill than I would prefer."
Discovered Nuun: when I took part in the AMR No Limits 5K Challenge. "I typically carry a bottle of Nuun with me on my runs, and have a Nuun All Day during the day. I'm still breastfeeding my baby so anything that helps me drink more water is awesome!"
Favorite flavor of Nuun: For workouts Tri-Berry, for the rest of the day, Grapefruit Orange All Day.
Nicole, mother of three kids (14, 12, 7). Lives in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
Most recent race: Runner's World Half Festival Oct.16-18. I participated in the Hat Trick: 5k and 10k races onSaturday, 1/2 marathon on Sunday. Also a 3.8 mile trail run on Friday brought the total mileage for the weekend to 26.2!
Husband in Army.
Started running almost 20 years ago, when she met her husband.
Running is, "not only as a stress reliever, but one of the best ways to get to know a new community when you move frequently. My best friend is a runner that I met during a military spouse orientation to living in Germany. We sat next to each other and found that we had running in common. I have known her now for 10 years. We haven't lived in the same place for the last eight years, but we get together at least once a year for a race weekend getaway."
Discovered Nuun: From you ladies at AMR. You had mentioned Nuun on a podcast way, way back. I found it at my local running store and tried it. Love at first tablet! I use Nuun Energy pre-run for that nice caffeine pick-me-up, then fill up my Ultimate Direction hand-held bottle with Nuun Active for any run over one hour. I like Grape Raspberry All Day Nuun to sip on during the day. Sometimes I also like to mix 1/2 tab of All Day and 1/2 tab of Active to sip on: Yesterday it was 1/2 tab Watermelon and 1/2 tab Blueberry Pomegranate--so yummy.
Favorite flavor of Nuun: currently Orange
Katye, mom of two (5 and 2). Lives in Montgomery, Alabama.
Most recent race: The Striker Life Half Marathon/10K/5K Races at Whiteman Air Force Base at the end of May. I had planned to run the Striker Life Half Marathon, but an injury in April forced me to scale my mileage WAY back.
Husband is in Air Force.
"I’ve been a runner for nearly 20 years, since joining the track team my senior year of high school."
"Running is my therapy for the myriad of stressors that military life offers. When I lace up my shoes, I can literally run away and pretend I’m not about to pack up my household and cart my family across the country for the third time in three years. Somewhere along a good run, I process my emotions, begin to problem solve, and I get home feeling like I can conquer whatever curveball is coming. Although the dynamics of military life can make friends difficult to find, and even harder to keep, I've found running builds lasting friendships. And when a season of change dictates a season of rest, I start over, working my way back one mile at a time, reminding myself why I run: Running is about making time for me, and about finding myself, no matter where the Air Force sends us."
Discovered Nuun: "I got a sample as part of my entry to AMR's 13.FUN Challenge. I never liked electrolyte drinks because they were too sweet and upset my stomach. Nuun was, and is, my only exception to my 'water only' rule. Initially, I just used Nuun after a run, and usually the day before a long run. Earlier this year, we moved south to Alabama, and the heat and humidity really sapped my husband and me. We knew we needed to up our hydration, whether we were running or not, so we started keeping more Nuun on hand so we'd drink more water."
Favorite flavor of Nuun: Lemon-Lime or Lemonade
Now for the giveaway details: Five winners will each get 4 tubes of Nuun, a Nuun water bottle, and a sassy Nuun trucker hat. To enter giveaway, tell us a veteran you want to salute. Could be a family member, neighbor, church member, or someone you've never met. We want to drink in the accomplishments of veterans.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on11/11/15 and ends on 11/17/15. We will announce five random winners on our Facebook page on 11/19/15, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $51. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.