Sunshine—I mean Sarah—wasn't kidding in the Nuun Giveaway post about Ragnar D.C. being hot and humid. The above "stay hydrated" text went out multiple times, and each time I read it, I was so glad all of our mother runner teams were solidly stocked with Nuun, electrolyte replacement tablets that help you hydrate more efficiently. (I'm no sports dietician, but I do know that water follows salt, and likes to hang out with sodium, one of the major electrolytes in Nuun.)
The scorching temps have since fallen, but fall race season is upon us, and Nuun is still as vital as ever. (And their golf/baseball hat is still as cool as ever.) Three random mother runners will soon be bestowed with 8 tubes of Nuun, plus a water bottle and hipster hat. As my kids say these days, Lucky Ducks!
The Lucky Duck winners—and the weather at their most recent race:
Megan A.: The Marine Corps marathon a year ago. The weather for the race was perfect – but we had to high-tail it out of DC after the race as Hurricane Sandy was closing in. All flights out were cancelled, so we packed 2 families in a mini-van and drove to Dayton, OH to get one of last flights out (to Denver). What an adventure!
Jennifer Hansen: This is an awesome question. Want to know why? April 2012 was my first 1/2 marathon at the Martian Invasion of the Races (5k, 10k, 13.1 and 26.2) in my hometown, Dearborn, MI. The day itself was cold (upper 30s, lower 40s?) and damp but never officially started raining. I didn’t mind at all but it had rained buckets leading up to race day. Hines Drive, the street that much of the course runs on is notorious for flooding. It had never happened before this particular year, but the race had to be totally rerouted so that it wound through neighborhood streets. It was kind of strange but the race company (Running Fit!) did an amazing job of rerouting, labeling things clearly, etc..
Laura Hermsen (who adjusted the question a bit for a run, not a race): I did a run at 5am and it was beautiful. There was a new moon just over the horizon, the air was crisp and clear, the stars were out and it was a beautiful 50 some degrees. It was absolutely gorgeous and by the end of the 3.5 miles, the sun was just starting to peak up above the horizon.
Congrats, soon-t0-be-awesomely-hydrated mother runners! Email us at runmotherr [at] gmail [dot] com with your address and we'll get your Nuun Prize Packages out asap!
Happy Saturday, all: hope you get in some good miles, no matter what the temp is. (I—Dimity—am headed to the mountains for 4 glorious, very cool days. I'm planning a four-day, trail-running streak, and I can't wait!)