The art of mixing Nuun.
During the 30-odd hours I was in the van for Hood to Coast, I am fairly certain that I made at least a half-dozen concoctions with the now retired Banana Nuun - Banana-Orange, Banana-Tropical, Banana ... Uh. Not sure. I know it was definitely not Banana-Kona Cola.
It seems crazy, I know, breaking tabs in half and putting multiple flavors in a bottle. It is. But, it is also fun, interesting and the perfect remedy to the post-long run looniness induced by many miles under the hot sun.
Assuming the role of mixologist is also a great solution if you buy a tube of Nuun and don't necessarily like it. Or, you really like it but half-way through the four-pack you ordered online, you sort of want to chuck tubes at runners passing by just to get rid of it.
Not that I'd ever do that. Not ever. However, I recently found a stash of Watermelon Nuun (which, by the way, is back for summer) and wasn't excited about it as I had been in the past. It's good, yes, but no longer a favorite. (I'm currently partial to Tri-Berry, which I hated for about a year. Weird.) A fellow Nuun ambassador, though, posted about mixing Watermelon with Pink Lemonade and thus a brilliant solution was found. I sipped the combo on my way to meet my running friend on Sunday and for fun on Monday.
The discovery also put me on the mission to see what other creations I could come up with. Here are my picks that are perfect for summer running - whether it's before, during or after.
Note: All are made with a half tab of each flavor per water bottle. I sometimes enjoy making one flavor more dominant by going with a full tab of it and a half tab of the other.
Arnold with a Twist: Strawberry Lemonade + Lemon Tea
Arnold Classic: Lemonade + Lemon Tea
Citrus Tea: Citrus Fruit + Lemon Tea
Berry Tea: Tri-Berry + Lemon Tea
Cherry Cola: Kona Cola + Cherry Limeade (could also use Nuun Energy variety)
Citrus Punch: Orange + Lemon-Lime
Island Getaway: Orange + Tropical
Left Field: Orange + Fruit Punch
Disclosure: I am a Nuun ambassador and receive a discount on products. However, I wrote this post of my own accord.