Last year I learned a ton about trail running and the ultra community. Part of that included race nutrition and electrolyte replacement. These are key tools in every ultra runner’s toolbox. We probably spend hundreds of dollars each year on gels, bars, sports drinks, salt caps; not to mention all the race registrations or a new pair of shoes every 2-3 months. These things can add up pretty quick. Did you know you could potentially get a big discount on some of these items?
One way to save a few bucks is to become a brand ambassador. A brand ambassador is someone who believes in a product and wants to share that product with others. You tell your friends about it, offer them some, and wear the brand’s apparel at races. In return for helping spread the word and grow the brand following, the company will offer you a discount code as well as accept you into their exclusive social media community where you can talk to all the other athlete ambassadors. It’s a great way to connect with a community of people that love the same product and sport as you.
But you have to watch for your opportunity to join and jump on it. Usually at the end of the year the company will post application for new ambassadors on their website and social media. Typically the application period is only a few weeks so you have to pay attention. Fill out the application before the deadline and hopefully you will be selected.
This year I was fortunate enough to be selected as a 2019 ambassador for Huma Gel and Nuun Hydration. These are my two favorite brands in the gel and electrolyte game right now.
Huma Gel is an all-natural endurance gel made with chia seeds! These gels taste so good, I’ve eaten them as a snack when I wasn’t even running. Plus, they are easy on my stomach. We all know that inevitable point in the race where nothing sounds good to eat and even the thought of eating something is nauseating. Huma Gels are perfect for these situations. Each gel has 100 calories, similar to all the other gels on the market, so it’s easy to plan your nutrition strategy. They also offer varieties with caffeine.
I have been a long-time Nuun user. These effervescent tabs easily dissolve in water and give it that awesome fizz with all the electrolytes you need. Definitely takes the boring out of those other flat electrolyte supplements. What makes Nuun so great is that there is no sugar. Nuun was the first brand in the electrolyte scene to strip the sugary carbs from electrolyte replacements drinks. At just 10 calories per tab, I can pop Nuun all race without worrying about an upset stomach. In addition to electrolyte replacements, they offer vitamin tabs and immunity boosting tabs with all the essential ingredients to keep you running strong all year round; each with that fizzy deliciousness. Nuun has a huge variety of flavors and caffeinated varieties as well.
I’m so glad that I have the chance to support Huma Gel and Nuun this 2019 season. These are two of the top nutrition companies I stand behind and believe in. I am so excited to represent them in my upcoming races. You should definitely check them out if you haven’t already, or just come up to me and say “Hi!” I’ll always have extra and be more than happy to share!
Thanks for bouncing back, see you in the next one!