Note: As a BibRave Pro, I was sent a bunch of samples of Nuun to try (thanks guys!!) and review. Other than the samples, I was not compensated in any way to review these items. All opinions are my own!
I've heard a lot about Nuun through social media. A lot of the runners I follow often tag things with #NuunLife and promote the product, but I've never tried it. I do most of my hydration through straight water, Gatorade, and Hoist. But I'm always up for something new, and Nuun "turns water into a refreshing sports hydration drink without sugar." Nuun comes in these cute little tubes. You pop one tablet into 16 ounces of water and let it fizzle for a few minutes. In about two minutes, you're ready to drink!
I tried all the flavors, but I'll focus this review on the Nuun Energy since it was the only thing I used in conjunction with a run. I really like the rest of the flavors (Strawberry Lemonade is my favorite!) and they kept me from feeling thirsty all day. Since I haven't been running, I can't vouch for the hydrating effects if you're actually working out and sweating.
As for the energy one, it definitely works! I felt terrible one day, but knew I needed to log some miles in my new shoes. Each tablet has 40 mg of caffeine, so since it was later in the day, I only took half a tablet. Usually if I have caffeine anytime after 1:00 p.m. I'm bouncing off the walls when it's time for bed.
The mixed berry flavor is pretty good. Your water tastes fizzy and fruity. I noticed the effects of the Nuun within about 20 minutes. Not only did it power me through my run, but I felt like I got my runner's high a lot faster. Of course, I was still a little hyper at the end of the night when I just wanted to sleep, but that's to be expected with the caffeine.
I used the other half of the tablet during my last long run. While I felt hyper and strong the entire time, I'm not sure if it was from the caffeine or the fact that I was excited over my last long run. Still, a little caffeine before your workout can be just the boost you need. I definitely recommend trying out Nuun - it's a tasty and easy way to rehydrate!
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!