Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In the Kitchen With Runninghood Episode 1: Team Nuun Hood-to-Coast Application



NOTE:  I love Nuun and I want to spread the word so others can love it too! There are three videos in this application post.  I know, I know, allow me to explain.   The first one is my "In the Kitchen with Runninghood" where I cook up a recipe for the perfect HTC athlete and use a bit too many voice change-ups with my iMovie maker.  But I had fun doing it and the chipmunk voice makes me laugh every time. Although tit is long, the fast forward option is there for a reason.  The next two videos are per request from a good friend who insisted that my first one wasn't the Amanda she knew.  So I included those videos at the very end for those that want a choice.  They didn't make the cut for good reasons. Yes... I spent a bit too much time on this.  Now back to real life...off to be a MOM and try to fit in 15 miles today!  
I'm the one in the middle wearing the orange shirt and braids.   My husband and I were the Nuun "cousins" that weren't on the team but certainly felt like a part of the Nuun Teams for Hood to Coast 2012!
 Hood to Coast.  The relay of all relays. A time where memories are made and one gets to run through some of the most beautiful parts of the country while making friends, losing sleep, and looking forward to a huge celebration at the end.  Hood to Coast wasn't always an event that I felt like participating in.  I mean, come on, you couldn't pay me enough money to do this relay when I had infants at home and I was up every 2 or 3 hours all through the night.  There was no way I was going to PAY to lose sleep and run all night.  But now, this relay just spells F-U-N to me and I'm hoping that I have another opportunity to not only do it this year!  In fact, I hope to get chosen to join Team NUUN 20012 and have the chance to not only run my heart out and STAY EXTRA HYDRATED with NUUN,  but represent a fabulous company/product and make some new friendships in the process.

As some of my readers might remember, I ran HTC last year with my husband on a team that we found last minute.  It was such a joy to be on a team where we got to meet new friends and be on a team together.  But one of the best parts of my HTC 2011 memories was that I got to meet so many of my virtual running blog friends that were running on the Nuun teams.  I was eager to get to every exchange point so that I could find the Nuun vans and say hello to my friends and hear about their obviously amazing experience that they were tweeting, facebooking, and blogging about as they made their way from Mount Hood to the Oregon coast.  I even texted with several of them about how we were doing and where they were at on the course.  And when we got to the beach, they were some of the first people I found to celebrate with.  I wasn't part of the Nuun team but I sure did get a taste of what it would be like.  Several of them referred to me as the Team Nuun "cousin".  This year I hope that I get to be part of the TEAM!  No cousin.

Team Nuun "Cousins" 2011.  This year I hope to be part of the TEAM!



Why Nuun?
I haven't known about Nuun for too terribly long.  In fact, last summer I think I still pronounced it as "Nun" but thanks to the HTC Nuun team from last year, I now know that you pronounce it as "nooon".  What I do know for sure about Nuun is that it got me through my July marathon (Sauvie Island Marathon) hydrated and on top of my game.  Since then, my husband and I have used Nuun to replace our electrolytes during workouts and AFTER workouts for better hydration and recovery.  I would love to have the opportunity to represent the Nuun company!

MIle 26.  Finishing 26.2 Smiling!  And hydrated by Nuun the whole way!  



Ideas for my Nuun Application
When I found out that Nuun was accepting applications for the Nuun Team for Hood To Coast 2012, I immediately started thinking about how fun this would be.  I admit that being one of the first to not only apply but share my application publicly might seem a little hasty or spontaneous but I'd like to see this as taking initiative and jumping in with my whole heart.  I know the competition is tough this year so I can only hope to have a spot! And I knew that if I waited too long to apply that I'd probably end up over thinking the whole thing and end up with a less authentic video so I just spent a night introducing myself to Nuun via my iMac video camera and went with it!

Before I decided on a final idea, my mind was rolling with what direction to take....

I thought about sharing the deepest parts of my running story

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Perhaps I would share a bit about my creative fort that lasted at good solid 2 weeks before my 2 year old tore it down.  It really was a motivational hideout.  A little weird for a grown woman to be sitting in a kid fort and using it as her "office".I know.  It didn't last long anyway before my 2 year old son decided to destroy it.

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Maybe I would talk a bit about my Running Journal and how it is a great piece of motivation and inspiration. And something that has inspired many other women to do the same and take new direction with their running visions.

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I could even share my last week's running vlog from my eye poking machine.

Whatever I decided on, I knew that I wanted to do it with 100% and get it done right away

SO......

I tried shooting a few videos. (After a bit of convincing from a friend, I included these videos at the very end and they are actually more popular than the Kitchen one.)

My first videos (one is included at the very end of this post) were in the bathroom where I often find quiet when the rest of the house is crazy.  Some know this as my "fake pooping time" where I gain a few moments of self-time all in the name of a poop.


Those didn't work out so well.  I got several good minutes of video and then they ended up going downhill.  Don't worry people, I wasn't really pooping.

I eventually moved my video to the living room where I raced down the hallway on my son's toddler bike as I tooted the horn in preparation for the "self-horn-tootin'" that one usually does when they are applying for something big.

Okay, so I ended up including this video at the very bottom of this post after all.  

Yeah, that was just stupid.

I even practiced writing backwards on my chalkboard (my video camera on my Mac Book Air films everything in mirror image so any writing  I include in the video is backwards as if I'm seeing it in a mirror.  I'm sure there is a way to fix this but now isn't the time).  I tell you this....WRITING BACKWARDS IS A GIFT!  Worthy of getting chosen for the Nuun Team.  After all, this skill might come in handy when decorating vans and such. 

What this board really looks like.  My lovely backward handwriting.


A picture from my computer.


And Then There It WAS! My PLAN Was Unfolding....

Nothing like a good workout to get the wheels spinning.  It is usually during some of my hardest workouts that I get my best ideas. Today's workout was no exception.  Sometime during my 11 miles with 6x1000m repeats@6:11 pace, the idea came for the filming of:

In the Kitchen with Runninghood
A recipe for cooking up the perfect candidate for a spot on the Nuun HTC team

The video below is my official application for Team Nuun HTC 2012 (along with this blog post).  I hope you enjoy it because I sure did enjoy filming it with a little help from my MacBook Air and my kitchen assistants (a.k.a my kids).

A few notes about the video you are about to view:

  • Just a reminder that all of the signs and labels you see in this video have been written backwards so that YOU can view them forwards (my imac shows everything in mirror image). 
  • My "assistant's" name is Tri Berry after our current stock of Nuun flavor. 
  • My film budget was low so I wasn't able to hire a techie for this shoot.  But next time, I think we'll have more money to make a more decent film.  Kind of like the Twilight movies.  
  • This was also my first time to attempt to use the iMovie program on my computer so the sound effects, speed changes, and changes with voice are purely my attempt to make the 8 min video more interesting and sometimes funny.  I don't claim to be even near an expert at using this program as you will see when you watch my "film".  
  • I know I cut this thing up a bit too much with the voice changes but trust me that it gets better as the video goes on (IMO the best part is towards the end). I at least made myself laugh, and MAN, can't put a price on a good laugh. 
  • If anything, just skip the first 1 min or so which is just me introducing myself on my TM before the "cooking show" begins with some good ol' PUMP UP THE JAM tunes!





I plan on sending this blog post to Nuun along with an e-mail with additional information they requested.  The e-mail and this post will be my official application.  

In the meantime, gotta ask for a little help from my friends.  YOU.  In the comment section of this post, in addition to anything else you might want to say, would you please tell Nuun a word or two about why you think I might make a good addition to the Nuun HTC team for 2012??? Pretty please!  Or if you're really feeling like putting yourself out there for my sake, visit their facebook page and put in a good word for Runninghood!  Thanks in advance friends.  It would be awesome to be a part of Team Nuun for Hood to Coast 2012!

So Nuun PLEASE Choose ME!  I promise to run my little heart out, represent NUUN proudly, and be a great teammate!!

Thanks All!
Amanda


P.s...a good friend said that my video above is too serious and not the Amanda she knows soooo...she requested my fake poop video...here is just a sample.  Also below that is my "fly down the hall on a kid bike while tooting my horn video".  This one ends with me running in place in my Beaver socks and cutting the video short saying "This is the Stupidest video ever!"  Entertainment at its NOT SO FINEST.  Ha!


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48 comments:

  1. not gonna lie..I'm still mourning the Fake pooping video I never got to see.....maybe you can just make me my own personalized copy? lol

    I will head over to NUUN as soon as i know you've submitted and pump your name on that FB page like Nobody's business!!!!
    LOVE You....and LOVE the chipmunk voice!;)xx

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  2. This is FANTASTIC! So creative and so FUN!!! They'd be crazy not to want you as their FIRST PICK!!! GO RUNNINGHOOD!!!!! :~)

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    1. Thanks Jen! I hope they aren't crazy then. :)

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  3. Love it! How could they not pick you, I would want to run with you, hope I see you along the way somewhere!

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    1. oh yes, I'll be looking for that BEEF van for sure Christy!! :)

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  4. Freaking cool. Top pick for sure.

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    1. Someday you are going to have to publish your writings -- I personally think that it would be a great read. Just saying.

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    2. This means more than you know Chris!

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  5. Seriously, awesome! How could they not pick you? You are so creative! If, I was creative, perhaps I would submit something, but I am not. :(

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    1. Oh, you just have to dig deep and it's there..just be yourself..it would be fun!

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    2. Oh, I put my thinking cap on today and came up with a good idea with a little assistance from my hubby I might have a video. However, I don't own a video camera and my hubby will be out of town for work all next week so we shall see. I will keep you posted! Still I loved your video. So great!

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  6. I would soooo be applying but I already have plans for that weekend in august! :( I would loooove to be on the team with you!! I think you should have really mixed these ingredients though - ha, and then eaten whatever creation you ended up with. :) LOl at the mini-assistants signing waivers and then getting in a fight.

    Dear Nuun - Runninghood is a MUST HAVE for your relay team!!!

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    1. ha ha, I totally should have done that!!! Thanks Lindsay...and glad you got that with all the fast forwarding...yes, there was a big ol' fight. Gosh, I wish you didn't have plans! You'd be so fun to have on a team!

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  7. this is so much fun! you are one creative mama runner.
    i am excited to apply, too - and have been thinking about my application!!
    i hope nuun will pick both of us :o)
    Goooo Amanda!!!!
    xxxooo

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    1. Me too...we'd be great on a team together!! ;) Would be so great to meet you! xo

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  8. I cannot wait to watch this at lunch!! I'll be back to comment after:)

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  9. They have to pick you! If for no other reason, than someone who actually lives in Oregon should be on the HTC team, haha. (Plus, you are really fast, did you tell them that?)

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    1. Thanks Kim! Oh, I hope they pick me!! :) I'll do Oregon proud!

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  10. YES! the fake poop wins my vote!! LOL

    Love it!

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  11. I think all of those abilities make you a worthy competitor.

    Honestly Amanda, you are always inspiring to others, have a great sense of humor and are an amazing athlete. They'd be silly not to want you on the team!

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    1. Thanks Mallory...you've always been so sweet in your comments. Love hearing from you!

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  12. Man, you are a spunky one! You would be perfect! Love, love, love the videos.

    I think your forgot a special ingredient that RUnninghood has - sexiness!!! Amanda, I seriously think you should write to Lulu, Athleta, etc and model for them! You are not only gorgeous, but very photogenic and relatable, the girl next door just prettier can of image...

    I love the last 2 videos too. Just send everything in!

    Wow, you little firecracker:)

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    1. AM, did you tell anyone that I paid you to say these things??? Shh, keep that quiet. :) No seriously, I'm blushing. Thank you.

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  13. oh my gosh, I'm laughing OUT LOUD....best part of that last video is the socks and running onthe spot, coupled with "this is the stupidest video ever".. LMAO, THIS is what we need more of! just make a video of your randoms! lol
    love you!!!

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    1. Ha! That part made me laugh too. I almost took it out.

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  14. Creative, committed and can write backwards - they have to choose you!

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  15. Dang it! I am at the library and have to go home where I have speakers!!

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  16. Am I the only one who saw this part?
    "Sometime during my 11 miles with 6x1000m repeats@6:11 pace"

    You freaking ROCKED!!!! That's a seriously HARD workout. I hope you are just floating after that. After a race weekend, you are on FIRE. I have no doubts about you. There is some speed in those feet and you are going to be ready on Patriot's Day.

    If Nuun sees that part, that's should seal the deal if the videos don't.

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    1. Ha! Thanks for catching that! Huge part of my week. :) This comment makes me feel SO happy.

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  19. I Like Raina's comment!! Hoooahhh! Wicked:)

    These videos made my day. I was laughing out loud in the break room at work! This has to be in the bag. You MUST be chosen:) Nuun-You MUST choose her!!

    Jenn's completely random thoughts and observations:

    *Pump up the Jam-ha ha!
    *Your Alvin voice is seriously the best!!! I can't stop laughing at this.
    *EVERY single one of these ingredients describes YOU perfectly!! Everyone who reads this blog would testify to that!
    *ha ha on firing your assistant and holding a knife!
    *I can't believe you wrote all that backwards!
    *those jeans are so HOT or you are so hot in them rather. I want them.
    *I love your hair now! It's so long!!
    *you are truly one of the most natural beautiful women I've seen.
    *where is my bumper sticker? I never got my Runninghood bumper sticker!!
    *Did you wear that top when you wrote your blog post;)
    *Where's Elmo? I do not see Elmo.
    *I would break that toy if I tried to ride it down the hall.
    *I have so enjoyed the time spent with you fake pooping:)

    I wrote on Nuun's FB wall! Love you friend. Nuun will hit the jackpot with you!

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    1. Why yes yes yes I did write my blog post in that shirt. ;) ;) Funny girl. Thanks for this Jenn. The firing the assistants part was my favorite...:) Glad you caught that. Ha ha...I left Elmo in the living room. Fake pooping has been fun Jenn! I might have one for you tomorrow. :)

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  20. I think you are super inspirational, on top of being an awesome runner, and you would make Nuun proud. It is definitely a pipe dream of mine to apply, but my blogging and running have been so sporadic lately, I don't feel like I have a chance of getting picked. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks girl! You never know if you don't try!! Try! :) Put those pipe dreams out there and make them real. xo

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  21. ha, I'm definitely a fake pooper when needed, in addition to the natural library time guys enjoy.

    I watched the last two videos and definitely think you should be on the team. Unfortunately I don't have voting rights. :-(

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    1. Yes! Another fake pooper! Thanks Mike! Hope Nuun things the same. I'd be honored.

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  22. You are so funny, inspiring, real and one of my FAVORITE bloggers!! Any team would be lucky to have you!

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    1. Thank Tia. So glad we've connected. I love reading your blog! You should apply too...then maybe we could meet!!

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  23. You are fast. You are funny. You are interesting. You would make a great addition to their team and they should definitely pick you! Good luck.

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  24. Miss Running Oregon 2012! how can they not pick you!
    NUUN pick Amanda and then Pick me!!!

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  25. YES! this is so you--I don't see how you would NOT be picked! Do the assistants get to run too?! :)

    So freaking creative! Love it!

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  26. Congratulations! See you in Oregon!

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