Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Try it Tues: Wine vs Nuun

Yesterday was a 5 mile recovery run.  It was a pretty solid run at 8:00 pace while watching Monday Night Football on TV.  God bless the person who invented TVs on treadmills.


No running today however.  Work was a bit rough and my knee is being a bit whiny.  Nothing that a correctly placed rest day can't fix.  Hopefully today was the correct day to place that rest day.  Besides, I'm on track to hit 50 miles this week so a rest day isn't going to kill me.

I'm always on the lookout for a good blog post.  I have my sources: Running magazines, Runners World Forums, Fortune cookies, tea leaves, and the homeless guy who lives on the corner and tells me to burn things.  As you would expect, I think of a lot of them while I am running.  That said, I'm never against taking good ideas changing them just enough to call them my own and running with them.  So, when Dr Tri Runner suggested that I do a taste test with Wine and Nuun, I was all in.

You see, while Jamoosh likes beer, I like wine.  I suppose it was only a matter of time before my two passions crossed paths.  So, with a free bottle of hotel wine and a package of Nuun tablets, I was set to do a little experimenting.

The ingredients:

  • Nuun is a low calorie effervescent (alka seltzer) electrolyte tablet that is dissolved in any liquid available for $5 at most running stores
  • Free hotel wine is a half bottle of Meridian Merlot that is available whenever you sell your soul to a hotel  (worth it!)


The Process:
I decided that I should dissolve one tablet of Tri-Berry Nuun into a normal sized glass of wine and taste each of them while blind folded.  Why blindfolded you ask?  I'm not sure.  My wife would have nothing to do with setting up the experiment so I totally knew which glass was which.  I suppose I had to maintain my journalistic credibility.

The Taste Test:

I started out by pouring two glasses of liquid courage (no fruit were harmed in the filming of this experiment)

I then plopped in a tablet of Nuun.  I honestly didn't know what to expect.  Part of me thought that it was going to fizz over like a beer that had been shook up in Shakira's back pocket.  But for the most part, just like me in the bedroom  it was a bit of a disappointment.  It sort of bubbled a bit and then the Nuun tablet sort of floated to the top.



But, disappointing results be damned, I was determined to give the taste test a try.  So, I strapped on my blindfold, surprisingly didn't spill any wine, and starting the tasting.  First up, smelling.  For me, memories are most often correlated to smell.....and this was something that I wanted to remember.

Next, drinking

Followed shortly by gagging.  It tasted horrible!!!  
It tasted like a combination of cheap wine, medicine, and sweet tarts.  Bleh


Quickly, I switched to the regular wine to wash some of the taste out of my mouth

Muuuuuuuuch better

But, at the end of the day, even though it tasted like a mix between frankenberries, frootloops, and wine I still ended up drinking both of them.  After all, it was the night before the Rock and Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon and wine doesn't drink itself!!

What did I learn?  Turns out if you take two good things and combine them, the result is not necessarily a super awesome thing.  But, I guess I already knew that.  Sleeping while running comes to mind....

31 comments:

Barefoot Neil Z said...

I love you (in a manly non-commital and totally platonic way)
I really do.

James said...

HA! I'd never have thought to add Nuun to wine. Next you should try it with champagne. You never fail to give me a laugh in the mornings!

C2Iowa said...

Beyond funny!

Andrew Opala said...

all right, forget all my criticism of you drinking MGD 64 ... sheesh

Jaime Runs said...

i die.

gene said...

hmmmmm. cajones, you have them. admitting to your 5 or 6 (million) readers that you enjoy wine takes big ones, dude. makes me wonder, "how does that guy ride a bike?" (bonus points for naming the movie!)
thanks for taking one for the team and doing this test. i have thought about adding NUUN to coffee (umm, just the Kona Kola flavor), but haven't yet. my office isn't THAT close to the outhouse...

Jill said...

Those are two of my favorite things too. Thanks for falling on that grenade for me.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Bummer, it seemed like such a great idea.

Laura said...

I agree with James...should have tried Nuun and champagne.
You.kill.me.....

Emily said...

Hilarious. And gross. I'm ditto-ing the champagne comments. I have some left over mimosa mixins in my fridge, maybe I'll do a little taste test of my own.

And MNF was stelllar this week. Glad you caught it while running!

Adrienne said...

You are so hilarious. Can't wait to see the posts involving baby. I'm smiling and shaking my head at you right now!

Runners Fuel said...

Too funny!

Johann said...

Haha, that is really funny! The champaign sounds like a good idea.

Pam said...

Is your blindfold a diaper?

Chad said...

From looking at you, I think you should harm some of that fruit. It might do you good.

Dr. TriRunner said...

hahahaha! i won't make you do a gin & tonic with the lemon lime... but I'm just sayin, that one's already bubbly to begin with. :D

you rock.

Andrew Opala said...

ok, so I already commented on this, but you posted it 13 minutes ago on facebook, and I must reward you with another comment ... i just must ... but as a parting shot please fill out my What's your running style survey!

Ax said...

You're a hoot, man!

Chris K said...

Damn it. I thought Neil Z loved me.

Steel Springs said...

Hahaha.

Adrienne said...

12:30 at night and I'm up laughing with my husband at this post again, too funny.

Julie said...

OMG!!! Damn it! I wish it went over better than that! Oh well, it looks that I will stick with the real stuff too:)

Nice work on busting out the miles this week:)

Rad Runner said...

Yep sticking with the wine.. The gag face was CLASSIC!

Matty B. said...

Can I re-post the picture of you gagging on Nuun Wine?

Jess said...

You're supposed to drink it WHILE running! Not before.

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS ( said...

That's hilarious! Shakira's back pocket. lol

Glenn Jones said...

Get back to running. You clearly have too much spare time on your hands....

RunnuRMark said...

I think that sounds more like a great children's drink. I'll test it out on my kid to see what he thinks of it.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Gross.....

Jill said...

Are you using a baby diaper as a blindfold? Shameful!

Christina said...

Your poor wife.

Ashland Dave talked about you...said that after having a kid you forget what life's like before the kid. Kind of like getting a dog. I thought his analogy was the funnies thing.