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What do our users say about VALA?

What do our users say about VALA?

Running a start-up comes with it’s fair share of highs and challenges, especially during these unpredictable times. Taking the rough with the smooth is all part of the start-up ride, but one of my favourite aspects of being a business owner is hearing the incredible feedback that our customers take the time to send. I really do value each and every piece of feedback that VALA receives and it means so much to hear that all kinds of people are enjoying our gels.When I first had the idea for VALA energy gels, I somewhat naively thought it would be a...

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Yes, you're a 'real' runner

Yes, you're a 'real' runner

I meet so many people that tell me how much they love running then immediately follow it up with “...but I’m not a ‘real’ runner”. Let’s get one thing straight folks, if you’re out there pounding the trails and pavements week after week, month after month, you had better believe that you’re a REAL runner.What makes a ‘real’ runner anyway? Comparing your mileage or time to other runners is not the way forward for boosting your morale or motivation. Create your own version of what a great run is - be it smashing your own PB or running a new...

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Why good things are always worth the wait!

Why good things are always worth the wait!

Something about this line by the rapper Russ really resonates with me... probably because I‘m one of the most impatient people you'll ever meet and want everything done yesterday!However, it's true that good things come as a result of patience. Think of all the training that so many of us put into each week, month and year in order to reach our goals, hit our PBs and cross that finish line.At the time the hard work feels just that - hard. It's tough to have perspective and patience when you're in the thick of it, full of self doubt and looking...

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VALA ambassador: Dominic Davies

VALA ambassador: Dominic Davies

Super stoked to introduce you all to our newest ambassador @dom_davies_tri. I love to support our emerging young athletes and at only 16, Dom already has some incredible achievements under his belt and a bright future ahead of him. Dom was originally a full-time swimmer who turned his attention to triathlon after seeing one of his parents compete in Gower Triathlon. Since discovering triathlon in 2015, he has competed in approximately 20 triathlons, the first of which were Carmarthen Junior Pool Triathlon and Llanelli Duathlon. Since then, Dom competed for two years in the British Youth and Junior Super Series and has also...

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Why we use 100% natural ingredients

Why we use 100% natural ingredients

When I created VALA, I was passionate about formulating a gel that was kind on the gut AND the immune system when training. It seemed counterproductive to eat an unrefined diet, only to undo all of the carefully considered nutrition by chugging back a sachet of lab-created ingredients. I knew then that nature had all of the ingredients I needed to make this gel, so it was only a matter of finding the right ones that worked together and getting the balance juuuust right.It always makes me really happy to say that VALA includes 100% pure lemon and lime juice,...

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What's your 'why'?

What's your 'why'?

Last year I went to a @psyclelondon class and before we‘d even started to ride, the instructor asked each person in the class to close their eyes and think of someone or something to ride for that day. This could have be a person or for your own health. The purpose of this exercise was to have a reason to be riding and to keep it in mind when the going got tough.Immediately after the class, I realised just how much of an impact this seemingly small ask had on my drive and determination that day, so I decided to incorporate it...

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