Archive for July 2014

Vega Protein Bar Review #fuelyourbetter

My post today has been sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of Vega. I received a box of Protein Vega Sport Bars in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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As a busy mom of three children, ages 4, 3 and 17 months, recovery after a workout can be a little difficult to squeeze into my routine. In the past my best case scenario was to take a few minutes to stretch outside before coming back in the house and then my husband usually fixed some eggs for me while I jumped in the shower. I admit that I’m extremely lucky to have a husband that takes care of me so well but even in the best circumstances I wasn’t replenishing my nutrition within the ideal time of 30 minutes post run.

When I had the opportunity to try out a few protein bars from Vega Sport, I jumped at the chance. The day after they arrived I had an 8 miler scheduled. I woke up late and just finished my run as my husband was heading to work. Immediately I grabbed a chocolate peanut butter bar because I knew I wouldn’t have time to fix anything else for quite awhile.

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I was very impressed with the taste. I’ve had protein bars in the past but never really liked eating them.  The ratio of chocolate to peanut butter in these bars is perfect, in my opinion.

I’ve been enjoying these bars for a couple of weeks now and I save them for after my harder, longer workouts. They’ve definitely changed my recovery routine in a good way. Now, before a run I make myself a bowl of yogurt  topped with homemade granola (I know, it’s a strange thing to have before a run, but whatever works, right?!) and that counts as my ‘breakfast’ of the day. When I get home from a run I grab a glass of chocolate milk and a Vega Sport Protein Bar for recovery right away. I wait and have the eggs at lunch time.

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Vega Sport Protein Bars are plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO and made mainly out of organic ingredients. They help to #fuelyourbetter with healthy ingredients and recover after a hard workout.

I think the true test of reviewing a product is whether or not I would spend my own money and replenish my stash by buying more. The answer to this YES! I’ve already searched for a store that carries them nearby and I’ll buy them soon because my supply is dwindling. My husband has also been enjoying them after cycling workouts as he trains for an upcoming 50k.

My recovery after my long runs is going so well and I’m convinced that refueling with protein so quickly afterwards has a lot to do with it. I’ll refuel with the Vega Bars after hard workouts and they will definitely be a part of my recovery after running the Chicago Marathon on October 12th.

How do you #fuelyourbetter? Have you tried this or any other Vega products? 

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What’s Your Favorite GPS Watch?

 

Today I need advice. I’m suddenly in the market for a new GPS watch and I need help starting my research.

 

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Let me start off by saying that I LOVE my Nike+ Sportwatch and it is really hard for me to switch to a different brand. But I’ve had several watches in the past couple of years (all have been replaced by Nike because the watch was under warranty) and I just can’t justify buying a new Nike watch at this point. Their customer service is amazing, by the way.

On Saturday 19.55 miles into my long run my watch died on me. I thought this might be a possibility (it beeped low battery at me last week after 18 miles) so I had charged my watch before running and taken it off the charger right as I was heading out the door. My run lasted just under 3.5 hours and luckily for me I knew exactly where my 20 miles needed to end. I also had a very good idea of time and pace right before my watch died so I have a pretty accurate read of that run even though my data ends .45 miles before I finished.

 

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Obviously, I’m training for a marathon and I need a watch that can last all 26.2 miles. That’s my number 1 criteria. I also would like a watch that I can program a workout ahead of time and give me an accurate actual pace. Those are the top things that my Nike+ watch is missing and they are all important features to me.

I’m hoping to make my purchase before my next 20 miler in a couple of weeks so I have some time to do a little research. I’m hoping you’ll have some good ideas for me to help me get started.


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Weekly Workouts

 

Monday: 2.10 miles (9:31 pace) + 10 minutes Kettlebells and Core Work + 20 minutes Spin Bike

My training plan for today called for a FUN workout. I literally didn’t know what I was going to do until I woke up in the morning. I decided to head downstairs and do a little circuit workout with the spin bike, treadmill and kettlebells. I spent 10 minutes with each and then repeated the bike and the treadmill but ran out of time for more weights.

Tuesday:  10.01 miles (10:32 pace)

I’m pretty sure this is my first ever double digit run during the week. I know during my last marathon training my highest midweek run capped at 8 miles. It felt great to get out and run long during the week. I ran a negative split run today, the first 5 slower than the last 5.

Wednesday: 25 minutes Kettlebells and Core

This is my rest or cross training day of the week. I wasn’t up for the spin bike today so I just got in a new kettlebell workout from greatist.com.

Thursday:  6.01 miles (9:29 pace)

Intervals today. 6 x 4 minute repeats in zone 3 with 3 minutes of recovery between.

Friday:  3.11 miles (9:29 pace)

I love that point in marathon training when 3 miles feels like nothing. All the other runs are much longer making 3 miles feel like such a treat!

Saturday:  20 miles (10:24 pace)

Today I ran from our current neighborhood past my old neighborhood and through old routes that I haven’t ran in almost 3 years since we have moved. I loved my old neighborhood routes. It was hot and humid out today so I stopped at a drinking fountain to refill my hydration pack and I stopped again at the farmer’s market for a refill and a bathroom break. I don’t want to get in the habit of stopping for a bathroom break on my long runs because I want to avoid stopping on race day. Hopefully it won’t be this warm and humid on race day so I won’t need to drink as much water.

Sunday: REST

 

Weekly Training Log | amotherspace.net

 

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 41.23

Weekly Average Pace: 10:14

July Running Miles: 144.78

2014 Running Miles: 759.90

2014 Running Kilometers: 1222.94

 

What’s your favorite GPS watch? How does the battery hold up? What are your favorite features of a watch?

 

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Cool Running in July

 

A week of cooler weather brought my pace down too. We had an unseasonably cool week last week and I could tell by how easy my pace felt at a faster clip. Most of my runs were in high humidity but with temps starting in the high 50′s even the humidity was bearable.

 

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My Instagram post from my 18 miler this week.

 

The highlight of my week was definitely my long run. I had 18 miles on the plan for Saturday. I woke up ready to go. I set out from my house and basically did a huge 18 mile loop. My mind was in the right place for this run.

At mile 16 when I was headed into the wind thoughts of tired legs kept creeping into my head but instead I concentrated on my breathing which was still nice and easy. My average pace for the run was 9:56 and the great thing is that I know I could have gone faster but I wanted to keep my breathing easy throughout to make this an ‘easy’ effort long run.

This long run gives me so much hope for the marathon. My long runs have been a struggle fest lately and to find out that I can crank out 18 miles and feel like I can keep going is just what I needed to put a spark back in my training!

 

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Weekly Workouts

 

Monday: 4.10 miles (10:16 pace) + 20 minutes Kettlebells and Core Work + 30 minute family bike ride

Hot and humid are good words to describe this run. 70 degrees with 93% humidity is no joke. I was a sweaty mess by the end of this one.

An evening family bike ride is the perfect way to end a day, in my opinion!

 

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Tuesday: 6.01 miles (9:30 pace)

What a difference 10 degrees and a much lower humidity level can make. I went out for this tempo run feeling great the whole time. 4 tempo miles with 1 warm up and 1 cool down mile.

Wednesday: 20 minutes Spin Bike + 25 minutes Strength

Cross Day! This week along with the bike I did Jillian Michaels ‘Hot Bod in a Box’ Circuit. I hate the name of this workout but I love the workout.

Thursday: 8.10 miles (10:10 pace)

My last mile was my fastest of this run. I’m working on finishing strong and running smart. 8 miles in the chilly rain in July? I’ll take it!

Friday: 3.15 miles (9:34 pace)

Just a nice easy loop through the neighborhood.

Saturday: 18.01 miles (9:56 pace)

This was one of THOSE runs. The kind where you feel like you can keep on going even after it’s time to stop.

Sunday: REST

 

Weekly Training Log | amotherspace.net

 

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 39,37

Weekly Average Pace: 9:55

July Running Miles: 103.55

2014 Running Miles: 718.67

2014 Running Kilometers: 1156.59

 

Do you notice a big change in pace when the weather dips to cooler temps? How do you keep negative talk from sneaking in during a run?

 

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