Vega Sport Sugar Free Energizer Review & #fuelyourbetter Campaign

I was recently contacted by the very nice people at Vega Sport and given the opportunity to try one of their new pre-workout supplements as part of their #fuelyourbetter campaign.  I received the Vega Sport Sugar Free Pre-Workout Energizer, a pre-workout drink mix sporting a unique blend of plant-based performance-improving ingredients.

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I’ve never been one to really drink supplements but I was willing to give it shot.  Before my morning runs I usually have a quick espresso and then head out the door, but I started replacing my beloved espresso with the Vega Sport Sugar Free Pre-Workout Energizer mix for shorter runs.

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of lemon lime flavored anything.  I was a bit disappointed when I didn’t receive the acai berry flavor to try because I heard it was SO good, but to be honest, the lemon-lime flavor isn’t too bad.  I’m not in love with it but it’s definitely drinkable.

As far as the effects of the Vega Sport Sugar Free Pre-Workout Energizer, I thought it was great!  Not quite the same as coffee but it definitely gave me a little extra boost of energy to run in the morning.  I also love that it’s made with stevia so it’s sugar free.

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For me, what ended up being the best way to drink it, was to mix up a packet with water and then hop on the subway to whatever yoga/dance/crossfit class I was headed to that evening.  I found the drink to be the perfect amount of  energy to get through the class, but not so bad that I would be wired and up all night.

SO, would I purchase this with my own money?  Probably not.  Like I said, I’m not a huge lemon lime fan and it’s definitely a little expensive for a product I’m not in love with, but maybe I’d feel otherwise about the acai berry flavor.

Have you tried other Vega products?  I’m interested in trying the protein powder, so I may be purchasing that when my current protein powder is finished.

Please note, I received this product for free, but all opinions are my own.

NYCM Training: Week 2 & Week 3

 

Here’s what I’ve been up to the past two week on the exercise front….

Week 2

Monday:  Rest.

Tuesday:  45 minutes spin class at FlyWheel.

Wednesday:  2 mile run.

Thursday:  3 mile run.

Friday:  2 mile walk/run.

Saturday:  Oakley Mini 10k.  A HUGE PR for me.  Smile

Sunday:  Rest.

Week 3

Monday:  Pilates class.  Ugh, so boring. 

Tuesday:  3 mile walk/run.

Wednesday:  Rest.

Thursday:  3 mile walk/run

Friday:  30 minute easy bike ride

Saturday:  20 minute easy bike ride

Sunday:  NYRR Queens 10k.  Another PR!

NYCM Training: Week 1

Last week was my first week of marathon training! I didn't make it to a yoga class but I did get in one day of cross training and all of my runs.

Monday: 3 mile run/walk in the morning. I'm still trying to transition into a morning workout person. It's been rough.

Tuesday: I went to an EVF360 class. It seemed really similar to crossfit….and it KILLED me. I was sore for days after this workout. Obviously I really need to start doing more strength.

WOD#1:
8 rounds(20/10)
Row
Kettlebell swings
Sit ups

WOD#2:
20 min AMRAP
200m run
10 plate thrusters
10 overhead weighted lunges
10 weighted sit-ups

Wednesday: 2 mile run for National Running Day! My legs were incredibly sore from the class the day before, but I wanted to run! It was more of a hobble, but whatever.

Thursday: 3 mile run/walk in the evening during the sunset.

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: Another rest day. I had planned on going to a rowing class but then got stuck working. Womp womp.


Sunday: 3 mile run/walk in a cute little park. I also biked a few miles to meet my friends for brunch. That counts, right? Haha.

 

NYC Marathon Training Plan

This week marks the official beginning of my training for the NYCM on November 2nd, 2014.  I know that sounds reallllly far away, but I found a 22 week plan that starts out really slow and builds up over time.

I’ve never successfully trained for a race and completed it.  I’ve done a few half marathons but never stuck to a training plan – life or laziness always seems to get in the way.  I’ve also done the NYC marathon twice before, but without following through with my original plan.  So this year, I made a plan and I’M STICKING TO IT! 

I think in the past I’ve been overly ambitious with how often and how far I can run, realistically.  So this time around I’ve found a plan that calls for 4 days of running, one day of cross training and TWO rest days.  Hopefully that will be the key to me sticking to the plan.  I’d also like to incorporate some yoga into my training because I know that’s definitely good for me.

SO, here’s to hoping I become a little more motivated and little more OCD and I actually follow through with my plan.  I’ve done so many races without any real training, I’m excited to see what happens if I actually put forth some effort and train for real.

Thinking Out Loud #1

This is my first time linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

1. I'm currently at the doctors office. It's 9:42 and my appointment was for 9am. How can the first appointment of the day already be running late? I wish I was less annoyed by little things like this.

2. I started apartment hunting. It's so exhausting. I really didn't want to pay a brokers fee but I might have to just suck it up and pay. I've seen so many places that are “bait and switch” -ish with realtors advertising photos of one place and taking me to a COMPLETELY different one. Do they think I won't notice? Ugh. I've almost reached my breaking point where I'd rather just pay someone to find me a nice place to live.

3. Just finished reading this book. I really need to start eating less sugar, I just can't seem to do it. I'm definitely addicted. It's hard to imagine going a year(especially when it's hard to manage one day) but I'm thinking of doing a 30 day no sugar challenge or something along those lines.


4. I'm loving gel manicures. I'm kind of afraid that's it's wrecking my nails but I love that it's been over two weeks and they still look close to perfect. Definitely growing out, but not chipped.

5. I just stumbled upon juicerecipes.com to figure out the calories and nutrition in my juice. I order juice occasionally but really had no idea how many calories or grams of sugar I was getting. Here's my juice from this morning:

With the ingredients and nutritional info:

Apparently carrots have a ton of sugar in them…I guess I didn't know that.

 

Brooklyn Half Marathon

This has been sitting in my drafts for about two weeks now….oops. Better late than never, right? So here we go….back to May 17th….

I woke up, bright and early around 5:30am. Took a quick shower, braided my hair, drank a espresso and a cherry limeade nuun. I also made a waffle with PB but I wasn't hungry so I packed it and brought it with me to eat on the subway ride.

I left my apartment and walked to the subway a few minutes before 6, thinking this would leave me plenty of time. I know it's only 20-25 minutes to prospect park, but I wanted to take into account morning/weekend delays so I gave myself about an hour. I got on the subway and we sat there, not moving for nearly 30 minutes. Thanks, MTA. So I ended up getting to the park, going through securtiy(the line was absurd – and I realize I shouldn't complain because safety is important, but I was late!) and getting to the baggage truck JUST as they stopped accepting baggage. Awesome. It ended up not being a big deal because there was an extra “late baggage” truck there, AND the truck my bag was supposed to be on ending up getting in a minor accident and didn't make it to the end of the race until very late. So I guess I should be thanking the MTA for making me late and having bag on a different truck? Who knows. I just felt sorry for all the people who were in corral 34 and were on time and couldn't get their bag after the race.

Anyway, I got my corral and stood around for 45 minutes and then we were off!

Seeing as how I was completely unprepared for this race, my plan was to run the first 5k, walk in the park, and the run/walk the rest on ocean parkway. I ran nice and slow, and by the time I got to 5k I still felt good so I kept running! I took my time, walked through all the water stations and stopped to stretch my hamstrings and hips almost every mile. I wasn't concerned about time at all. I almost didn't wear my watch because my only goal was to finish within the 3 hour cut off and have fun…..but then I wore it anyway and just I ignored it. When I got onto ocean parkway I started to alternate walking and running. Mostly running, but walking for a few minutes here and there and also stopping to stretch. I ate 3 shot blocks around mile 6 and ate whatever fuel NYRR was handing out at mile 9. I think it was a powerade brand gel? All I know is I chose strawberry banana and it tasted decent.

Since I wasn't concerned about time at all, I wasn't really paying attention to my watch or the time….but I saw when I passed the clock at mile 11 I realized I wasn't too far off from my time from last year. I decided to pick up the pace a tiny bit and see if I could beat my time from last year.


I didn't quite beat my time but I got really close. Only 8 seconds behind last years time, which makes me really happy because I honestly thought I would be walking most of the race and come in somewhere around 3 hours. Also, looking at my splits, I think I PR-ed the first 10k!

Official time: 2:27:38


In the end, I had a lot of fun. It was a beautiful day, there were plenty of nice, chatty people to talk to along the way and I had a great time just being out

 
 

 

Five Things Friday

Happy Friday!!! This is my first time linking up with Clare for her Five Things Friday! Here are five random things from my week:

1. I went to the Brooklyn Half Expo on Wednesday night. I took the ferry to DUMBO, rather than battle the subway at rush hour and it was such a good idea! The ferry was quick and pleasant and empty.

I picked up my stuff and bought some fuel. Shot blocks and nuun….plus a pretty water bottle.

2. I had dinner this week at Jack the Horse Tavern in Brooklyn. I wasn't feeling 100% this week so I didn't have much of an appetite but the food was fantastic. I had the diver scallops with grilled red plum chutney and braised endive and ate every single bite, even with no appetite. They also had a really affordable prix-fixe menu that looked amazing. I need to go back when I'm feeling better.


3. Butter nail polish was half off at Rickys this week. Spending 16 dollars on nail polish is absurd but I will happily give away my money when it's on sale.

4. Kind of random but I really liked my outfit today. It's very spring-y, even though it feels like fall outside.


5. I went to breakfast this morning at Bluebell Cafe. The food was pretty good and the place was adorable. I wanted to order something reasonably healthy, but somehow needed up with biscuits and gravy and homefries. Carbo loading for tomorrow morning? Haha
Enjoy the weekend and good luck to everyone doing to Brooklyn Half tomorrow!

 

Class Review: Aqua Studio

Also known as that time I tried underwater cycling and just prayed that I didn't drown.

I signed up for the interval women only class at 9:30am this morning for my first class at Aqua Studio. I called in advance to find out what I needed(clothes wise, a lock, shoes?) – turns out I didn't need anything. The receptionist told me to bring a swimsuit, myself and a positive attitude. It is worth noting that she advised booking the earlier classes (9:30 vs 10:30) because they don't have a ton of lockers and there will a wait to get one. I took the earlier class and didn't have a problem finding a locker.

I got there around 9:10 to check in. I filled out a waiver and the receptionist gave me a towel and a pair of little jelly water shoes.

I changed into my workout clothes and headed to the pool. I decided to wear bike shorts and a sports bra because I thought sitting on the bike in a swimsuit would be uncomfortable – but I probably would have been uncomfortable either way. There were only three other women in the class and they were wearing speedo type bathing suits.

As for the class itself, it was really weird. The instructor, Lucie, was awesome and very upbeat, but being on the bike in the water was just strange. I think my movements would have felt a lot less jerky and awkard at a higher resistance, but there was no way to change that, so I was left feeling awkard. We did some interval work, some arm movements(boring) and some core work. The core work was done by floating behind the bike and doing leg lifts – that was actually probably my favorite part.

Pros:

-Very nice atmosphere. I liked that the studio was very clean with candles and dim lighting.

-GREAT instructor(Lucie). I wasn't a huge fan of the class but it definitely wasn't because of her! She was very helpful and gave everyone individual attention and encouragement.

-It was a perfect workout for an active rest day(aka my legs needed a break but I still wanted to do some light exercise). My legs are a little tired but not not exhausted, like they would be after a normal spin class.

-Ton of benefits for your health. Aqua cycling is supposedly burns cellulite, enhances blood flow and helps you sleep better.

Cons:

-42 bucks with the shoe rental is kind of steep.

-I think the pool was a little too deep for me. I'm only 4'11 so some of the movements behind the bike ended up splashing me in the face or had my chin in the water.

-Not enough blow dryers. Four women sharing two blow dryers is fine, but I can't imagine if the class had been full(15 women).

All in all, the class was definitely interesting but I don't think I'll be taking it again. It was fun to try and I'm glad I can say I tried the first aqua cycling studio in the US but I don't think it's something I'll be regularly incorporating into my life.

Also worth noting – I paid for this class. Nobody asked me to review it, I just thought it might be helpful to anyone considering taking a class in the future.

 

MIMM: Mother’s Day Weekend

Happy Monday! Thanks to Katie for the hosting this link up. :)

Here are a few marvelous things from my weekend…

Marvelous is...spending the weekend with my amazing mom! We had a nice family breakfast, visited my grandparents and spent some time planting flowers outside.

Marvelous is….having fruit skewers instead of cake for Mother's Day. My family is trying to cut back on sugar so my brother made this instead a cake. Very thoughtful!

Marvelous is….a new PR at my 10k this weekend!

Marvelous is.…signing up for some new fun classes to try this month. Tomorrow I'm trying underwater spinning…sounds interesting lol.

Hope everyone out there is having a marvelous Monday!