It was so nice to have a few days of sunshine. My pores were just soaking in that Vitamin D! Thank you, 70 and 80 deg temps.
However, traveling is tough on the whole healthy lifestyle thing. This trip, my hotel in Los Angeles wasn't near any grocery stores or many restaurant options other than the hotel restaurant and another hotel a few blocks away. Sleep was limited, the days were busy and exhausting with work events and food options weren't always the healthiest.
Despite the challenges, I'm still proud of myself for making my workouts a priority. The Intercontinental Hotel had an awesome gym. I got up before sunrise (5:30 am) to head to the gym two days and went out for a run in the sun another morning.
Now that January has arrived and I'm back home, it's time for training for the Eugene Marathon to begin. Do you know what that means? Better eating and lots of sleep!
Vega Sport Performance System
A few months ago, Vega Sport contacted me about doing a review of their products. After having heard from others who'd tried Vega Protein powders and researching it online, I said yes!
Just a few weeks later, I received a box of all kinds of pre, mid and post workout Vega Sport training fuel. One of my favorite parts of receiving this was just the packaging alone. As soon as you pull of the lid, the whole box pops open like your personal supplement rack.
The Vega Sport System is a complete, all-natural, plant-based sport performance system developed in three comprehensive stages (Prepare, Sustain and Recover) to help athletes perform at their best.
Vega Sport was formulated by Brendan Brazier, a professional Ironman triathlete and best-selling author on plant-based nutrition. Vega Sport performance system is 100% plant based, free of dairy, gluten and soy, which makes it great for people who are allergic to or trying to avoid any of these products. It also contains no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners - win, win, win!
Over the past six weeks, I've tried almost every product in the box. I tried one of the prepare electrolyte powders before one of my runs, but for the most part, I used a lot of the recovery products.
My favorite product was probably the chocolate coconut Protein Bar because of its taste, consistency and the likeliness that I would in fact purchase this product on my own.
Because I haven't been in race training mode the past six or so weeks, I didn't have a chance to use the sustain products, but I'm looking forward to using the gel and bars during some of my upcoming longer runs.
I usually make a point to pack in extra protein after a workout to get the best bang for my exercise buck AND to help my muscles recover faster for the next workout. Sometimes that's in the form of a green smoothie with protein powder and other times it means adding more beans, yogurt or lean protein to a meal.