Vega Sport Recovery Bar Review

I was psyched to get a box of protein bars from Vega Sport as part of their Fuel Your Better campaign. I found this opportunity through Fit Approach as I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador.

Give your muscles the protein they crave. Recharge and repair with Vega Sport Protein Bar post-workout, so you can do it all again, sooner.

Non-GMO, gluten-free and made without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, flavours include Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Mint flavors.

What mattered most to me about these bars is that they were gluten & dairy free! Most protein bars contain a milk ingredient and these bars may contain some milk. For those of you who are lactose intolerant, they shouldn’t hurt your stomach. If you have a dairy allergy… proceed with caution.

These bars couldn’t come at a better time as I had a week staycation that consisted of late nights, hiking, and lots of physical activity. Though these bars are meant for recovery, I used them both during and after my activities.

Mountain top lake, 5 miles up!

Mountain top lake, 5 miles up!

TASTE

We all know protein bars are for the most part, dry and disgusting. These however tasted like a chocolate bar, they were soft and chewy. I had the chocolate peanut butter bars which had real peanuts in it.

FILLING

What I noticed the most about these bars is how filling they were! I could eat one and go hours without getting hungry. This is huge when you’re in the middle of the mountains and have to get through the rest of your hike.

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RECOVERY?

Did I recover faster? I honestly can’t say. This is because I am not currently undergoing a consistent training plan so I can’t compare my recovery with this bar versus without.

FINAL THOUGHTS

These bars were a life-saver this past week! I only wish I had a caseful!

 

Vega break at a waterfall

Vega break at a waterfall

How do you “Fuel Your Better”?

Disclosure: I received these products free of charge to post a review but my opinions are my own.

 

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Family Wedding & Reunion

Hello! Did you all miss me? I have been MIA for over a week because I’ve been on a fabulous staycation with my family. My cousin Geener (nickname- her real name is Christina) got married in Cardston and my family all came up from the States (almost everyone has moved South now) to celebrate the occasion. I had all my immediate family except one sister stay with me so it was a full house.

The wedding was a blast! Our family is so loud and crazy and everyone dances!

My siblings and I.

My siblings and I.

The happy couple

The happy couple

My epic photo bomb

My epic photo bomb

Ryan and I dancing. Ha ha ha!

Ryan and I dancing. Ha ha ha!

My brother break dancing

My brother break dancing

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Besides the wedding, we played, visited and ate- a LOT!

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Beach time at Wally's beach!

Beach time at Wally’s beach!

Family beach time

Family beach time

sushi time!

sushi time!

By Thursday morning, everyone had left and I am homesick for them already! I wish we didn’t live so far apart. Posts to come, Croswnest Pass & Mine Tours, Hoo Doos, and Waterton hiking.

On Vacation!

Sorry guys- you may have noticed a lack of posts and that is because I am on vacation! Family wedding, family reunion and having family in town for adventures has been taking up most of my time. I’ll be back with lots of fun this weekend!

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Focusing on a Faster Pace

I walked away from this weekend’s triathlon with a new sense of purpose. Part of my problem with running is my inability to run a fast distance pace. I can sprint 200 metres or I can plod along at a 12 min/mile pace, I can’t figure out the go between. I am in good shape and I should be able to run faster than I do, I just don’t know how.

I am changing my training focus for a while. I was eye balling half marathons and 10k’s and I realize that I need to work on my speed before distance.  I need to get a much faster mile time because this 12 min/mile thing isn’t working for me any longer.

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I have been researching training plans for increasing speed and am trying to find a September or October 5k to test it out on.

I found a great training plan on Women’s Running to break the 30 minute 5k mark, a feat I have only done once while in high school cross country running a 29:30. After my vacation next week I’m going to undergo this training plan in the hopes of breaking my PR of 29:30 in October or November.

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Key Paces: RP=Race Pace, 9:20/mile XT=Cross Train (bike, elliptical, swim, etc.) E=Easy, 11:35/mile F=Fartlek (run the total distance indicated, incorporating the speedy sections into the middle of the workout) H=Hard, 8:45/mile HI= Hill, 9:00/mile (run the total distance indicated, incorporating hill sprints at this speed into the middle of the workout) LR=Long Run, 11:35-13:45/mile R=Recovery, 15:00/mile SF= Strong Finish, 11:00/mile T=Tempo, 9:45/mile

*For all starred workouts, start with 10-15 min warm up, and finish with 5-10 minute cool down.

Training Key 

Long Run (LR)

Long runs develop the aerobic capacity and endurance necessary for covering the race distance. Your pace should stay fairly comfortable, although fatigue will build up toward the end.

Strong Finish (SF)

Some long runs will end with five to 15 minutes of running at a slightly quicker pace to teach your body to pick

it up when you’re fatigued. The pace translates to roughly 20 to 30 seconds per mile faster than your normal long run pace. 

Fartlek (F)

In fartlek workouts, you’ll mix up your speed, running some segments fast and some slow. The “hard” segments should be run at goal 5k pace or a bit quicker. Make sure to run at a pace that you can maintain throughout the entire effort. Start with a warm up of 10 to 15 minutes of easy jogging. Jog or walk the recovery time between hard effort, and then finish with a five to 10 minute easy cool down.

Hill Repeats (HI)

Hill sessions strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calf muscles, which will equate to faster running on all terrain. After warming up for 10 to 15 minutes, run up a hill with a moderate grade for the amount about the same as 5k race effort, although the pace will likely be slower. If you live in a flat area, find a bridge or use a treadmill. Walk or jog back down the hill for recovery and repeat the effort when you reach the bottom.

Race Pace (RP)

Race pace workouts require you to run at your goal 5k pace. This workout teaches your body what the pace feels like, and increases your ability to hold RP for an extended period of time. Start and finish each workout with 10 to 15 minutes of light jogging. 

Tempo (T)

Tempo runs build stamina. Tempos are performed at a comfortably hard pace. Breathing will be slightly labored, but you should be relaxed and able to maintain an even pace. Begin T sessions with 10 to 15 minutes of easy running as a warm up. Start the T portion of the run as indicated, and ease into your pace. End the workout with a five to 10 minute easy cool down.

Easy (E)

Sprinkled throughout each plan are easy runs. Easy runs are just that, easy. These runs are used for recovery, as well as just getting time on your legs.

 Has anyone out there worked on increasing speed? Any tips or advice?