running here, there, and everywhere and an Amazing Grass Protein Review

Can’t stop won’t stop over here.  I literally have been non-stop the past couple of days.  Friday, I headed back home to Chicago to attend my cousin’s wedding, which was amazing. Pre-wedding, I decided to test my speed a little and do a fartlek run on the treadmill.  4 miles of random speeds later and I felt good.  Like really good.  I feel like I’m making strides (literally) and it’s a good feeling.

Sunday was a rest day because, let’s be honest, you couldn’t pay me to workout after that wedding.  But, thanks to the rise of the Pokemon Go app, I easily hit my 10,000 steps haha.  My boyfriend and I went on multiple aimless walks.  Gotta catch em all, obviously.

Today was a 5k.  I still am taking little breaks every now and then to reassess and check my ankle, but I’m getting there.  To be completely frank, it doesn’t always feel awesome.  There are times when I get a little nervous, but I know I’m ready and I’ve got to keep pushing to get there.  I have to say though my new supplement routine seems to helping with my progress.

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect protein powder.  After talking about supplements and all those fun extras a couple of posts back, I’ve been working to try and incorporate them into my meals a little more regularly.  I received a container of Amazing Grass Protein Superfood through my association with FitApproach.  All opinions are my own.

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Amazing Grass Protein is a blend of pea, hemp, chia, and quinoa, delivering 20g of protein per serving.  But that’s not all.  In each serving, you get 7 alkalizing organic greens and two-full servings of wholesome fruits and vegetables. No shame in getting a little extra goodness along with my protein.  Definitely not complaining.

When I first opened the canister, I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t ready for the smell.  It’s unlike regular protein powders. The initial shock of the smell didn’t dissuade me though and I decided to use it in some shakes and try baking with it.  It’s a super convenient way to get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables, that’s for sure.

So, I used some in a shake and I was shocked.  I expected it to be an overwhelming flavor that I wasn’t going to enjoy, but this was not the case at ALL.  I think the best part about the Amazing Grass Protein Superfood powder is that it’s more than just protein powder and that makes me want to use it as much as I can.  I started putting a little bit in my morning oatmeal, sprinkling it into some of my baked goods, and putting it in shakes.  I even gave it to my uber picky boyfriend and he loved it.  Seriously, I’m not just saying that.  It gave the shakes a green tea taste almost like matcha.  If you like matcha, you will honestly love this stuff.  It blends really well too because the powder is super fine.  Amazing Grass knows what’s up.

Best part.  Macros.  It’s super hard to find a low carb, vegan protein powder but each serving of this stuff only has 4g of carbs.  Yep.  4.  Kthanksbye.  20g of protein too.

Overall, really glad I gave this stuff a try and will be incorporating it into my rotation for sure.  It’s some of the most refreshing protein powder I’ve tried and tastes great in a simple shake of just bananas and almond milk.  Count me in.

-sj

 

running on tired legs

This workout week has been something.  I took Saturday as my rest day this week, but still ended up walking a couple miles at my boyfriend’s jiu jitsu tournament because the campus where it took place was beyond beautiful.  Why is it that scenery plays such a large part of motivation to get moving?  In between his competitions, I would plug in my headphones and just go for a walk among the rolling hills.  It was the most serene feeling in the world and much more enjoyable than just sitting on my butt waiting.

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The campus sat on a hill overlooking this bay and I just couldn’t get over it.  The next day, I was feeling rejuvenated from my rest and decided to go for a run.  7 miles later I felt on top of the world.  I hadn’t meant to go that far, but I was just wrapped up in the good feelings and that was that.  Well, not exactly that because I had my BBG Philly Meetup to get my butt to!  I am loving these meetups.  Some of these girls are the most inspiring, incredible, kind girls I’ve ever had the chance to meet, so when they had a redo of last weeks’ snowed out get together, I jumped at the chance.  The workout was 30 whole minutes of awesome death.  My legs were feeling it in the best possible way and even more so the next day.  I took the opportunity to sooth my legs by just focusing on my arms on Monday, but by Tuesday I was done.

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I woke up on Tuesday and I just said “Nope.” and turned around and crawled into bed.  My legs were tired.  My arms were tired.  My abs were tired.  Working out just didn’t seem to be in the cards.

Fast forward a couple hours later and my lunch break was quickly approaching and all that was on my mind was “Maybe I could just hop over to the gym for a quick run”.  I work from home, so when I decided to take lunch, I changed into my workout gear and headed for the door.

The run felt amazing.  I felt strong and powerful and speedy to boot.  Then I got to thinking.  Sometimes it’s important to train on tired legs, especially if you’re training to run further distances and for longer periods of time.  You need to get used to that feeling of your legs and lungs being heavy and really working to produce each step.  The last thing you want is for this feeling to be unfamiliar when you need it most.

When you’re training for something, you’re often working your body in a million different ways and you can’t expect to be on your A game every single time you go out there.  But it’s these tired workouts that change us.  The ones that you don’t really want to do, but you do anyway and you walk away feeling like you’ve overcome everything.  You talk back to that voice in your head saying “just quit already” and you say, “I’ve got this”.

More than a physical obstacle, running on tired legs is in a whole nother mental ballpark.  Working out can be mentally challenging in a lot of ways.  I tend to workout alone so a lot of my brain power is spent motivating myself to keep going, telling myself I can do it, and convincing my brain that what I’m doing really isn’t all that crazy.  Training your mind is just as important as training your body if you truly want to be successful.

All this being said, sometimes it’s important to take it easy because injuries are a very real thing.  But, if you want to challenge yourself every now and again, don’t sell yourself short.  Pick up those tired legs and move em a little bit and show that voice in your head who’s boss.

 

-sj