That Time My Husband Convinced Me….

To give his Vega protein shake a try!

Last Saturday I planned on running my “long run” once the girls got to bed. Hilary decided she wanted to party just a little longer and didn’t fall asleep until 8:15pm which meant my run started later than I wanted.  C’est la vie!

I jumped on the treadmill and knocked out 8 kilometers. Yeah, I know, 8 might not be that much but with my injured hamstring that’s a lot for me.

My whole run I felt strong. I felt like I was running tall, you know…like I had really good posture. I was able to pick up my speed and slow down when I felt I pushed enough. I always try to run the last kilometer faster than any other, even if it’s just the last .5km and that felt great. Maybe it was my new pumps, who knows?!?!

Prior to the run I thought about making a smoothie as I bought lots of fresh fruit earlier in the day. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and bananas – yum. Honestly, I think that’s what motivated me to get through my run.

When I finished I message Sai and told him I finished 8k. He suggested I make a protein shake with his Vega powder. Hummmm….I dunno about that one, Sai. I really wanted my smoothie. After a solid 10 minute conversation back and forth I decided I’d go with the shake.

I’ve tried it before I really didn’t like it. Pretty much one of the only Vega products I didn’t like which was disappointing. Having said that I made a protein shake with the following:

  • Soy Chocolate Milk (Silk brand) – 60%
  • Skim Milk – Lactose Free – 20%
  • Vega Chocolate Protein Powder – 20%

Why did I break it up like that? Well, I ran out of chocolate milk and I didn’t want to water it down so I figured my lactose free milk would “fill it up”. With a gulp of it in my mouth, I found it wasn’t too bad! I actually liked it and couldn’t notice the flavour of the grainy-like powder. I liked it so much that I drank the WHOLE THING…600ml of protein shake!

vega protein drink

Then I proceeded to lay on the floor for a while because I was SO overfull of liquid I couldn’t move. Lesson learned…don’t make so much.

Since we are heading to the city for my Dad’s birthday this weekend, I’m hoping to hit up GoodLife Fitness and might bring along my new favourite Vega chocolate protein powder with me. I will just remember to not make so much 😉

Do you drink protein drinks after running/working out?

What’s your favourite and why?

What’s the worst one you’ve ever tried?

{Note – Not a sponsored post by Vega. I just took the Chocolate Vega Powder from my husband’s stash, Thanks Sai!}

Moving slowly

I may be moving slowly the last few days but at least I am moving. I took Sunday as a total body recovery day complete with a nap and early to bed. Those three games of soccer took a toll on my body as I am STILL sore all over yesterday. Knowing that I can’t rest forever I decided to do a walk/run combo last night after the girls went to bed. I thought it would be good to move a little, shake out my legs and see if my toe can handle running.

fear run slow


So, I put on my running gear before the girls went to sleep – no excuses right! I even had the dinner dishes cleaned – yeah I was that serious about running.

Around 7:30 I gathered all my tools {cell phone, land line phone, new tablet, head phones, baby monitor and my water} and headed down to the treadmill. I turned it on and tried to figure out how to use my new tablet to watch a show – should have done this before I wanted to walk/run. It took a little while but I managed to figure it out.

I started walking at a super slow pace…just enough to move. Then I slowly increased the speed after a 10 minute warm up walk {about .82 of a km}. I would start running and then slow it down to a walk, over and over again until I hit the 3 kilometer mark at which I felt like I could remain running. My left hamstring wasn’t too happy and my poor left toe (which was feeling really good until supper time) started to throb, but I kept going. My goal was 4k at this point.

PR Run slowly

Note – I should be starting my 1/2 Marathon training this week but haven’t committed to a training plan. Yikes!

I was running at a good pace and the show I was watching {Night Shift} wasn’t finished yet so I decided to run 5k. Just before 5k I decided to walk a little for a little cool down. I was pretty happy to have finished 5 kilometers. I drank some water, stretched a bit. Then ate 1/2 a Vega Chocolate Coconut Sports bar #yum and some soy chocolate milk #doubleyum!

Somehow I managed to run, eat, shower, get the girls bags ready for today all by 10pm! Superstar! I iced my toe again, took some Vitamin I {ibuprofen} as recommended by my husband and rested in bed. All of a sudden I couldn’t handle the ice on my toes, it was almost like I was starting to panic … so off it came. I went to bed at 10:47 and woke up diagonal in our bed at 6:25 am when my alarm went off. I SLEPT FOR 7.5 HOURS STRAIGHT! Thank you girls for sleeping all night and letting Mommy get the rest she needed.

I wasn’t too excited to get out of bed, dreading the aches and pains that I’ve had the last few mornings. I slowly got up and put my feet on the floor, stood up and walked to the bath room – no pain, no sore muscles! Moving slowly can pay off 🙂

How long does it take you to recover from a sporting event?

Do you push through minor pain or rest until 100% better?

What’s your favourite 1/2 Marathon training plan?