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{Weekend Update} SeaWheeze Half Marathon + Abbotsford Triathlon

Janelle Runs - SeaWheeze Half  + Abbotsford Tri

Hello! This past weekend was a busy one, SeaWheeze Half Marathon on Saturday and my first Triathlon on Sunday. I had a fantastic time at both events and am already counting down the days until my next race. I do not have for a full on race recap tonight but I wanted to share some highlights and photos! I’ll start with the SeaWheeze, once again one of my besties, Lori, traveled to the Great White North to run this epic race with me. She’s such a trooper, she flew straight in from Europe at the end of the a family vacation. Due to jet lag we opted for a run/walk race plan (more details on that in the full race recap). It worked well for us and we finished in 2 hours 30 minutes. We had a great time and cannot wait for next year!!!

Lori and I have our 15 2 seconds of fame at 1:15!!

The other big event of the weekend was the Abbotsford Triathlon! This was my first Tri. I’ll admit, after signing up a few months ago I rode my bike and swam twice…At least I was prepared for the running. I had such a great time and ended up doing better than I had hoped! Here’s my stat line (times for each segment include transition):

Total time: 1:37:46 | 750 m Swim 15:36 | 20 k Bike 54:00 | 5 k Run 28:10

Abbotsford Triathlon

Just about to cross the finish line…

Well, that’s all for now! Full race recaps soon to come.

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Tips for Working Out During Vacation

Tips for Working Out During Vacation

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Kyle and have been traveling for the past weeks. We have gone from Alberta to Florida to Texas and soon onto Seattle (while Kyle is already there). It has been crazy busy but absolutely wonderful! While on vacation we’ve attended Kyle’s sister’s wedding, met my cousin’s newborn baby, visited lots and lots of family, went to Disney and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and returned home to Texas. Then tomorrow we are going to the wedding of two close friends! Yes, it has been cra cra! Oh, and I have also been working on my graduate program the whole time (actually I should be doing that now instead of blogging…).

When we left home a few weeks ago I was determined to stick to my regular workout routines. After almost three weeks of being on the road and successfully keeping up with my fitness schedule, I thought I would share some of the tactics I used:

1) Early bird gets the worm…

Set the alarm an extra 30 minutes early and get your workout done first thing. You’ll get the worm plus a stress-free day, full of energy from your morning workout. It is a win-win-win:)

2) Get creative

Turn a local attraction or activity into  a workout opportunity. For example, on our last day in Cabo, before heading to the airport, Kyle and I did Stand Up Paddle boarding.

3) Use visitor passes 

If your accommodations don’t have a fitness center hop on over the local Y or gym, most places will give you a free trial pass. We did this at one of the Orlando YMCA and the Y closet to my parents’ house.

4) Make it a family/group event 

Turn your daily workout into a family/group event! Surfing, snorkeling, mountain biking, and walking around a famous park are just a few ways you could get your whole family/group to be active.

5) Don’t stress if you have to scale it back 

Remember you are on vacation! It is okay if you have to dial down the training for a few days. In fact, a few days off for recovery will probably serve you well:)

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Do You Believe in Magic???

Family Epcot, Disney, Magic

Is there anything more magical than Disney and Harry Potter?!?!

Howdy! Greetings from the great state of Texas! The last few weeks have been a complete whirlwind. Kyle’s sister got married in Alberta, we flew to Orlando to meet my cousin’s newborn baby, and now we are in Texas spending time with my parents and grandparents. Plus, I have been working on two classes this summer. It has been cray cray but so much fun.

I don’t have a ton of spare time to write a thorough post about all the magic of Harry Potter and Disney, so I am going to just share a few photos from Harry Potter and Kyle’s GoPro video of our day at Disney! More detailed travel posts to come:)

Gringotts, Diagon Alley

In case you haven’t heard, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWOHP) is pretty much the event of the year in the theme park community. About a month ago, Universal opened up their second Harry Potter themed land, Diagon Alley (+ a WWOHP opened in Japan). As soon as we decided to go to Orlando this summer, I knew we had to go to WWOHP! And let me tell you, it was amazingly MAGICAL! Seriously, magical is the only word to describe it.

Here are some of the magical things we experienced…

Hogwarts

We wandered through Hogwarts Castle! 

Jump - Hogwarts Express

We ran through platforms 9 3/4 (yes, we RAN through) and rode the Hogwarts Express!

The Leaky Cauldron

We ate lunch at the Leaky Cauldron!

WWOHP - Wand Shopping

We wandered through the same shops Harry explored in Diagon Alley! Here I am in Ollivanders!

WWOHP - Robes

And in Madam Malkin’s…I must say I think I look good in a Gryffindor robe. We also wandered through Quality Quidditch Supplies, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, the Magical Menagerie, and more! 

Frozen Butterbeer - WWOHP

Of course we enjoyed Butterbeer, both frozen and as an ice cream flavor + we rode Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (it was definitely worth the 2.5 hour wait!!!)

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Plus, we posed in Sirius’ motorbike, saw 12 Grimmauld Place + Kreacher, met the Knight Bus conductor, tested out our wizarding skills with my cousin’s interactive wand, saw Celestina Warbeck perform, spoke with a goblin, toured down Knockturn Alley, and saw a couple get engaged in front of Gringotts. Yep, we pretty much saw everything Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade had to offer with the exception of a few performances. It was absolutely amazing. I am pretty sure my drop was hanging open the entire day. If you love Harry Potter, this is an absolute must see! Even if you don’t love Harry Potter (not sure how that is possible) you will find yourself moved by the beautiful magic J.K. Rowling has created!

And just to make sure Disney feels the love, here is a video from our day at Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios!

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Summer Vacation!

Hello All,

Sorry I have been MIA the past two weeks! Kyle and I were in Alberta for his sister’s wedding. As soon as we got home we flew down to Florida to meet my cousin’s two-week old baby! Now, we are in the Sunshine State. But soon we are off to Texas. It has been a non-stop ride!

Even with all the travel I am still sticking to the 365 day challenge and training for Victoria, well at least I am trying (have you ever ran in the Floridan humidity???). I will try to get back on a normal posting schedule once we are in Texas and my summer class is over! Until then here’s a photo from Epcot..

Can you guess where we are going today????

That’s right, get your broomsticks and cauldrons, we are boarding the Hogwarts Express and entering the magical land of Harry Potter!!!

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{Product Review} Vega Sport Energy Bars

A few weeks ago I signed up to test out the Vega Sport Energy Bars. I was super excited to take advantage of this opportunity because my only previous experience with Vega was at the SeaWheeze last year and I was soooo not a fan. So when Sweat Pink collaborated with Vega to launch this review campaign I jumped on board. And after a week with the Vega Sport Energy Bars, I can officially say my opinions of Vega have shifted and I am a Vega believer!

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Vega recently launch the Fuel Your Better initiative. This movement is about pushing beyond your limit and expanding your abilities. Along with inspiring new limits, the campaign highlights the Vega Sport Prepare, Sustain, & Recover  products. As you can see, Vega sent me a box of the Chocolate Coconut Almond flavored Vega Sport Energy Bars which is part of the Sustain line, meaning the bars are meant to be taken for immediate + sustained energy.

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Okay, okay enough rambling, it’s time to get to the review so you can decide if this product is right for you….

What I absolutely love about the Sport Energy Bars

- Ingredients: The bars are plant based, gluten free, and non-GMO! So even before tasting them, Vega had me very intrigued.

- Flavor + Texture: When I saw the coconut flavor I was a bit worried because I am not a big coconut fan, unless it’s in a pina colada. But from the first bite I was hooked! I love the flavor! They were seriously as moist and delicious as Vega claims on the box! I know they sent me this stuff for to test out and you may think I am exaggerating, but I promise you they are delicious.

- Instant Energy: Just as Vega claims, these bars provide quick and lasting energy! I decided put them to the test by eating one just before a run. Generally, I have to avoid even light snacks just before a run. But these bars were a different story. I ate it just before I stepped out the door and had zero cramping throughout the entire run.

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The things I did not love about the Vega Sport Energy Bars:

There really was not much to dislike about the energy bars. But nothing is perfect, so let’s take a look at my two tiny complaints.

- Upset Stomach: Before I scare you off let me clarify that this only happened when using the bars to fuel my run. The constant pounding did not help it sit well in my stomach, which is also why I do not do gels when I run. In the future, I’ll stick to using the Sport Energy Bars before cycling, swimming, hiking, and other non pounding activities.

Cost: I know this box was sent to me. But as soon as I took one bite I had to check out the price for future purchases. Each bar is about $3/bar. I know it is pricey but definitely get what you pay for and this is a quality product!

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Would I recommend it to a friend? 

Absolutely yes!!! If you are looking for a delicious and healthy energizing snack, this is the product for you! Right now Vega has a sample deal going on their site. If want to test it out I would jump on this sampler pack.

A final note…

Vega, thank you for sending me these yummy bars to test out!!! I greatly appreciate it and if you ever want to test out some product again, just let me know:)

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