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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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{Run Victoria} Adjusted Training Schedule

Run Victoria Week 9

Another week has come and gone! I cannot believe this is already the 10th week of training. The race is fast approaching and I am getting a bit anxious about training. Next, week Kyle and I are going to Florida and then on to Texas. It’s going to be hotter than Hades! I really do not know how I am going to make it through training. To calm myself down a bit, I have made an adjusted training schedule to fit my travel and school schedule. Here is what my long runs are going to look like:

Run Victoria Long Run Calendar

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{Race Recap} 5k Foam Fest

Foam Fest Finish Line

A couple of months ago, I was given free entry to a Foam Fest race of my choosing curtsy of Foam Fest. Foam Fest has races throughout North America. The closest location was Seattle. So last weekend we made the drive down to Seattle and ran the Foam Fest. This was our first fun run, so weren’t sure what to expect, you know besides the obvious abundance of foam:)

Foam Fest Janelle + Kyle

Pre-Race

Package pick-up and pre-race prep was pretty low-key. We arrived about an hour before our starting time, changed into our gear, and pick up our bibs. Since it was just a fun run, there were no timing chips and I am pretty sure they just gave out numbers as people showed up. After quickly getting all the pre-race stuff done, we had plenty of time to spare so we decided to start during an earlier time slot. While we were waiting for the final countdown, girls from a local dance school (sorry I cannot remember their name…) warmed us up with some fun dancing.

Kyle Foam Fest Slide

The Course

Throughout the course there was 10+ obstacles (you’ll get a better idea once Kyle finishes his video). We started the race by running through a foam wall. I have to saw I was happy with the planning of the obstacles. It never felt like we were just running for too long. The obstacles included a mud craw, running through tires in the lake, a huge slide, and much more. The only thing I would have changed is going through the course earlier in the day. It would have been a much cooler temperature and I think there would have been more foam, mud, and people!

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Post-Race

As soon as we crossed the line we given a medal, had our photo taken, and received a t-shirt! After downing some much-needed water and cleaning off the mud and foam, we wondered to the few health food booths. There wasn’t much going on but we did get samples of Golazo which is now my favorite sport drink!

Would I do it again?

I would love to do another fun run! However, for the price, I would suggest it as great first time 5k or for those just getting started with the 5k distance (unless of course you have no issue with the $75 fee, then go for:). For Kyle and me, we would probably not do another 5k for this price and opt for a longer distance.

*Updates: I just looked on the Foam Fest website and read that they have gone out of business. It looks like our race was the last one they did. For my Canadian readers, have no fear, Foam Fest Canada is still in operation and you can find info here.**

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The Summer of Nike Fuel

Have you heard that this is the Summer of NikeFuel?!? Nike has started another awesome contest to get people moving! This one is all about the FuelBand. The game is pretty simple, earn the most NikeFuel and you win. What to you win?? An epic Nike weekend in LA! Thankfully, Nike is also giving FuelBand users an opportunity to win a grand prize by hosting ten weekly challenges. Since I only bought my FuelBand last week, I am a couple 100k NikeFuel points behind the leaders. Meaning my only shot of winning is by topping the leaderboard during one of the weekly challenges. Wish me luck!

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This is the fourth Nike+ challenge in just a few months. Each contest has required participants to push themselves to their limits either through running or simply being active. It has been awesome to hear, on the Nike Community forums, how these challenges have altered participants’ lives! Nike, I applaud you for raising the stakes and being committed to enhancing the well-being of Nike consumers across the globe!!!

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Nike is further killing it in the motivation and health promotion department with the Nike FuelBox. This thing is seriously awesome and I am considering jumping on a plane to NYC just to check it out! The FuelBox is a vending machine full of Nike products that you buy with NikeFuel. I saw a guy on Twitter that traded in a 12k NikeFuel day for a Nike SportWatch! Other people were trading in Fuel for shirts and socks! Maybe Nike will test the FuelBox out in Vancouver or Seattle next:)

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So basically this post was a ploy to get you to join the Nike FuelBand club! I know I’ve only had mine a week….but what can I say, it was love at first sight:) Alight, enough talking, I need to go play tennis so I can keep my 4k streak alive!

Happy Sweating!!

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{Run Victoria} Foam Fest + Week 8 Training

Seattle Foam Fest

Week 7 of marathon training as come and gone! After a busy schedule with school and getting sick, it felt really good to get back to training. I am still taking it a bit easier and dialing down my training by putting greater priority on enjoying summer vacation with Kyle and accomplishing my academic goals. It is not always easy to shift expectations mid-training but it has been necessary.

Run Victoria Week 8

Here’s next week’s training plan! I am hoping to also throw in some swimming. My triathlon is just a little over a month away so I should probably start training… Along with a swim or two, I am working on hitting my daily NikeFuel goal. I finally bought a Nike FuelBand last week and am now on a journey to conquer the Summer of NikeFuel!

Week 7 Recap

Sunday: Final day off after being sick! NTC Advanced Yoga

Monday: Walk

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 10:45

Wednesday: NTC Power Legs {awesome leg workout, felt it for days} + NTC Gym Sculpt {fantastic 15 minute workout!!!}

Thursday: 4 miles @ 10:36 {20 minutes out, 20 minute tempo back}

Friday: NTC Curve Carver

Saturday: Foam Fest 5k – blog post soon to come!

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