While running along the St. Augustine bayfront yesterday afternoon, I took some time to reflect upon the changing of seasons, and the beginning of another year. I must say, I have a bit of a problem with the whole “New Year, New You” mentality. Whenever I see this phrase [over]used as a headline, I can’t help but sigh. I have to ask, what does it even mean? While I appreciate the encouragement to be a better version of myself than last year, I think holding ourselves to a good, better and best ranking system urges us to put unrealistic expectations on ourselves.
Although I will continue to strive to make positive changes, learn from my experiences, invite healing into my life, and let go of mental roadblocks holding me back, I’m not sure I will ever be the best version of myself. And I’m not sure I want to be either. After I’m the best me, then what? Sounds like even more self-induced pressure.
As if Vega wasn’t already number one in my book when it comes to clean, plant-based nutrition products, they’ve found a way to make their signature Vega One, All-In-One Nutritional Shake, even better.
There are nutritional shakes and dietary supplements of all shapes and sizes out there on the market. Some are part of larger pyramid schemes, while others claim to offer a “get fit quick” fix. The first thing I love about Vega is there’s no scheming involved, nor does Vega offer empty promises of an overnight transformation of any kind.
Vega was founded by Brendan Brazier, a vegan, and former professional Ironman triathlete, who was driven by the desire for complete plant-based nutrition. As a result, Vega products are formulated with health and performance in mind. With Vega you get the real deal, absent of suspicious ingredients. You also get what you pay for—high quality products that go a long way. As someone who is anti-artificial and doesn’t buy into gimmicks, I consider these factors to be of the utmost importance.
I know I’ve sounded off quite frequently this summer about surviving the heat, but it’s certainly been a hot one. Thanks to Vega’s Fuel Your Better campaign, despite the heat, I’ve been able to improve my fueling regime this summer, and focus on asking myself a single question: “What’s holding you back from better?” Along with helping me answer this question and motivating me toward better fueling, the Fuel Your Better campaign has turned my liking of Vega products into a love. This summer, the focus of my Vega love has been on a three-part sustain package made up of Vega Sport products that hydrate and provide immediate energy.
I’ve been sipping on Vega Electrolyte Hydrator every single day this summer (running or not) and I don’t plan on stopping this practice. Not only have I welcomed my family on board drinking Hydrator with me, I’ve even been blending up Hydrator-infused smoothies to share.
It’s no secret that staying in any kind of groove during the sweltering summer months is something that’s been incredibly difficult for me this season. It’s been all I can do to survive the summer heat. Trekking back and forth across Florida while trying to get a number of dreams and schemes sorted out before fall arrives has not made things any easier. Instead, it has discombobulated my running regularity and any sort of routine I thought I would uphold this past month. Still, my running shoes have been going with me everywhere, and I have been making an effort to run in between thunderstorms. Each and every run has been a sweaty, tiring kick in the butt.
As the latter portion of summer blazes on, in an effort to keep on keeping on and hold myself a bit more accountable between now and the arrival of fall, I’ve developed a simple 8 Week Base Training Plan.
I am not what you would call a melon person. Yes, I said it. I hesitate ordering fruit salad as a side item when dining out because I know there is a 90 percent chance that it will be packed with honeydew or cantaloupe that is void of all color and freshness. Maybe some soggy pineapple if I’m lucky. While I’ll never appreciate melons that have become void of all color and taste, I’m slowly but surely growing to develop a liking for fresh melons, starting with one I already enjoy in small doses—watermelon. Although as a kid my watermelon intake was limited to pool parties, I’ve since learned to enjoy watermelon in cocktails and smoothies.
During the early part of this year, when I first started marathon training, I found myself struggling with proper fueling. Although at that point in time I had just kicked off my perfect oatmeal morning ritual, I had yet to develop a consistent regime for fueling before, during, or after runs.
Sure, I was drinking a reasonable amount of water, but I wasn’t taking any extra measures to replace electrolytes. As things heated up and the marathon rapidly approached, I found myself ending my long runs covered in salt, and feeling dehydrated and spent. Once I reached that point, no amount of water could revive me. Like many, I knew I could and should be fueling better, but I wasn’t taking the necessary strides.