We are back on the blog with another weekly workout recap. How are you guys liking these posts? Should I continue them? Let me know what you think!
We will rewind to last weekend to start off the recap. Saturday the 13th was my first weekend long run with my run club. I checked the weather before I left (we met up at a nature park about 20 minutes away from my house), and packed a couple extra jackets in case it started to rain. It was a good thing I did, because it was drizzly rain the whole day!
Tomorrow is a rest day, and Sunday is another RACE DAY! It’s the Cobble Hill 10km, so look forward to a race recap on Monday! Last year it poured and poured, so fingers crossed it stays clear. If not, well. What do you do but get it done!?
Happy Friday, friends!
I thought it would be fun to show you what a week in workouts looks like for me. I know I share a lot about all things running, but I actually do other things too, I swear!
I am undecided if this will be a weekly thing, but you guys enjoy seeing content like this let me know and I will try my best to do it more often!
Let’s kick things off!
Saturday, January 6th: Took the dogs out for a 2km walk on a trail loop near our house. I usually run long on Saturday, but I raced on Sunday as you guys know!
One of my goals this year is to either strength train or cross train 2-3x per week. It doesn’t have to be a long session by any means, but something to help complement my running and make me a stronger runner overall. Uhhh unfortunately I did not get to three, or even two for that matter, but I did some hip strengthening work after my run on Wednesday evening!
Now, onto this whole 40 | 80 thing!
This year I am participating in a challenge hosted by Lululemon and Strava. If you aren’t familiar with Strava, it is an app where you can track your running, plan routes ahead of time, and join different challenges. I remember seeing so many people online posting about how much fun this challenge was, so when it popped up again in the New Year I decided I would give it a go.
So, between January 1st and 15th your challenge is to log either 40 or 80 kilometres. You can pick which distance you want, but you cannot do any treadmill runs or anything that keeps you in one place. For example, spin class would not count. You must be using the app during the challenge as manual entries do not count, and as a bonus they have some kind of prize at the end. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I have until Monday at midnight to finish the challenge before I can find out about what we earn!
I think challenges like these are a fun way to kick off the New Year on a healthy note. Fortunately my run club has helped me get in some kilometres, and I’ll be sure to share with you all what the reward is at the end!
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been using this protein powder for a while now. I wanted to give you guys a review of how I am liking it so far, how I’ve been using it, and a new smoothie recipe that includes this protein powder.
First off, I want to say that you do not need supplements in your diet every single day. For me, this is something I use to enhance my smoothies, as I believe it is important to include some kind of protein in a smoothie if you are using it for a meal replacement. Smoothies are an excellent way to get in a ton of fruits & veggies all in one swoop, but you can use protein powder in a post-workout shake mixed with water or milk of your choice if you are not a fan of “liquid meals.” That being said, I am quite happy with this protein powder and how it has been making me feel over the last week and a bit, so let’s get into it!
I picked this up from Costco for $39.99. It is a 1.02kg container and includes 34 servings. This breaks down to $1.17 per serving. I picked up the vanilla bean flavour, though it also comes in chocolate. Leanfit Complete Green protein powder is a plant based protein powder that is GMO free, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. It contains 20% of your daily fibre intake and is perfect for those who are vegetarian and vegan, or those who may have allergies to things like soy, dairy, and gluten. I was drawn to this because I felt like whey protein did not agree with my stomach and made me feel heavy and bloated after drinking a whey protein shake (yes, the isolate whey, too!).
This contains a blend of pea, hemp, flaxseed, brown ride, and chia seed protein. It is sweetened with stevia and does not contain any weird fillers or ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Bonus: it only contains 1 gram of sugar and has 19 grams of protein per serving. It contains essential amino acids to aid in muscle recovery and repair, and also has 100mg of potassium and 35% of your daily iron intake in one scoop (which is a 30g serving).
So, how have I been using it?
The first time I used this protein powder was in a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and almond butter. This was like a blueberry dessert bowl! It was super tasty, but I also wanted to try it blended into a smoothie. I must say, the smoothie is my favourite way to use it! Last week I had a smoothie almost every morning for breakfast, and I felt satiated until lunch time rolled around at work.
Here is my go-to smoothie recipe:
Vanilla Berry Protein Smoothie:
1 1/2 cashew (or almond) milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp spirulina/chlorella (optional: I buy mine as a blend)
1 tsp maca powder (also optional but is good for balancing hormones & increasing energy naturally)
1 tbsp chia seeds (for healthy fats and fibre)
1 scoop Leanfit Complete Green plant-based protein powder in vanilla bean
As much spinach and greens as you can fit!
Blend, blend, blend until smooth and enjoy!
If you are in the market for a plant-based protein powder, I would highly recommend this one. Next I would like to try the chocolate flavour and see how it compares. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate? Again, I found this at my local Costco but I’m sure you can find it online : )
What is YOUR favourite protein powder? Any that I should try?