Continuing with my Reach the Beach training, I geared up properly for a long run this past Sunday. Typically my long run is done on Saturday but with my Junior League meeting, I decided to push it back a day. When I first woke up, I decided to try the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer drink. It tasted like a lemon like sports drink and tasted fine. Lemon Lime is not my go-to choice of flavors. I also had a G Series Fit Prime bar. I haven’t had one of those since my Urbanathlon training days. It tasted better than I remembered. I rolled out a bit on my foam roller and then hit the Charles River.
I’m not sure if it was the new Katy Perry single that I purchased, the Vega Sport or the G Series Fit Prime bar but I felt great during my entire run. It flew by really, which has not been happening lately. My legs felt light, I had bounce in my step and wanted to go further but had plans. When I got back, I tried out a new supplement from the JCORE Body series. It’s a post workout powder that has just over 100 calories per serving, including 5 g of protein. I mixed it with just water.
After my first sip, I was immediately brought back to my days as a kid, standing in line at the ice cream truck in the beach parking lot. This stuff tastes just like a screwball! This was my absolute go-to as a little girl and I can’t believe I get to drink one now after a workout! I’m going to try freezing it in ice cubes and then putting three of them in a blender with almond milk to see if I can create a post workout screwball!
I also had one of my post workout high protein, low cal granola bars. It tasted almost better the second day I think.
Do you really need pre and post workout meals? I’ve spoken about this before and in order to get the most out of your efforts in the gym, a post workout snack or meal is ideal within thirty minutes of finishing. For me, protein powder and water does not taste the best. I like to add milk and fruit. However, if I workout at the gym and shower, I will not have anything which is not good. That is why I made my granola bars as seen above, and now am excited to use the JCore Body Post Workout Drink Mix. If you don’t consume anything to help repair the muscles that you just worked, you will not see results as fast. Ideally you want a 3:1 carb to protein ratio for your post workout meal.
As for my pre-workout snack, I don’t always have one. I usually do not unless its first thing in the morning. I like to consume simple carbohydrates like 1/2 a banana or some mango to instantly fuel my body. Simple carbs are quicker to digest, allowing for quicker energy in the morning. That is the same principle behind the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer. This way, you do not have to wake up 30 minutes early to eat breakfast before you workout.