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5 Attainable Tips for Better Running

This post gives you 5 tips for better running!

HEY GUYS!

It’s been a while since I’ve given you a short + sweet + fresh piece of writing directly from my dome + head + noggin. I have been witnessing how impactful good form and lifting weights have been on my running routine and am inspired to share. Ready, set…BLAST OFF!

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  1. Lift weights! (The singlemost important)

  2. Shove Those Hips Forward

  3. Run With Your Muscles (think: shock absorbers)

  4. Knees Up

  5. Breathe Efficiently + Rhythmically (deep + full breaths + in through your nose + out through your mouth)

…and remember: we’ve got this one body for all of time. Enjoy the opportunity to take it for a spin!

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Vital Proteins Marine Collagen + Collagen Peptides Review!

This is a review of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides & Marine Collagen.

Vital Proteins

Overall Rating: 5-stars

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Collagen Peptides

About:

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides to ensure a natural, high quality, and sustainable source of this ancient nutrient. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body ensuring the health and vitality of your skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints.** These natural peptides are highly bio-available, digestible and soluble in cold or hot liquids.

Uses:

    • Stir into water, fruit juice, or other beverages
    • Add to smoothies as protein booster
    • Mix with oatmeal, soups, or sauces
    • For fresh ideas and recipes visit our collagen recipe blog.

Marine Collagen

About:

    • Marine Collagen, Wild-Caught, Non-GMO Project Verified
    • From fresh wild-caught snapper
    • Non-GMO Project Verified
    • Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
    • Supports joint health
    • Natural glycine promotes healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous systems
    • 24 servings per container

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My Experience:

It’s a been a while since I began my stokageness surrounding protein. However, developing an interest and focus on getting collagen in my diet is brand new. The word collagen has been on my radar for a while. Just like any emerging word in the nutrition world, I had to sort the nonsense from the real. sense. Turns out, collagen is the real deal, and the benefits reach much further than the beauty perks.

Here’s what it is: you body needs three macronutrients in order to healthfully and effectively carry out all necessary bodily functions. These three macronutrients are carbohydrates + fat + protein.

Protein plays an integral role in helping your body to repair, rebuild and rejuvenate (even at the cellular level. Collagen is key in strengthening your integumentary system (hair + skin + nails) and also forms the foundation for repairing connective tissue (ligaments + tendons + bones). Soo, it’s a big deal.

I find that my body responds well to a diet in which I intentionally aim for 40/30/30, meaning 40% fat, 30% carbs and 30% protein. Some of my protein comes from fish, chicken and occasionally beef, but I habitually have a protein recovery shake after workouts to aid my body in repairing itself (thus, growing, thus making me more able to do harder workouts).

I’ve been using the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides  and Marine Collagen interchangeably for the last several weeks and I completely and utterly love them. Not only does my daily recovery feel great (I’ve even helped myself back from a herniated disk back injury), but my skin and hair feel healthier + stronger than they ever have.

I use two scoops combined with some nut milk or juice in a blender bottle after a workout. I found that a blender bottle is best for taking this collagen in a cold drink to go. If you don’t have a way to shake it up, it will “gel”, as they explain on their website. It’s no problem with a shaker bottle. I’ve also seen Shut the Kale Up” mix hers with hot coffee. Right on!

If there’s one dietary tweak that has made the biggest impact on how healthy I feel + how healthy my body looks, it’s been making sure I am getting enough high quality protein to help my body rebuild. When I am not on my protein game, I’m not my best. This I know. I commend Vital Proteins for their commitment to non-gmo. I would imagine that what makes an organic certification tricky for beef and fish products is all of the variables. I’d guess the cattle’s food intake could be controlled, but not for the fish.

It does appear like Vital Proteins is very forward thinking in how they are sourcing for their products. It would be insightful to learn more about how one successfully creates a beef-based collagen product and insure’s that it’s away from pesticides and herbicides. I couldn’t find this exact information on the Vital Proteins website, but I enjoyed reading about how the wild-caught snapper are sustainably harvested and the cattle are grass-fed in Brazil, and that is still the norm there.

I’d love to know more about YOUR experience with collagen!

Garden of Life Magnesium and Plant Collagen Builder Review

Garden of Life

This is a review of the Garden of Life magnesium and plant collagen supplements.

Overall Rating: 5-stars

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Plant Collagen Builder:

  • “2,500mg Whole Food Biotin from Organic Sesbania
  • 10mg Whole Food Silica from Organic Bamboo
  • Antioxidants from Organic Pomegranate, Turmeric, Amla, Green & Rooibos Tea
  • Made from over 30 Certified USDA Organic Whole Foods from Organic Farms

Why mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder

There are many collagen products on the market, but mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, made only from organic plant foods—and can build the body’s own natural production of collagen.†

You can’t build collagen by eating collagen. Collagen is a protein that is broken down by the digestive system. What you can do is feed your body the necessary co-nutrients needed for building collagen, such as those found in Organic Plant Collagen Builder.

Made from over 30 real, nutritious organic, family-farmed whole foods, with specifically chosen ingredients to help support the body’s own collagen production—Organic Plant Collagen Builder can help restore and maintain youthful levels of collagen, keratin and elastin—three proteins which promote the body’s healthy, natural glow!†

Organic Plant Collagen Builder contains Silica from Certified Organic All Natural Bamboo Extract which is a key co-nutrient for collagen production.  Also included is High Polypenolic Pomegranate to support skin health and protection from UV damage.† Organic Rooibus and Organic Green Tea are known to fight free radicals which can support healthy, glowing skin, healthy teeth and bones.† Then there’s “beauty-boosting Biotin” to support healthy hair, skin and nails.

  • Supports Beautiful Hair, Skin and Nails†
  • Helps Restore and Maintain Youthful Levels of Collagen, Keratin and Elastin†
  • Supports the Body’s Healthy, Natural Glow†

For beautiful hair, skin and nails, Organic Plant Collagen Builder is made only from organic plant foods that can build the body’s own natural production of collagen.†”

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Magnesium Powder

“Magnesium is important.

It’s found in every cell, it’s the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it’s necessary in over 300 reactions within the body. 

But unfortunately, most modern farming practices have led to soil depletion of minerals including magnesium. This, combined with a lack of fresh foods, the consumption of a highly processed diet and other contributing factors, is why dietary intakes for most have diminished significantly.

Well, we’ve got good news for you! Garden of Life is excited to introduce its newest extension to our best-selling Dr. Formulated Probiotics line: Magnesium Relax & Restore.

Dr. Formulated Magnesium Relax & Restore is the first-ever whole food organic pea protein magnesium chelate created with USA-grown organic peas. This delicious, fizzy drink is formulated to help calm and relax you, leading to a good night’s sleep while restoring your body’s optimal magnesium levels. † It also features a dose of live probiotics to support healthy digestion.

While everyone needs magnesium, those who will benefit most from Relax & Restore are people who are looking to relax, de-stress, sleep better, improve mood and combat fatigue.

Relax & Restore is available in three flavors: Original (unflavored), Orange Creamsicle and Raspberry Lemon. So, what’s the best way to take it? We recommend adding one serving to 8 ounces of room temperature water. Let it fizz, stir well and enjoy!

We could all benefit from a little relaxation and restoration.”

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My Experience:

Collagen is a word that I hear every day working at a juice shop + clean eats haven. It’s a large part of the beneficial properties that make up bone broth. Collagen promotes muscle and joint health as well as the vitality of hair, skin and nails–making it a beauty regimen go-to for many women.

Of course of course of course, Garden of Life came out with a super-powered plant based version of this supplement, made by harnessing specific plant compounds that boost collagen production in the body. Best I can tell, this product is EXCELLENT in regards to quality, which I’ve come to expect from Garden of Life.

My hair and skin feels healthier than it’s ever been. With this supplement being a part of my routine, I’ve got to think that it’s played a role.

I was medium excited about the collagen, but large excited about the magnesium powder. I have seemed magnesium powder in the past from different brands to help alleviate these problems:

-painful menstrual cramps

-difficulty sleeping (restlessness mostly due to exercise-induced soreness)

-hormone balancing

-overall health and organ function

Because I never have had to question Garden of Life’s quality, I was amped to see that they came out with a magnesium powder. I immediately switched from the brand I was using. I’ve found that it has helped my boyfriend and I both sleep better and more soundly–I’ve also found that my overall energy level is higher and my cycles more seamless. I definitely plan on restocking when we are out.

Swiftwick Socks Review

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Swiftwick

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Swiftwick:

“The ASPIRE™ Line is thin and light for serious runners and cyclists, yet still perfect for athletes of any sport. Our Managed Compression™ prevents bunching and hot spots by supporting all 3 arches in the foot. Our Linked-Toe technology prevents blisters by eliminating bunching in the toe-box. The result is a sock designed to fit your feet perfectly while helping you do what moves you.”

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My Thoughts:

I don’t normally get this excited about a single pair of socks, but let-me-tell-you. These socks are a DREAM runner’s sock. They feel like a light layer of second skin. They don’t rub, catch or gather in any of the wrong spots. They truly feel like they were made for my unique foot.

My second toes are longer than my big toes–which sometimes is an issue with socks. That’s not the case with these Swiftwick socks, though. They are flexible and forgiving for the unique shape and length of my toe box. I also love (and find it very unique) that Swiftwick offers socks with so many different varying ankle heights. This is so smart. I find that I sometimes like the look of a low-rise ankle sock, but don’t find it practical for long runs, as my achilles ends up exposed after several miles. The “one” height is the perfect height for my outdoor ventures and workouts.

I’m not sure what else to share about them without sounding redundantly positive. I LOVE these socks. I need more pairs because I find myself doing a tiny load of laundry just to have these socks clean for the next day’s run.

Skora Fit Training & Running Shoe Review

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Skora Fit

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About the Skora Fit:

“The human foot was designed for action – footwear shouldn’t get in the way. Whether upping your mileage or putting in time at the gym, FIT is designed for comfort, speed and agility. Train naturally, without sacrificing cushioning and protection.

  • Medium cushioned midsole provides ample cushioning
  • Zero-drop construction lets the foot move naturally
  • High abrasion rubber optimizes durability
  • Anatomical fit matches the foot’s shape
  • Seamless air mesh upper provides sock-like fit
  • Antimicrobial insole helps fight odor

Specs:

  • REALFIT™ last
  • Stretch air mesh upper
  • 3D printed dynamic support pattern
  • Asymmetric lacing
  • Compression Molded EVA midsole
  • High abrasion HD Rubber outsole
  • 0mm heel-to-toe differential
  • 16mm forefoot/16mm heel stack height.”

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My Thoughts:

My first thoughts upon discovering Skora were that this is a brand, who at it’s core, truly have a passionate for movement, a passion for running and a passion for doing those two things in a more primal and minimalist type of way.

The Skora Fits that I have been wearing are categorized on their site as “training” shoes. To me, this means they are perfect for cross training. They can cater to a running habit or other practices like bike riding, crossfit & resistance training.

I started wearing these shoes on the heels of my first marathon and was open to trying a new shoe and giving it a fair chance. I also do some kettle bell work in combination with my running–so I wanted a shoe that would cater to both. My favorite thing about these shoes is that they let your feet be feet. There is no massive sole on the bottom of them. To me, that is the quickest route to injury and discomfort. I believe the feet were built with an arch for a reason. They are made to withstand weight from above without the need of support from below.

That said, different people & different runners get accustomed to different shoe profiles. Their muscles and gait slightly adapt to the thickness of their soles. These shoes (with a zero-drop, meaning the soles are fairly thin) were not a hard transition for me because I typically wear semi-minimalist shoes. I would imagine that someone using thick-soled shoes for runs and workouts would need a bit of a transition period before they felt comfortable in these shoes.

For me, they were awesome! I always look forward to wearing my Skora Fits. Not only do they feel like a dream, but they are vibrant and fun. Post-marathon training, I have slowed my running down to about 20 miles a week–with more strength and resistance training. These shoes work perfect for that mileage, and I’m sure they would continue to feel great on longer runs.

I have nothing but positive things to say about Skora. Their interaction with my has been gracious and pleasant–and their posts on social media are always inspiring me to run with more gusto.