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BiPro Protein Water Launch VIP Event

I received free BiPro protein water and powder samples. All opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago, BiPro reached out about their new protein waters and I was able to check out their launch event last week at the new U.S. Bank Stadium. The building itself (to me), was kind of meh inside, but in the actual stadium, it’s gorgeous! ALL the natural light and the “newness” is pretty incredible.

The event was held in the Fire Club room, which had a nightclub-ish feel to it and the crowd was mostly fitness industry people.

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After I arrived, I was greeted by the BiPro communications folks and they brought me into the stadium and introduced me to pro runner Jordan Hasay and former pro Minnesota Viking Ben Leber!

I had mentioned in my back and forth with Erin that I was a fan of Jordan’s and she must have mentioned that to her, because Jordan asked if I was the “runner with the blog!” The three of us took a quick photo and talked about everything from recovery (both are fans of the Normatec system), to how much they sleep (Ben can’t function on less than seven hours and Jordan sleeps 10+ a night, plus a nap when she can!), making the NIKE Oregon Project newbies drink Gatorade protein drinks (which, I gathered, taste pretty terrible), cross training (Jordan can dead lift 2x her body weight. No lie. And Ben talked about football players getting more into yoga and pilates), and of course, how BiPro has played a big role in their nutrition and recovery.

It’s no secret that as part of the Nike Oregon Project under the coaching of Alberto Salazar, Jordan’s training is intense. She talked about how after turning pro, she was struggling with recovery after workouts and that she was initially very against the idea of taking a protein supplement of any kind. But after a lot of research and trial and error, she came across BiPro, and it’s made a significant impact on her ability to recover and nail her workouts. (Fun fact: Jordan eats somewhere in the ballpark of 5,000 calories each day and runs 10-12 miles in the morning and another 5-6 in the afternoon — amazing!) Ben also talked about trying numerous protein powders and shakes that were readily available when he was playing in the NFL, but all of them would upset his stomach. He finally found BiPro and started using it regularly after being impressed by its short ingredient list and the fact that it was easy on his stomach. He also talked about cooking with BiPro (pancakes are a favorite) and that his kids like it, too.

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Soon it was time for me to grab a seat and Ali Lucia from WCCO kicked off the panel discussion.

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While I listened to the panel, I sipped on some protein water mocktails that were being passed around (see below for some protein water recipes), and a lemon protein water.

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I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the waters! I like the peach flavor slightly more than the lemon and I love that one bottle has 20g of protein in it! The downside? They’re spendy. As part of the launch, I did notice that BiPro has introductory pricing and a free shipping/free cooler bag offer going on right now.

Quick notes about the other products I tried:

  • LOVE the strawberry protein powder and I don’t normally like strawberry-flavored stuff
  • Also love the chocolate. Because, well, chocolate.
  • Vanilla was my least favorite flavor — the stevia taste really came through.
  • I love that their protein has just a few ingredients and that it’s easy on my stomach
  • Like most protein powders, shakes taste better with almond milk than with water, IMO.

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Your turn to give it a try! Use my code BALANCEVIP for $10 off any order at BiPro!

ProTea = Lemon Lift or Peach Power protein water, 1-2 tsp. instant tea, ice

Protein Refresher = Lemon Lift or Peach Power protein water, sparkling water, ice

Berry Refresher = Lemon Lift or Peach Power protein water, crushed or finely chopped berries, sparking water, ice

Protein Water Shaved Ice = Blend ice cubes made from Lemon Lift or Peach Power protein water


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Whistlestop Half Marathon Training: Less Than Seven Weeks to Go!

Monday: 20 minute swim + legs/glutes

A week out of the pool and the remnants of a cold made this a bit rough, but I still saw improvement in the time it took me to complete my time — I’m getting faster!

Tuesday: 3.52 miles (9:35 pace) + abs

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That afternoon, I headed the new and shiny U.S. Bank Stadium for a VIP BiPro Protein Water launch event. It was cool to see the new stadium and the BiPro folks even introduced me to pro runner Jordan Hasay and former pro (and Minnesota Vikings) NFL player Ben Leber! They were super nice and it was fun to chat running, nutrition and recovery. I’m hoping to have an event recap (with a sweet discount code!) up tomorrow.

Wednesday: Arms/back + Jasyoga

Thursday: 3.18 miles (9:35 pace) + abs

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Tired after abs

Friday: Total body strength training

Saturday: 1.62 mile walk + abs

Probably should’ve gotten my run in on Saturday, but my hip and knee were bothering me so I took an extra rest day. And I knew I was going to be at the State Fair walking around a lot, so I didn’t want to overdo it.

The Dixie Chicks were amazing. I’ve loved them for forever and had given up on my dream of seeing them live, so I was thrilled when they announced their world tour, with a stop in MN!

On top of everything, we had the BEST SEATS EVER!

Photo credit: @mlswenson

Photo credit: @mlswenson

Since I’ll be going back to the fair with the fam, I kept my eating relatively under control while I was there — a Pronto Pup, some wine and a beer, some Chicago Mix popcorn and a salmon and shrimp slider (DELICIOUS), and I called it good.

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Sunday: 4.18 miles (10 min pace)

Oh boy, this was rough. I already knew I wasn’t going to run as far as I should, seven weeks out from a half because my hip was bothering me, but once I got out there, it was hard to even make it four miles! It was hot (I didn’t get out until around 2) and I obviously didn’t have enough water for a warm day (and all of the adult beverages the night before). My first mile was around 10:40 — I wanted to go out easy, but I couldn’t have gone faster if I wanted to. I did pick up the pace a little and finished my last mile in 9:45.

This week is all about continuing my strength training and coming up with a plan with my PT to get me through the half.

Have you been to the/a State Fair this year? What’d you eat?

I’m linking up today with Jess and Jess!


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My fall half marathon plans + Team MwM

I’ve already mentioned that I’m doing the Whistlestop Half Marathon in some social media posts and last week’s workout recap, but I still wanted to write a post about how I chose the race. I spent a good few days SUPER bummed about not getting into the TC 10 Mile and the quit feeling sorry for myself (because, really, there are much more important things to be upset about) and started looking into other fall races. Around the same time, I saw a video that Faith’s Lodge posted on Facebook about a non-profit organization, Miles with Maeve, that works with athletes to raise money to support families who’ve experienced infant or pregnancy loss. I reached out to the organization and Garrett (Maeve’s dad) got back to me right away with more information about them and how we could work together. Almost immediately I agreed to join the team and shortly after, decided on the Whistlestop Half Marathon in Ashland, WI. I set a fundraising goal of $1,000, with some of the funds going to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and some to Faith’s Lodge. Well, less than a week later, to my surprise, I surpassed my goal! That said, if you’d still like to donate, I’d be THRILLED to be able to donate even more to these amazing organizations.

Re:  The race — I was hoping to PR, but with my nagging hip issues, breaking two hours would be just fine and something I’d feel really good about. I just want to enjoy this race and am looking forward to a little getaway with Jesse!

After last weekend’s 5K, I came down with a wicked summer cold and it took all week to get over it. I didn’t run (or work out at all) until Saturday.In addition to running, I’m finally incorporating strength and stretching into my routine on a consistent basis. I’m still doing my Jasyoga every day and lifting and doing core work about 3x/week.

I was also sick on my birthday — BOO — but I still made the most of a nice date night with the husband:

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I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I had a bite (or two) of the birthday gelato they sent out — with a cute, handwritten card! Thanks, Italian Eatery!

Also, because I’m obsessed with how these turned out, here are a few shots from Calvin’s one-year photo shoot. Megan Grommes of Megan Crown Photography is incredible!

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Whistlestop Half Marathon: Week ???? (oh, and it’s my birthday today!)

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I’m linking up today with Jess and Jess!

 

 

I’ve mentioned it on social media, but I’m officially registered for the Whistlestop Half Marathon in Ashland, WI on October 15. I had hoped to get into the TC 10 Mile, but no such luck. I’m finally getting excited about Whistlestop though, and even though I’m sure I’ll be a bit jealous come TCM weekend, I’m looking forward to being a super spectator!

I’ve been dealing with setback after setback since Garry Bjorklund. After my hip, it was my hamstring and most recently, a bad summer cold/sore throat. But I’m working with Coach to train conservatively, I’ve been upping my cross training (oh, how I’ve missed the pool) and sticking with PT. Here’s what last week’s training looked like:

Monday: 20 minutes in the pool
Swimming after not swimming for awhile is quite humbling. Woof.
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Tuesday: 20 minutes easy (9:53 pace). No pain, but felt off balance. Went to PT and got new exercises.
Wednesday: 30 minutes (9:41 pace) followed by 20 minutes in the pool. Similar to Tuesday — no pain, but felt off balance through my hips.
Took my run indoors today

Took my run indoors today

 
Thursday: 20 minutes in the pool
I definitely could feel it in my arms — I probably wasn’t ready to swim two days in a row.
 
Friday: 20 minutes, (10:21 pace)
I decided to do daycare drop with off with the stroller to ensure an easy pace and it worked!
Saw this baby bird on my run today. Yay #nature

Saw this baby bird on my run today. Yay #nature

Saturday: Gopher to Badger 5K – 26:28, 8th in AG
Started out at around a 9:20-9:30 pace and picked it up every half mile, down to around 7:55 at the end. I felt good! Left hamstring was a little twinge-y, but felt good afterwards. I had a sore throat starting and that bothered me more than anything. Andrea also had a great race!

Coffee + carbs, post race

Coffee + carbs, post race

Sunday: 7.5 miles on my bike and 1.72 mile walk
Since I sold my road bike last year, I dusted off the ol’ Huffy and biked to Lake Nokomis to cheer on some friends at the YWCA Women’s Tri. It was a gorgeous day for it and was fun to see all of the athletes. It ALMOST made me want to do another tri 😉 I made it home just in time to see the first women finish the marathon.
Later that day, I rounded up the baby and the pup for a walk to see if it’d help Little C’s bad mood. And, it did!

This week’s focus is increasing my mileage again (slightly) and more cross training. Hoping for less humidity!