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What Being Injured Is Giving Me

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I have to say that one thing being injured can give you is a lot of time to think. Sometimes this is a good thing - sometimes not so much. This year has been a tough one for me when it comes to injuries. The 5 month and counting hip injury really put a damper on my fitness goals this year. Then I got staph as soon as I was cleared to run. That set me back. Then the hip got super angry again, and now this (When Life Throws You A Curveball)

It's July ya'll, and I have only had a few weeks here and there this year of running consistently. It's been my worst year to date to deal with such issues. And mentally I was finally ready to run races. I had registered for both the Harrisburg and Hershey half this year. Well, we all know that's not going to happen. I'm still hobbling around in a boot. Thankfully, I was able to transfer those bibs through the registration system.

But, lately I couldn't help but wonder where does this leav…

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It's no secretly lately that I like my Mocha Latte. I've been having an afternoon treat to help keep the sugar cravings away (yes, I know the latte contains sugar ;) but it does help me from just eating sugar all afternoon and evening

But I wanted to share with you an alternative to that Mocha Latte. I haven't been making a daily swap, but I do occasionally swap out my coffee or mocha for an Amino Energy Drink from Optimum Nutrition 



I tried the iced cafe vanilla flavor. And no, it doesn't taste as good as my mocha latte, but... it does have some essential amino acids which I know my body can benefit from .... especially on hard workout days. And I did enjoy the taste.


I am sensitive to caffeine, so I only used 1 scoop which is 5 calories. The serving size is 2 scoops, but I knew that would possibly give me the jitters. Also, it suggests not drinking any other caffeine during the day. And I didn't want to overdo it since I usually have a cup of green tea or coffee. Two scoops contain 100g of caffeine and 5g of amino acids.

I have found that using amino acids can help with soreness after a workout. Like I said, I don't take them regularly, but I do use them from time to time. And instead of taking a pill (which I usually do) this was a nice way to get my amino acids plus a pick me up.

Overall, if you take supplements, this is worth looking into. It doesn't contain protein; so this isn't a protein supplement. Instead, this is amino acids with caffeine (mainly from green tea and green coffee).

I always feel that you should eat your nutrients, but for those times that you can't, I'm not opposed to supplements.

I am giving away a container for one of you to try. Simply enter the giveaway below.

You can check out Optimum Nutrition Essential Energy here.




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