Happy Sunday evening, guys! What a beautiful weekend we’re just coming off… Although I’m not holding my breath that winter’s over, it felt like spring was here in Calgary all weekend. The sun was out, the temps were up – I think I even heard more birds chirping than usual! I got outside Saturday for a gorgeous run before heading out for a bachelorette party in the evening. (Side note for Calgarians or visitors: Did you know there’s a bowling alley under National?! Yikes – I gotta get out more. It rocked!) Before I ran, I tried out my X2Performance supplement and was curious to see if it really worked as I don’t have much experience using supplements of any kind. Recently I was asked to join #teamX2 as a brand ambassador for X2PERFORMANCE as part of a limited time, paid sponsorship, and I was eager to give it a shot after reading about it’s natural makeup and benefits (and alluding to it in last Friday’s post):
Timing: I took it about 30 minutes before my planned run, on an empty stomach as per the directions, but it ended up being about 1 hr 15 min before I got out the door for my run.
Effect: I’m not sure if it was the gorgeous sun and warm temperature that gave me a bounce in my step, but I bounded out of the house, eager to move and felt like I was flying the first few miles. I settled into a rhythm and slowed down some over the 8.5 miles, but still felt awesome! I knew I had some energy and endurance gains because I had only eaten breakfast that morning (2 small GF pancakes, and egg and half a banana) at about 10 am and it was 2:30 pm when I left. I know…bad runner. At any rate, although I could tell I was hungry (and realized I left fuel at home after I got out the door), I still finished the run no problem!
Physical Feelings: I experienced no ill effects, upset stomach or uneasiness during or post-exercise and while I felt like the drink amped me up, I had no jittery feelings. I’m looking forward to trying the rest of my sample and reporting more to you guys as a member of #teamX2! 1 sample test tube down, 3 to go! Disclosure: I received samples of X2PERFORMANCE as part of a paid campaign. While I was compensated, all opinions are 100% mine and I am not obligated to share a positive review. “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.”
If you’d like to try out a sample yourself, head over to X2PERFORMANCE and check them out! I’d love to hear your feedback too.
Besides going for a fun run, what’s another great thing to do on the weekend? Go out to eat! Mikey and I are making it a goal to go out more…which sounds funny, but we rarely get out and try new places. So we took advantage of joining in The Big Taste – a week of foodie restaurants creating set menus at great prices to try out their food! Check out the link above for more details and participating restaurants! We ate at Market, where their:
…fresh ingredient philosophy starts in our kitchen, where we bake our own breads daily, cure our own meats, do our own butchering, make our own cheese and grow our own herbs, micro greens and select vegetables. MARKET is the first restaurant in Calgary to use an internal home garden, the Urban Cultivator, where we can grow more than 16 different varieties of heirloom seeds year round. We change our menu regularly so we can cook in harmony with the changing seasons and ensure the freshest and best tasting ingredients possible.
Pretty cool, right? The food was great! I had the kale ceasar salad with the fried chicken sandwich on soft ciabatta bread while Mikey had the winter squash soup with the bison burger. Both meals came with very homemade, fresh fries, a spiced ketchup and we washed it down with a French press coffee, black (for me) and root beer soda made on site (for Mikey). There were 2 baby apple turnovers each as dessert, and we each brought food home for another meal! It’s been a wonderful rest day full of relaxing, strolling around town, church (although admittedly a bit late with the time change) and now we’re off to a $5 movie at the cheap theater – “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” It’s an action fun movie – don’t expect any kind of review for this one, just meeting some friends out to close off the weekend!
Tried any supplements you swear by?
Any fun events going on in your town?
Who else is excited for lighter, longer days?!
Live well & be well, and catch you guys on the flip side,