Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vega Love

I've been using the Vega products for some time now and I love them so much I had to share with you all! I am completely obsessed with the nutritional shake and the performance products. I have a nutritional shake every morning for breakfast and sometimes at night for dinner or a snack. It's the best way to get greens, plant protein, omega 3's, fiber, antioxidants, probiotics, and vitamins in one tasty drink. I literally crave them now...maybe that's not normal but it's so dang tasty. ;) When I was in China it was incredibly hard to maintain a vegan diet and I pretty much lived off Vega shakes until we got to Shanghai where the menu selection was a little easier. 

For the marathon I used the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer drink (acai berry), Endurance gel (orange zest), and Recovery drink (berry). All come in individual packets so I could bring them along and just add water to get my shake on. Very excited because I can't handle the sugary gel and sports drinks. Thanks Mr Brazier!



Revive me please!

I'm trying the bars this weekend on my long run!

The Vanilla Chai and Chocolate nutritional shakes are DELISH!

XO-Tiff

Monday, May 28, 2012

Shangers

I absolutely LOVED Shanghai...it's an awesome city. This is a city I could live in for awhile. I wanted to share a few pic's from my (too) short time there. I need to go back-ASAP. Wow, I need WAY more vacation time.

I was a little banged up after the marathon but managed to throw on this yellow ensemble from J. Crew to brighten things up a bit. J. Crew linen sweater, shorts, Chloe flats, YSL bag, and Ray Ban sunglasses.

View of Pudong from the Bund

such a tourist...


Shopping at Xintiandi

Why yes, I would love an iced coffee with Soy. The good and the bad-you can get Starbucks everywhere!


Everywhere we went in Shanghai they were playing Kenny G (and mostly his Christmas album?)...this guy was giving a live concert from a hotel balcony. A little hilarious.

Don't interrupt the jazz...






Shanghai has it's share of crazies too...

BEST...and I mean BEST meal we had. Traditional Shanghainese food at 1221!

Looking a little busted after 10 hours of site seeing and walking around. Can you blame a girl!?
XO-Tiff

Friday, May 25, 2012

Am I speaking Chinese?

While touring around Beijing I quickly realized no-one could understand me...at all. Even the few words I knew in Chinese, no-one seamed to understand. Apparently I was not speaking Chinese. Beijing is an enormous city that I personally found to lack a bit in charm and character. However, we enjoyed spending time outside Beijing in Tianjin hitting local markets and being the only 'tourists' around. Here are some photo's of the local flare...

I love these linen sweaters from J. Crew right now. They have a bit of stretch so they don't wrinkle but are still light and airy-perfect for warm weather!



J. Crew linen sweater, J Brand cut-off jean shorts, and YSL Tribute bag.






Oh yeah, you know I had to take a ride in one of those rickshaws!


Everything is available at the local market...


Can I take you home...SO adorable.


Snails...Mmm.




Local fashion



  XO-Tiff

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hitting the Wall...

Wow, what a week! I just arrived home from a week in China and I can say that it was absolutely incredible. I went to run the Great Wall of China Marathon and it was one of the toughest things I've ever done. The marathon was BRUTAL! The physical and mental challenge is really intense and when you hit the wall for the second time during the race (yes, another 5,164 stairs) the term "hitting the wall" takes on a whole new meaning.

The 26.2 mile (42.2 km) course starts off with a 4 mile run up the mountain to get onto the wall. Once you're there, you enter the wall for 1.5 miles of extreme stairs. Once off the wall you're running through small villages, up/down yet another mountain (no one told me about this one), and then back to the wall at mile 21 for a little more torture. The last 4 miles are spent running down the hill you first came up and into the square for your finish. I have never been so excited to see a finish line, ever. Perhaps a little more training would have made the effort a little easier, although I'm not sure. :)




Inspection Day...it's mandatory to walk the entire wall route 2 days before the race. This is a nice perspective on the height!

On the inspection day we were bused up to the wall...on race day we run it.







Wall jam-up! This happened on race day as well!

A little steep, yeah...


Yingyang Square...the start/finish line

It's peaceful on race day morning.

Pre-race Vega Performance drink...getting excited.
I gave out 'I love NYC' wrist bands to the kids cheering us along the way!


We have no idea what we are getting into...

Terrain between villages...

Mile 22...I'm dying. Needed my Vega endurance gel STAT.


XO-Tiff