Plantmade Protein Review – Jason Bahamundi

Plantmade Protein Powder For People Of Color

A couple of weeks ago on Instagram, the company Plantmade reached out to me to ask if I would be willing to test out their product. After checking out the site, I decided that I would give it a go. As with all of my reviews, I am going to be 100% honest and not hide anything from those of you reading and interested in making a purchase.

What Was The First Thing You Noticed On The Plantmade Website?

Their mission jumped out at me:

We are on a mission to redefine the relationship between people of color and the world of health & wellness. By leveraging a unique blend of CPG, Community, a Multi-Media Channel, & Unique Experiences, we seek to develop a safe space where people of color can heal, innovate, and discover true happiness.  

Our story is still being written…Thank you for being a part of it!

As a Puerto Rican endurance athlete who is focused on his health and wellness, that first sentence jumped off the page at me. I’ve mentioned it before in different places, but when I look at trail running magazines/websites, triathlon magazines/websites or stand at the starting line of a race I don’t see a lot of people like me. The two times I saw that the athletes around me, resembled my family and I, was when I was racing Ironman 70.3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Having a product that was geared toward people of color made me take notice.

Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico Triathlon Jason Bahamundi
I Love This Race Course And The Hospitality

Cut To The Chase……Was It Good?

The short and simple answer is yes. When I first opened the canister I could smell the vanilla. It had such a powerful and flowery punch that my hopes for it tasting great went straight up.

As background for my consumption of protein powders, you should know that I drink two smoothies made with Vega Sport Premium Protein per day as well as a rest and recovery shake, also made by Vega, about 30 minutes before bed, so I am no stranger to protein powders.

My first hope was that it wouldn’t be chalky and that fear subsided the moment I scooped out the first portion. I noticed that the powder itself was thin and I knew that the Vitamix would really blend it up well. After consuming that first shake, I was no longer scared that I’d be drinking the chalk tray from an elementary school.

So, we’ve got taste and smell going for us. We’ve got the lack of chalky-ness going for us, so what else would I want in a protein powder? The amount of calories and protein would be the next hurdle for me. One scoop of Plantmade has 120 calories and 21g of protein. We can check that box off as well. This is an excellent choice for protein powders.

You’ve Given Lots Of Praise, But What’s The Downside?

With my typical level of activity and intensity, I am consuming approximately 76g to 130g of protein per day. This is about 1.2g-2.0g per kg of body weight, and is what is approximated for a person as active as I am. With Vega and my normal diet, I am hitting that number regularly. With Plantmade, I’d probably have to go to a third shake which I am not ready or willing to do.

That being said, I can see myself adding the Vanilla flavored Plantmade to the Peanut Butter, Mocha or Berry Vega to enhance the flavor and still giving me the amount of protein that my body needs to function and repair itself.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a plant based protein powder that has excellent taste, blends well and provides and adequate amount of protein then click the link at the top of this review and make a purchase.

Plantmade Protein Powder For People Of Color

 

 

Wahl Deep-Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager Product Review – Jason Bahamundi

Deep-Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager Product Review Jason Bahamundi

Back in July, I was contacted by Wahl Wellness and Sport on Instagram and was asked if I would test out their product and provide a review. It was my pleasure to test out their product and in my typical fashion, it takes me about a month to use a product and test it out and ensure that the review I write is from having used the product multiple times and not just once and the exclaim that it’s the greatest ever or the worst ever.

The timing of the shipment could not have been better as it showed up at the end of July / beginning of August and was just about the time that I was over the idea of running the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee. For those of you that are unfamiliar, this virtual race was 630+ miles over the course of 4 months. At the time I was duped into registering by Susan Lacke I figured that running 150 miles per month (35-ish miles per week) was right in line with my current volume. What I didn’t take notice of was that I would mentally decide I’d had enough and want to get it over with. August became the month where I said, Fuck It and let’s get this thing over with as quickly as possible.

I went from running 35 miles per week to the following volume:

  • August 3-9: 46.4
  • August 10-16: 50.4
  • August 17-23: 53.8
  • August 24-30: 51.6

I was clearly looking to get this over with and get it over with quickly. As you can imagine, that type of volume is going to provide an opportunity for sore muscles, sore feet, sore ankles and just overall soreness. The Wahl Deep-Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager came in handy during that time. Here are my thoughts in the most simplest terms:

  • Pro: It works
  • Con: It has a cord

The model that they sent me comes with 4 attachments and I used each of them for specific reasons:

  • Flat Disc Head: I used this on my IT bands and Quads
  • Four-Finger Flex Head: I used this around my ankles and achilles
  • Acupoint Head: I used this on my calf
  • Deep Muscle Head: I used this on my calf, hamstrings and bottoms of my feet

I have used various TheraGuns in the past and the Wahl Massager can compete with them in terms of effectiveness. The massager does the things it was intended to do and having run 225 miles in August without any issues, I don’t need more proof to say it works. The various options come in handy when I was focused on various parts of my legs. I will warn you to be careful with the acupoint head as too much of a good thing can be ‘detrimental.’

Last weekend, I rode my bike on Friday and I suffered calf cramps from dehydration. I could feel muscle soreness in them on Saturday after riding 65+ miles (yes, I was that dehydrated that it caused the cramps to be that severe) and wanted to attack the problem quickly. The deep muscle head didn’t feel like it was getting the job done so I switched to the acupoint. I was pressing hard and using the various speeds of the massager for about 30 – 45 minutes. The next day on Sunday I could feel where I was applying the pressure and while not debilitating, it was noticeable. I ran with our usual Sunday StruggleBus crew and didn’t feel anything. I ran again on Monday and didn’t notice any soreness at all.

The one downside to the model that I received is that it has to be plugged in. This isn’t a huge problem because you should be sedentary while massaging your legs, but if I wanted to be in a different room, I’d have to unplug and then plug in a spot where I had room to lay down or a chair. Again, this is an inconvenience and nothing more. After all, the cord is 9 feet long. If the cord is a deal breaker for you, don’t worry they do have one that is cordless.

This month, during the #BahasECC swim challenge I will be swimming the equivalent of the English Channel or 21 miles so I’ll be testing out the massager on my back, neck, shoulder and arms. An update to this review will be posted after that challenge is complete.

 

Hoka One One Clifton Edge Review – Jason Bahamundi

Hoka One One Clifton Edge Shoe Review Jason Bahamundi

I have a handful of products to review in the upcoming weeks and I am going to start with the Hoka One One Clifton Edge and later this week I’ll review the Hoka One One Rincon and Rincon 2.

Let’s set the stage for this review and give you some background on me:

  • I’ve been running, exclusively, in the Hoka brand since the beginning. I’ve run in the Bondi B, Clayton, Clifton 1 and 2, Rapa Nui, Tracer, Mafate, Stinson road shoes as well as the SpeedGoat, Challenger ATR, Speed Instinct and Torrent trail shoes.
  • I am flat-footed and I heel strike.
  • I give shoes about 50 miles of usage to prove themselves before giving up on them.
  • I run between 1,500 and 1,700 miles per year and probably evenly between road and trail.

Here is the description of the Clifton Edge on the Hoka website:

The Clifton Edge is designed to help you feel like you can run forever. With a combination of responsive cushion and our softest, lightest foam yet, it features a snappy ride and unique heel geometry designed to provide a smooth impact and gliding sensation. Clifton Edge is a culmination of all our innovation to date. Step into the future.

 

FEATURES
  • Embossed TPU yarn delivers a premium finish with targeted support in the forefoot and eyerow
  • Padded collar delivers enhanced comfort at the ankle
  • New vertical pull tab for easy entry
  • Early-stage Meta-Rocker allows for a responsive ride
  • New high-resiliency foam offers a lightweight, springy take on signature HOKA cushioning and ride
  • Extended heel creates a softer landing and smoother transition from heel to toe
  • Rubberized EVA outsole delivers lightweight, wraparound midsole support with a snappy feel
Hoka One One Clifton Edge Shoe Review Jason Bahamundi Team Dirt and Vert
Do these shoes make my ankle look skinny?

Hoka One One Clifton Edge Review – Jason Bahamundi

Reading the features above, the first three bullet points are spot on. I noticed the upper was comfortable, the padded collar felt good and they were certainly easy to put on. I also took notice of the toebox feeling a bit roomier than most other Hoka models which was a nice surprise. That being said, the comfort on my foot was different from the comfort for my foot.

As I mentioned, I’ve been running in a Hoka shoe for years so I am no stranger to their models but this one didn’t feel right from the first few steps. Having just run almost 200 miles in the Rincon 1, I was expecting something similar but I was wrong.

The shoe felt very stiff on my feet. Every step felt like a 2×4 hitting the ground and then just rolling over to slap the pavement. Figuring that this was just the first few miles I decided to give them a shot and do my review after 50 miles which is what I would typically do. Each run felt the same with the feeling of my feet slapping the pavement. The only times I didn’t feel that was when I would focus on running faster  but that didn’t mean the impact wasn’t occurring.

After the first test run, my feet were OK, not great. After the 2nd run in them, my feet felt tender and sore. Then I ran a third time and I knew that something was not right.

At that point, I had put 15 miles into the shoe and after that last run with them I decided they weren’t the shoe for me. My feet hurt as did my ankles. This issue, even when the Clayton was getting scrutinized, never happened to me. I was in dull pain for nearly three days after my last run and I decided to exchange them for the Clifton 7.

The day after the last run in the Edge, I ran in the Rincon 2 and the ride was smooth despite feeling the dull pain in my feet from the day before. Having run over 1,000 miles in various Clifton models, I fully expected to not have any issues with this shoe but that just wasn’t the case. I wanted to like these and would have continued in them if not for the pain in my feet. That was the deal breaker as running shouldn’t be painful, at least not from your shoes.

Because I am only one person, I wanted to post the video review from Running Warehouse and provide you with additional reviews of the shoe. I’d also encourage you to read Hollie’s review of the Clifton Edge and then make the determination for yourself.

Also, before you buy or give up on them keep in mind what I mentioned earlier which is that I am flat-footed and heel strike when I run. If you have arches and are a mid-foot striker, maybe these shoes will not impact you the way they did for me.