Sunday, November 20, 2011

Collagen Sport giveaway!

Today I have a giveaway and product review for you!

Recently I was sent some Neocell Collagen Sport Whey Isolate Complex. It is a drink powder sold for athletes to "Refuel, Recover, Regenerate and Replenish". One of Neocell's sponsored athletes is Russ Jones, who is a triathlete, USAT nationally ranked #1 Triathlete in the 50-54 age group, an Olympic trials marathon qualifier, a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, and an all-around pretty impressive guy. :)

Here is some info about  Neocell Collagen Sport -
  • 15 grams Pure Ion-Exchange Whey Protein Isolate
  • 15 grams Super Collagen™ Bioavailable Peptides
  • Rich in BCAAs
  • Good source of L-Glutamine
  • Enhanced with Exogenous Amino Acids
  • Multi-vitamin Fortification
  • Doctor Formulated 
  • Gluten, Wheat, Sugar & Lactose Free
  • No Artificial Sweeteners or Flavors
  • No Fillers or Synthetic Ingredients
I have never taken any type of supplement before, other than a multivitamin, and I wasn't really looking to add a supplement to my exercise diet and routine. (I am not big on "taking" stuff. I almost never even take a Tylenol.) But I was contacted by Neocell right after reading (again) about the importance of refueling and getting the right nutrients into your body within 30 minutes of exercising. That is something I had NOT been doing a very good job at.

My package from Neocell came while I was in NY and being honest, when I looked at it I wasn't sure if I was going to use it. Josh's mom was here and I gave her the belgian chocolate flavor and the french vanilla sat on my counter for a few more days. Then I read yet again about the importance of refueling after a run. I read in detail about Neocell's Collagen Sport and decided to give it a try.

The directions say to mix one or two big scoops into 6-8 ounces of water or milk (and there are also directions to use it in smoothies). I put one big scoop in probably about 8-10 ounces of cold water. I shook it up in my water bottle and was impressed with how quickly and easily it mixed. I only had to shake it for a short period of time and there were no clumps at all (no fancy mixer or shaker bottle required).

I was also impressed with the taste. The vanilla taste was very yummy, there was no grainy texture at all, and it was sweet without being overly sweet (and I love that there are no artificial sweeteners of flavors because I am sensitive to the artificial sweeteners). I imagine the belgian chocolate is super yummy!

For the last week now I have been using Neocell Collagen Sport. I have finished my runs, made and drank a bottle (using probably 12-16 ounces of water and one scoop, which is weaker than what they recommend but works for me), and then gone and done my stretching, rolling, playing with Noah routine on the living room floor, and then finally getting some breakfast.

I have been really, really happy with this product. I have been so happy with it that I am actually going to order more, which is something I have not done with any other drink/supplement I have been sent or have tried.  It has not upset my super sensitive stomach, it tastes great, it mixes easily, it has kept me feeling full longer in between breakfast and lunch, and I am finally refueling like I am supposed to.

It is hard to say after just a week how my muscles are benefiting, but I can say that I ran 60 miles last week including one tough speed work out, and I also started my new strength training routine twice a week and my new core strength routine three times a week, and my body feels really good and muscle soreness has been very short-lived. Since I am now a girl with a plan and am trying to "step up" my training, I want to make sure I am giving my body all that it needs. I plan on sticking with Neocell Collagen Sport for awhile and seeing how it works for me. I will keep you posted!

Neocell wants to give  one of you the chance to try Collagen Sport too!

One winner will win their choice of a container of Neocell Collagen Sport in either the Belgian Chocolate Flavor or the French Vanilla Flavor, 15 serving size container (a $29.95 value).

To enter -
Leave a comment saying you would like to enter and which flavor you would choose.

For bonus entries (leave one comment for each please)

- Go to the Collagen Sport Facebook page, like them, and tell them See Mom Run Far sent you.
- Tweet " I want to win Collagen Sport from @SeeMomRunFar and @NeoCellSport"
- Leave a comment here telling me what you currently do to refuel after your runs

I will use to draw a winner from all entries on Saturday, November 26. Good luck!

***FTC requires that I tell you that this product was given to me free of charge for the purpose of review/giving away by Neocell. That said, thoughts/reviews shared on the product are my  honest opinion.***


stephanie said...

i want to enter!

stephanie said...

i currently drink chcolate milk to recover after running if I dont eat right after

stephanie said...

i liked them on facebook

Elle said...

Yes, would love to enter. I am in the market for some new protein poweder right now. Awesome.

I would go for the vanilla - I think it is more 'usable'.

Elle said...

After runs I try to have some protein and always a banana... so it is often a banana smoothie with pb or milk. Today it was chocolate milk whizzed with a banana.

Elle said...

I tweeted.

Loved your review, BTW.

Jodi said...

Great review! I too am like you- kind of sketchy when it comes to taking stuff- even multivitamins! It's good to know this didn't mess with your tummy.:-)
Currently, I am just getting my groove back on the running I'm considering it like a "start over"... Meaning making better choices now. Chocolate milk has been a good thing for me, as well as homeopathic Arnica. I know, sounds goofy, but it works for me! So, I would love the chocolate version of this. Thanks again and great blog ! Always inspiring!:-)

Jen said...

I would like vanilla as I am picky on m y chocolate

Jen said...

Tweeted about it @runnermaybe

Jen said...

like them on FB

Jen said...

I used to do a lot of portien shakes to refuel, lately I have been eating a meal....chicken and veggies as soon as I can to refuel.

Amy H said...

I would like to enter. I would choose French Vanilla

Amy H said...

I currently drink Muscle Milk Light after a tough workout.

sarah said...

I'd like to enter! I would love to try the vanilla flavor.

sarah said...

I am not good about consistantly refueling after runs - but when I remember to, it's usually coconut milk and peanutbutter toast.

Ms.Watts said...

Dark chocolate almond milk.Delicious!

Amy said...

I would love to try the chocolate!
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Amy said...

I usually just worry about refueling if I'm doing a long run...I usually just drink choc milk

Lacey Sue said...

I want to enter!!! I would love to try the Vanilla!

Lacey Sue said...

I liked them on facebook as well :)!

Jill said...

I would like to enter and would like to try the chocolate flavor.

Jill said...

If I do my long run in the early morning I usually refuel with a breakfast of eggs, toast or cereal, a fruit, plus a glass of milk. If I don't refuel soon after a long run, I feel tired and sluggish.

Cheryl said...

I would love to try the Belgian chocolate!

wendy said...

i'd love to try the vanilla!

Natalie R. said...

Hi Erin:

I checked out Collagen Sport FB page and liked them. Looks interesting. I am a chocolate person all the way, love to try that. Currently, I drink chocolate milk right after a long or hard run, and then I stretch, roll and about 30 minutes later eat oatmeal/cream of wheat with PB or almond butter and some kind of fruit.

Beth said...

I want to enter. Both flavors sound great. I would like to try the vanilla.