I have been running for three years now and I absolutely love it. I run a little at a time and have really enjoyed participating in 5K’s. Two days ago, I decided that I want to get a running coach and train for a half marathon. I am both paralyzed with fear and ready to run out the door right now. I am not sure I can do this and absolutely sure I can do anything I decide to do. The fear feels as real as the possibility for success. Consuming a plant based diet has afforded me the opportunity to be completely in tune with my body for the first time in my life. I now feed it for success and joy and that feels wonderful. It seems that now is the time to achieve the goal that I have long aspired to accomplish.
In many of the veggie blogs, books and magazines I have been reading I have found that many vegans become distance runners and athletes. Part of me finds that odd while the other part thinks it makes perfect sense. Being in balance with your body and mind makes you want to spend time in your body and mind. I no longer want to escape into a bottle of Shiraz or spend the evening with a pack Marlboro Lights. I have become more of a sparkling water and kale type of girl and I like that.
One of the many examples of veggie athletes that I have found is the No Meat Athlete blog of Matt Frazier. Matt is an ultra marathoner, veg loving guy spreading the word that a plant based diet is the fuel you need to be a top athlete. He is dispelling the myths and misnomers and sharing the truth about plant based fuel with anyone that will listen. Matt has generously offered to send a No Meat Athlete shirt to one lucky Exploits birthday winner. Matt is also going to be a Guest Contributor very soon to share some of his successes and tips for being a No Meat Athlete.
More people seem to be recognizing that the old notion that only animal proteins are adequate fuel for an athlete is not only false, but could actually have adverse affects on their bodies. Are you a No Meat Athlete? Do you run half marathons or have an amazing pep talk or success to share with me? Have you also noticed the trend of veg athletes? Please share. I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a delicious day.
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