I just ran a freaking marathon on rabbit food!!
I’ve changed my diet a million times over my five year running adventure and have struggled with finding the right mojo. I’ve tried low carb, paleo, high protein, you name it. I’ve failed miserably.
How hard can it be? If you run longer you simply eat more, right? Wrong! The more carbs I ate the more gastrointestinal upset I had. The cleaner I ate, the less energy I had to complete longer runs. I assumed balance was the key to most everything, maybe I just needed to find a way to balance my diet better.
Now for the average person revolving your diet around being a better runner seems absolutely crazy. And it can be maddening for my family at times no doubt. But, my family knows what we eat is not the only thing that revolves around running and that are all runners too. Don’t feel bad for them (too much).
Fast forward to the inspiration! I believe we have the ability to learn new things all the time. We just have to be open to the idea of possibility. If you live with the idea that “you could never” or “we don’t do it that way”; you may never cease that opportunity for growth or opportunity. Ah, Mr. Scott Jurek I would love to shake your hand. I read his Book, “Eat and Run” and it made me think about a whole new possibility.
In the book Scott (first name basis) talks about his transition from a meat eating diet to plant based running. His story completely derails the stereotypes of how an athletes should eat. His account of transitioning to a plant based diet seemed realistic and was so motivational I thought, “I can be a plant based runner, I want to be”! And then after I finished the book I thought I was crazy. Who just stops eating meat at thirty-right years old? Crazy!
But I couldn’t let the idea go. Scott talked about how his recovery was so much faster and how his energy increased and fatigue lessened during runs. This is what I had been looking for with all my diet changes. Why couldn’t I try it? What rule book says I can’t? I kept re-reading parts of the book and then I decided I was doing it. It was time to break this one to the family.
Major changes have growing pains and there were some. But, five weeks into my plant based diet I ran a successful trail marathon. I didn’t crash, I didn’t have any unusual fatigue or weakness. I felt pretty darn good for running 26 miles in the Texas heat. I actually felt better post race than I have any other. I felt the enhanced post race recovery Scott talked about. I actually went out to dinner and to a baseball game the evening of the run, willingly.
I’m well on my way to being a plant based runner. I, admittedly, thought the idea was half crazy but being called crazy is not something I’m afraid of anymore.
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to something you’ve never done.” —Thomas Jefferson