For a month now, I’ve been thinking about switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet. For my purpose I have become more and more aware of how much our diet affects how we feel and run. I am now more convinced that our body does not easily digest meat and can run a lot more efficiently if we give it simple but nutritious foods.
Scott Jurek is a living testimony of how effective a non-meat based diet is. In his case he is a vegan. As I have discussed in my past post, Scott is a seven time Western States 100 miles champion and a two time Badwater champion. Asides from his training, his diet is what helped him to get to where he is. He gives an in depth look at his journey into ultramarthoning in his book Eat and Run.
I am mainly writing this post to get your opinion. I am not a vegetarian, yet. I am curious about your diet. I guess my two biggest questions are, what is your diet? Do you believe it has worked for you or are you also looking for something that can improve your lifestyle and overall health?
The running experience has it’s ups and downs. There are many things we may love and some things we may strongly dislike about running. Here are my two biggest dislikes!!
1. The start. The start can be nerve-racking for many reasons. To me, the thought of having to get into rhythm is a dreadful process. Most importantly, you never know how you’re race will turn out, especially when you are racing the longer distances. A person can put in hours and hours into their workout but could have something as simple as a cramp stop them. Secondly, you never know if you are pushing it too much or if you’re not pushing it enough. This takes time. I get an idea of how my race will turn out about half way through it. Regardless of having a good race or not, I love the feeling that I’ve already set the pace and all I have left to do is focus on enjoying my time.
2. Regrets. Every runner has faced this at one point or another. We all have a goal in mind that we start off wanting to beat and at times those goals may have not been met. How we go about handling our regret is more important than pondering on how you could have ran your race. Whenever I have a bad race I use it as an opportunity to go harder the next time I run. Having a bad race here and there helps me look back on what I did wrong so that I don’t repeat them again. As cliche as it might sound, failure is essential to a runner’s success.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous post. A runner can do one of three things when they cross the finish line. They could, think back on how they could have performed better, regret their performance, or lay there on the floor knowing they gave it their all. So next time you run think about the end result. The pain is temporary but the feeling you get afterwads will last forever.
Is anything that you dislike about running?
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As fun as running is, it isn’t the easiest thing to drop your times by doing the same workout everyday. There are some that will recommend lifting weights or fitness videos. While those might be good suggestions, I find them to be boring and hard to commit to. I am a huge supporter of taking on an exercise routine that works different muscles that running would have otherwise have never used. My two top interest that I am perusing are rock climbing and Spartan racing.
One of my goals is to gain upper body strength. Rock climbing provides the best alternative for reaching those goals. The great thing about climbing is you do not have to schedule a set workout for different parts of your body. You can simply enjoy yourself, while not having to worry about working every muscle in your body. Another added benefit is you gain a skill that you wouldn’t have otherwise obtained by lifting weights.
For those who are like me and love to compete Spartan Racing is right up your alley. There are different levels, just like running the race goes from distances of 3 miles to 15+ miles. However what makes this fun is that there are obstacles throughout the race, like the one above. The obstacles range from rock climbing or swimming in freezing water. These activities will do a great job of making me a faster runner, while I am enjoying what I am doing. In the end I could take on whatever cross training routine but no matter what that may be I will still be a runner.
What are some of your cross training workouts? Do you find it’s helping you in your running?