Vegan Running Update

Today is Day 4 of my month attempting to be vegan as part of a challenge with a colleague and my left knee hurts. Obviously, it has nothing to do with me running 15km on it while it was already sore yesterday so…IT’S THE FOOD! Hand me a steak. Now.

The challenge has been made remarkably easier by the fact that Pippa – having been forced to watch what was basically a vegan propaganda film last week, has more or less turned into a vegan warrior in the last 10 days. Thankfully too, I gave up dairy a few months ago due to, erm, digestive hiccups, so that’s not much of a shock to the system.

It’s taken us more time to plan dinners but, overall, it’s not too hard or expensive (so far…). I’ve had a few moments of sheer relief (e.g. finding out that dry pasta gets the vegan seal of approval) and a few moments of utter despair (most chocolate isn’t ok. I’m hoping there’s a loophole in there somewhere…). I’ve also been happily surprised to find a ton of books online about running on a plant-based diet (e.g. Scott Jurek’s “Eat & Run”). On top of that, two of the skinny beans who run in my club and are faster than me only munch on grass so it’s not like it’s impossible to be fast and meat-free.

A couple of weeks ago, I set myself a 5% / 5% target before my next race (gain 5% cadence / drop 5% weight) as I look towards ‘incremental gains’ so I’m hoping this will help a lot based on my fellow meat-shunning runners’ physiques! Let’s see how positive I’ll be in my next update. Right, off to eat raw carrots now.

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