The world’s biggest sports retailer, and home to the award-winning running brand, Kalenji.
Shop the UK’s largest online wardrobe, with free delivery and free 100 day returns.
*HALF PRICE Sale now on*
Best Deals, Cheapest Prices. SAVE an extra 10% with promotional code BUG10.
15% off running shoes (Online exclusive). For knowledgeable running advice then visit our stores to take advantage of Christmas offers
In the 'olden days' diet was not so important as it seems to be now. (I have been a vegetarian for the last 57 years) Looking through the runner diet info emphasis does seem to be on meat eating...any vegetarian runners out there who could advise??
over 2 years ago
Posted over 2 years ago
Have a look at www.vegetarianrunner.com
I know of lot veggie runners (including ultra trail runners and multi day event athletes) and they don't seem to have any issues.
Posted over 2 years ago in reply to Clwydian
Thanks for the link, much appreciated
Posted over 2 years ago in reply to ElsieJoy
I am not a veggie but eat meat probably about once every 6 months. I do also eat fish though which made this protein issue a little less of a problem but I still was worried as I'm training for a full marathon. I eat quorn, nuts and seeds, beans and pulses and things like mozzarella but of course I do top up with fish once/twice a week. I'm doing fine and have definitely gained a whole load of muscle so I'm sure even without the fish you'll be fine.
Posted over 2 years ago in reply to emso
we eat loads of pulses but think I will up my oats and seeds/nuts . If I have my bowl of porrage on run mornings and then some seeds/nuts/piece cheese afterwards
Sounds like a plan and porridge is a great Pre-run fuel I'm told. I can't eat anything for hours before so have to gel it but lots of acquaintances swear by it. Try putting some flax on as well (18.3% protein). It is a little high in fat but that's because it is an oily seed so not really a suprise.
Thanks for sharing this unique information.. Really very much informative..
Posted over 1 year ago
Have you seen the no meat athlete website/blog? Im vegetarian almost vegan and run about 20/25 miles a week. Google the website it is very good.
Also I add a table spoon of flax seed/seaseme seeds (ground up) on my ready brek with soya milk. Rammed with protein and carb.
No problem at all being vegetarian/vegan and a runner. I am neither vegetarian/vegan, I guess, because I do eat a little fish and a little meat, but mostly I eat vegan. I like the no meat athlete site as well. The monumental american ultra runner Scott Jurek would probably tell you that being meat-free is best for your running. You might enjoy his book, I did.
I don't eat meat, but I eat a little bit of fish occasionally. The no meat athlete site is really informative about diet so I'd have a nosey at that. I use a recipe from that site on my longer runs (pinto bean brownie). Before I run I eat porridge with banana and blueberries and flaxseed ( I also add flaxseed to fruit salad, soup, yogurt) after a run I'll grab a boiled egg (if you eat them?) or a bit of peanut butter. Longer runs, a hot chocolate :))
I think if you've been vegetarian for 52 years, you'll probably be able to teach us a thing or two! Good luck with your running :)
hi, really sorry but I cant agree, I eat meat every day steak, lamb chicken all kinds of fish and totally love it. there aint anything wrong been vegi but im in training for a marathon and think this is my best way to get all my protein, carbs and everything in between for my recovery.
Posted over 1 year ago in reply to nunzi
@nunzi, it's definitely a personal choice what you choose to eat, but it is possible to survive without meat, you just have to research things a bit more when you first start out. I haven't eaten meat for 29 years, but now that I'm training, I'm aware that I need to start researching again to make sure my diet is spot on for the training and recovery needs. You can get exactly the same amount of nutrition from a balanced vegi diet as you can a meat one, if you do it correctly :)
Posted over 1 year ago in reply to Fattofit
Hehee I've been veggie for 33 years and I'm healthy and full of energy :) I can run as far as I want to, and I don't have any issue building & retaining muscle or anything else my body was designed for.
Personal choice is the key here, and I'm sure Scott Jurek would back me up on that one! :D
Well done Elsiejoy, happy running to you. xx
Posted over 1 year ago in reply to trink
Agree totally with FtF, I ran my first first full marathon distance just over two weeks ago. Whilst not a total veggie myself (I only eat fish or chicken) I usually eat meat substitutes along lots of fruit and veg. In the build up to the run I did nothing different nutritional wise and just carb loaded during the last week with the usual, pasta , rice, gnocchis ect. I use protein shakes (vegan) after a hard workout like speed work, races or very long runs. Recovery wise again just I eat as normal with slightly higher protein levels although I did eat a lot more the following day. I ran a sub 4hr marathon, 10 days later I ran 5k in 22mins, all pretty much without meat. Am currently not running at the moment but that's due to a possible hernia rather than anything nutritional.
There are plenty of veggie/ vegan runners who compete at all levels form beginner to elite so it's obviously not an issue, jus a matter of choice.
Enjoy your running Elsiejoy :) x
© Community Bug Ltd
The Running Bug is your running mate helping you with everything from planning your running routes, training plans to finding running events.