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.
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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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
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