Vegetarian Runners

ElsieJoy ElsieJoy

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??

Clwydian Clwydian

Posted

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.

ElsieJoy ElsieJoy

Posted in reply to Clwydian

Thanks for the link, much appreciated

emso emso

Posted 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.

ElsieJoy ElsieJoy

Posted 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

emso emso

Posted in reply to ElsieJoy

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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Posted in reply to emso

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Superleo831 Superleo831

Posted

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.

Superleo831 Superleo831

Posted

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.

eejit1 eejit1

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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.

Fattofit Fattofit

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Hi Elsiejoy

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 :)

nunzi nunzi

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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.

Fattofit Fattofit

Posted 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 :)

trink trink

Posted 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

Tazzygirl Tazzygirl

Posted 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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