Becoming Superhuman in 2011

Rapid Fat-Loss.  Incredible Sex.  Becoming Superhuman.

Of the three promises contained in the subtitle of Tim Ferriss‘ new book,  The 4-Hour Body, it’s that third one that really grabbed me.

4hrbodycover 241x300Not that rapid fat loss and incredible sex don’t sound appealing; it’s just that they’re the same promises hucksters have made for eons. Becoming superhuman, though—that’s one place not many marketers are willing to go.

If this were anyone else, I’d never believe it.  But this is the same Tim Ferriss who drastically slashed his body weight to weigh in for the Chinese Kickboxing Championships and qualify for an extremely low weight class, only to put it all back on right away and win the competition by exploiting a loophole that disqualifies fighters who are pushed out of the ring three times in a bout.  This, on only a few weeks of actual kickboxing training.

Given Tim’s track record of doing awesome stuff and the success of his first book, The Four Hour Workweek, I don’t see how anyone with the slightest interest in fitness could resist learning what Tim has done in the realm of creating rapid change in the human body.

A veritable smorgasbord of body hacks

The 4-Hour Body isn’t meant to be read cover-to-cover.  After a few essential introductory chapters, Tim cuts you loose to pick and choose, a la carte, what to read.  (“Thinner, faster, bigger, stronger…which 150 pages will you read?” is the first line in the publisher summary.  The entire book is 578 pages long.)

Here are the chapters I plowed through during my initial, oh-my-god-I-cannot-put-this-down fervor:

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Fruitarianism, 80/10/10, and 30 Bananas a Day!?

Note: This is a guest post from Jon Soldo, who writes the blog Running Dummy.

These people must be insane.

bananas 11 200x300Upon hearing about the “fruitarian” movement, this was my reaction.  I mean… eating 30 bananas a day!  Is that healthy?  Is that safe?  Would I ever be able to poop again!?

After the initial shock wore off I became intrigued.  I had questions… lots of questions.  So I dove in and learned everything I could about fruitarianism.  Here’s what I found out.

Fruitarianism in a nutshell

  • Eat as much raw, preferably organic, fruit as you want
  • The “golden ratio” is 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein, and 10% fats, or 80/10/10, while a traditional “healthy” diet is composed of 40% carbohydrates, 40% protein, and 20% fats (40/40/20)
  • Milk and cheese are considered poison
  • Not the same as a typical raw diet, which averages 60% fat

So I would really be eating nothing but fruit?

Pretty much.  Raw vegetables are occasionally welcome too, but the bulk of your calories must be fruit to maintain the desired 80/10/10 ratio.  Certain fatty fruits (avocados for example) should also be eaten in moderation.

I can’t eat anything else?

Nope, sorry.

Not even seeds and nuts!?

No, but don’t view the simplicity of this lifestyle as a negative.  It’s is a good thing.  It’s a lot easier to pack a bag of fruit on your way out the door than preparing “traditional” meals.

You can even put down that bottle of water.

No Meat Athletes are health conscious and surely know the benefit of drinking lots of water.  But get this… if you eat a fruitarian diet and aren’t exercising in super hot conditions, you don’t need to drink any additional water.  All the water you need is built right into the fruit—that’s both convenient and green!

Isn’t that way too much sugar?

Don’t confuse the natural sugar found in fruits (fructose) with refined sugar (sucrose).  Contrary to popular belief, sugar isn’t the devil and many claim it’s impossible to get too much sugar while eating whole, fresh fruit.

What about bone density and calcium?

It is not how much calcium you consume that is important, but how much you lose through neutralizing acids that come from eating high amounts of protein and starch.  Reducing or eliminating the high protein intake leads to decreased calcium loss.

What about protein?

C’mon, seriously?  You didn’t just ask me about protein did you?

I guess you missed this post that explains it much better than I ever could.  The short and sweet of it is that our perceptions on protein requirements are out of whack and Americans eat way too much.

Fruit averages 6% protein, so as long as you are eating enough calories in fruit then you are getting enough protein, even if you’re an endurance athlete.

That’s all fine and good in theory, but people can’t thrive on just fruit.

Let me tell you about a runner by the name of Michael Arnstein.  Michael is an accomplished marathoner with a PR of 2:28.29 (2010 Boston Marathon).  That’s a 5:40 pace for 26.2 miles!  Yeah, he’s fast.  Not only is he a fruitarian… he is the Fruitarian.

A practicing fruitarian for over three years, Michael eats nothing but lots of fruit and the occasional raw vegetable.  Arnstein said he devours 30 pounds of fruit a day—as many as 30 oranges, five cantaloupes, a watermelon, and a salad with five pounds of tomatoes.  Consuming 40 to 50 bananas a day is a common occurrence for him.  He also claims that 10 to 15 Valencia oranges is the perfect post run snack.

If Arnstein, who sometimes runs over 200 miles in a week, hasn’t found this diet to be deficient in any way, then I highly doubt others will.  I mean c’mon… he’s 4% body fat and faster than a speeding bullet!

Here’s some more food for thought.

  • Humans are not carnivores (this shouldn’t be a hard sell to the No Meat Athlete crowd)
  • The high protein Standard American Diet (SAD) is making us fatter and sicker than ever
  • Long-lived cultures eat high carbs and low fat (Abkhasia of Russia, Vilcabamba of Ecuador, and Hunza of Pakistan)
  • Occurrences of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes can all be reduced through 80/10/10
  • Even white sugar does not result in out-of-control children if the dietary fat is low
  • Most Type-2 diabetics produce plenty of insulin, but dietary fats hinder its function
  • No extra protein is required for physical activity (endurance athletes included)
  • Weight gain seems eminent on such a carb heavy diet, but fruitarians average 3-6% body fat

Okay, enough already!  I’m sold!  How do I get started?

  1. The Fruitarian has a great post, Taking the Leap – Fruitarian Transition Tips, to get the ball rolling.
  2. Get your hands on a copy of The 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life One Luscious Bite at a Time by Dr. Douglas Graham.  This will be your bible.  Please note that the use of the word “diet” in the title is misleading.  What Dr. Graham is proposing in this book is a lifestyle and mindset.  He uses hard science to make his case and does a damn good job.
  3. Join the folks over at 30 Bananas A Day.  Their fruitarian forum offers a tremendous support system full of experienced hard-core fruitarians.

And one more thing…

Get ready for lots of unsolicited health advice.

When you go to the supermarket and fill your shopping cart to the top with bananas, you will get a ton of odd looks and inquiries.  I just tell people that I have a pet monkey at home and that seems to make them happy.

Is Fruitarianism for you?

Let’s turn it over to all you No Meat Athletes… What do you think?  Is this something you have tried or would consider?  Could this lifestyle be fulfilling?  Is it sustainable?

You can read more from Jon Soldo at www.RunningDummy.com.

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Win a Week’s Worth of Eco-Friendly Socks from Coolmax Ecomade

Merry Christmas.  Or Happy Holidays.  Whichever works for you, now is a time to kick back, let loose, celebrate, and be thankful.

And as if you didn’t already have plenty to be thankful for, here’s one more thing to be happy about: you might already be wearing somebody’s recycled water bottle on your feet.

DeFeet Holiday SockI’m not talking about the Brooks Green Silence (which, by the way, I’m loving more and more every time I wear them).

No, this time I’m talking about socks.  And in this third and final NMA giveaway of the 2010 holiday season, you can win a week’s worth of socks from Coolmax® Ecomade that don’t just look  funky, but that somebody once drank out of.  Sort of.

What’s so cool about Coolmax

The yarn used to make Coolmax® Ecomade socks is made from 97% post-consumer plastic bottles, which is kind of awesome, especially for tree-hugging, granola-munching hippies like us.

And you might already be wearing Coolmax® Ecomade and not know it—they work with brands like Injinji, DeFeet, Dansko, and REI to produce environmentally-friendly socks for endurance sports and for everyday wear.

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Since we’ve been talking a little bit recently about goals and doing cool stuff next year, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post, sometime between now and when the ball drops, listing one awesome thing you’re going to do in 2011.

(And then you’d better do it, or I’ll hunt you down and forcibly remove your bottle-recycled, rainbow-striped socks with toes in them and give them to someone else who deserves them.)

Coolmax EcoMade Logo 300x58Good luck in the giveaway, and enjoy your holiday.  I’ll be busy celebrating my son’s first Christmas, turning 30, and then working on a bunch of stuff that’ll make this site really kick ass in 2011.  And then figuring out how the hell I’m going to run 100 miles.

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100 Miles or Bust!

How often in life we complete a goal that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.

-Robert Brault

od 300x176The day after I wrote about why I like goals that seem impossible, my friend Robert Cheeke posted this quote on his Facebook page.  That was the tiny little nudge I still needed in order to do what I’ve been kicking around in my head for months, so I went ahead and did it.

I signed up to run a 100-miler. The Old Dominion 100 Mile Cross-Country Run in Woodstock, VA on June 4th (and into the 5th).

Right now, I’m not capable of running 100 miles—at least, not in 24 hours.  That’s the time you need in a 100-miler in order to “buckle,” which doesn’t mean “collapse on the ground,” but rather “earn a belt buckle.”  Sort of like “medaling” in a race, only you get a belt buckle instead of medal.

And yes, that’s right—if you finish 100 miles but take longer than 24 hours,  they don’t even give you a stinking belt buckle.  Evil.

But the fact that I’m not capable of doing it now doesn’t mean that signing up was a dumb decision.  To the contrary, I’ve found when it comes to crazy stuff like this, signing up is precisely the first step in becoming capable—if I didn’t have a hard deadline in the future at which point I’ll either be able to run 100 miles or have literally the most painful day of my entire life, then it wouldn’t happen.  I’d keep putting it off, saying “one day.”

“One day” is now June 4th.  And some of the 5th, since it starts at 4 AM.

How the F do you train for a 100-miler?

With a 50-miler, they tell you to get in as many marathons and 50K’s as you can.  So you could take that advice and double it, but the biggest problem with that is it’s hard to find many 50-milers and 100K’s to use as training runs.  Not to mention that a slow 50-miler is probably a 12-hour training day.

With that in mind, here’s my tentative race schedule for the winter and spring:

  • January 2: PHUNT 20K
  • February 26: Hashawha Hills 50K
  • March 19: HAT 50K
  • April 9: Bull Run 50-miler
  • April 18: Boston Marathon
  • June 4: Old Dominion 100-miler

There’s no 100K on here, and only one 50-miler, but that’s the best I could do.  I’ll probably do several 20-25 mile runs within a few days of each other in lieu of these missing long runs.

Honestly, I have no idea what to expect beyond that.  I’d like to keep my speed and strength up instead of focusing solely on distance, and I’ll start off by working in as much of that as I can, but really I can’t say what will happen once the mileage starts to pick up.

Oh yeah…and I’m kind of scared about what kind of self-doubt must bubble up when you’re running through the woods in the middle of the night, after you’ve already been running for 18 or 20 hours, trying to finish before 4 AM.  I don’t hear many ultrarunners make a big deal about this, so maybe it’s not so bad.  But it sort of seems like if I’m going to buckle in the “collapsing, curling up, and letting maggots go to town on my eyeballs” sense, then this would be when it would happen.

So there.

I’ve signed up.  I’ve announced it.  I’ve committed myself to it.   The chances of it actually happening have just skyrocketed.

I encourage you to think about what you might do in 2011, and not just tell yourself you’re going to do it, but to take some sort of action that commits you.  Why wait until New Years?

Giveaway winners

Two giveaway winners to announce today, before I give you details of the final NMA holiday giveaway.

First, the winner of the Madre Labs Immune Punch and $50 iHerb.com shopping spree is Kristina from spabettie.com (rhymes with spaghetti?), who said she’d probably buy Immune Punch if she won (the drawing was random, really).

And second, the winner of Susan’s holiday stocking stuffer extravaganza, including GU’s, Ryder’s sunglasses, and Road ID schwag is Charlotte, who asked Santa for a Patagonia parka and bribed him with some of Christine’s NMA cookies.

Congratulations to both winners!  One more holiday giveaway coming later this week!

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Get Motivated! 11 Ideas That Really Work

God bless my mother-in-law.

The other day, I did an interview with Dustin from Fit Marriage for a new series he’s doing about active couples.  To prepare, I asked my wife, Erin, what advice she might give in the realm of fitness for couples.  You know, a tip or two we’ve used to keep from killing each other in trying to find a balance between spending time together and achieving our different fitness goals.

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But before she could finish, her mom finished for her: “—achievable!” she said, as if in autocomplete mode.

It’s not her fault.  At some point, we’ve all heard that we should set achievable goals, likely in some lame goal-setting exercise we did in middle school.

Let me tell you something: “Set achievable goals” is the worst advice I’ve ever heard. (Erin was actually going to say “Make your goals known to each other,” which you’ll hear me talk about if you watch that interview, once Dustin publishes it.)

1. An unachievable goal is actually easier to achieve

Set an achievable goal, and not much changes.  Since it’s something you know you can achieve, there’s no need to take any massive action, to crash through your perceived limits, or to transform yourself into the incredible person you’d have to be in order to achieve that goal.

When you set a goal that seems impossible, though, that’s when the magic happens.  First, you get insanely excited, because it’s something you’ve never dared to lust after before out of fear of failing.  It energizes you just to think, “What if, just maybe, somehow…?”

Then you recognize that yes, it is impossible—right now.  There’s a tremendous gap between where you are and where you want to be, and to do it, your whole life will have to change.  And that’s where real, lasting motivation comes from.

Start with that one; it’s the most important.  Once you’ve done that, here are ten more ways to get motivated that really work.

2. Stop setting goals and start making decisions.

I’ve used the word “goal” up until now because it’s familiar.  But setting goals is not really what you should be doing—instead, you should be deciding what you’re going to make happen.

I know it sounds like some bullshit language device that won’t really make any difference after five minutes, but I promise it’s more than that.  When you set a goal, that’s something you’re hoping for.  It’s the target, and you’re going to shoot for it.

When you make a real decision, your whole persona shifts.  When you decide that you’re going to do something no matter what happens, it’s almost as if you’ve already done it.  You start acting and thinking like the person you want to be, and that’s a hell of a lot different from hoping.

3. Give 30 minutes to yourself.

Everybody’s busy.  And so often when we’re feeling stuck, it’s because it feels like every last minute of our day has already been spoken for.

A lot of it’s for good reasons.  You spend hours doing things for other people—your boss, your spouse, your kids—and that’s commendable.

But you have to take time for yourself! How great would it feel to know that this week, you’d spend three and a half hours on something you’ve never done before, something that really juices you?  Training for a new sport, learning a language, playing an instrument.  How many books could you cross off your “to-read” list with that kind of time?

It’s a half hour a day.  Sleep a little less—it’s not so hard to get up when you know that extra time is going to be for you and nobody else.  Or find that extra half hour by skipping the mindless TV show you watch after the one you really care about ends.

You can find half an hour a day, and that’s plenty to get you excited about your life.

4. Salivate over a race.

Just the other day, I used this trick to get excited when I was sitting at the computer with a nasty case of writer’s block.  It’s fun, it takes two minutes, and anybody can do it.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever run?  Okay, now double that, go online, and look for a race of that distance.  What if you could make it happen next year?  (It’s been five days since I googled “100-mile race calender,” and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since then.)

If distance doesn’t inspire you, pick another variation on the same theme.  Find the race you’ll use to qualify for Boston, or for NYC.  Or your first trail race.

It’s amazing how finding something exciting in one particular area of your life can do so much for the rest of it.

5. Listen to music instead of talk.

A year ago, I’d have argued with you all day long on this point.  I love listening to audiobooks, talk radio, anything that I think might teach me something good while I’m driving or running.

But then I read Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Workweek, where he explains how we suffer from information overload.  To combat it,  he prescribes a one-week information diet.  No reading, no watching the news, and no audiobooks or talk radio.

Which, when you’re in the car or running, leaves music or nothing.  This is how I realized how good music makes me feel.

Pick an album you freaking loved when you were in high school.  Something that you almost feel foolish listening to now because you’re not a punk anymore or you’re not hardcore anymore or you’re not a bubblegum pop fan anymore.  Let yourself really get into it, sing along with it as loud as you can, and I defy you not to want to go change the world, or at least your life.

6. Let yourself feel some pain.

Nobody likes feeling bad about themselves.  We do whatever we can to avoid it, and that usually means having a drink or some food to take the edge off, watching TV to escape, or lying to ourselves by saying that it’s not that bad.

But pain serves a purpose.  And when you use pain instead of pretending it’s not there, you can get motivated incredibly quickly.

If you know you’ve got some lbs to lose but can’t get yourself to exercise or eat right, take off your clothes and look in the mirror.  Jump up and down if that helps.  Better still, take a picture and put it on your refrigerator, or next to your running shoes (maybe leave your underwear on for this one).  Think that won’t affect how you eat or workout?

Another idea: Compare yourself to someone like you who is getting tremendously more out of life in whatever area you want to change.  I know people tell you not to compare yourself to others, but I heard a better version at Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within last month: “Compare yourself to yourself to measure your progress; compare yourself to others to see the possibility.”

Speaking of other people…

7. Watch others do amazing things.

Thanks to YouTube, you can relive virtually any moment that has ever been captured on film.  Watch Kerri Strug in 1996, the 1980 U.S. Hockey team and Al Michaels’ call, Tiger Woods on the 18th hole of the 2008 U.S. Open, or whatever does it for you.

It doesn’t have to be sports: Watch a great speech, a musical performance, or a video biography of someone incredible, and you’ll want to do something yourself.

8. Move your body.

There’s tremendous power in changing your physiology to change your mental state (another Tony Robbins nugget, but the ancient Greeks knew this long before he did).

Lots of people will tell you their best ideas come while they’re running, and that’s no coincidence.  When your body is engaged, your mind sees possibility.

Sometimes getting motivated is as easy as moving.  If you need motivation just to do that, check out 63 Ways to Shake Up Your Running Routine.

9. Go to the bookstore.

Give me a day off, and this is how I’ll spend the morning.  A nice cup of coffee to get the mind going and an hour browsing books in a massive bookstore is one of the best ways I know to get myself out of a rut.

The one caveat here is make sure you don’t get overwhelmed.  Sometimes this trick works too well, and I’ll find seven books I need to read right this minute.  When I realize that’s just not possible, it makes things feel out of control.  So as soon as you find something interesting, stop and read it or buy it before you get too worked up.

If you’re looking for a book to make you actually want to run (I know, what a concept, right?), check out Born to Run if you haven’t yet.  It’s the best book I know for that.

And if reading isn’t your thing…

10. Watch a movie.

I’ll confess to having a short attention span when it comes to watching other people do stuff.  (That’s why short YouTube videos work well.)  But every once in a while, I’ll find a movie that makes me want to get up and get to work on something.

Fight Club used to make me want turn it off and go to the gym.  So does a pretty dumb movie about mixed martial arts that I saw on TV called Never Back Down.  I don’t know why the fighting movies get me, but they do.

Just like with books, once you get motivated, take action.  Don’t finish the movie.  Just go do whatever you’re inspired to do, before you can get lazy again.

11. Change everything.

An interesting thing happens when you change one part of your life: The rest of it changes, too, in order to keep up.

Get really into an exercise program and feel great about your body, and all the sudden you don’t want to put any more brownies or caffeine or alcohol into it.  Or really take control of your relationship and give it the time it deserves, and see if you don’t both find the drive to exercise more.

The point is that you might be able to change something indirectly.  Changing one thing, seemingly unrelated, might be the key to changing something else you’ve been unsuccessful in changing so far.

I’d have never thought that going vegetarian would get me to train as hard as I could, run my best marathon, and become an ultrarunner.  Similarly, I knew I was unsatisfied with how I was spending my time, but I had no idea changing my diet would get me to start this site and finally start doing what matters to me.  But that’s what did it.

What’s your best way to get motivated?

These are the things that work for me.  I’m sure some are universal, but some probably won’t work for you.  Likewise, you probably have a few that I’ve never thought of.  And when it comes to getting motivated and finding inspiration, novelty is extremely important.

That’s why I want to hear what you do to get going when you’re not exactly firing on all cylinders.  So let me and everyone else know about your favorite ways to get moving in the comments.

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Dear Santa (And a Very Merry Giveaway)

Note: This is a guest post from Ironman triathlete and lifetime Santa-believer Susan Lacke.

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Susan Lacke, age 2?

Dear Santa,

It’s been a little while since I wrote to you. A year, actually. I kept meaning to touch base with you during the year, but time just got away from me! I know, I know. I say that every year. You’re starting to feel like I’m taking advantage of you, like I only write to you when I want a present.

That’s not true, Santa. I really was busy this year. I mean, I trained for an Ironman! That’s gotta count for something, right? I’m sure you know how it is. Don’t you spend a couple weeks doing P90X after eating all those cookies on Christmas, big guy?

Let’s cut to the chase. I know I’m supposed to be asking for selfless things now that I’m a grown-up. I should leave the requests for toys to my nieces and nephews while I request responsible things, like world peace.

Screw that, Santa. I want a tri bike.

Listen, buddy: I’ve been a good girl this year. I got up at 4 AM to train like I was supposed to (okay, I hit the snooze button a lot, but I got up eventually); I ran and biked more miles than I’m able to count; I swam laps in a pool like an aquatic hamster. Do you KNOW how boring lap swimming is, Santa?

I deserve this bike, man. Don’t get me wrong. I love my roadie, Bessie. She’s been very good to me. But after we’ve gotten hit by a car a couple times, she’s a bit worse for wear. I’d like to put her up in a nice retirement home in Boca and ride off into the sunset on my new sleek aerodynamic triathlon-specific bike. I promise I’ll take good care of him. I’ll feed and water and take him for rides every single day and love him so, so, so much! I’ll even give him a sexy name…like “Santa.”

Forget what your “naughty list” says, Santa. I don’t belong there. My readers at No Meat Athlete can vouch for me. They’ve been with me all year and will back me up on this one.

As a goodwill gesture, I’ll give them a chance to win a special prize, the Ultimate Stocking Stuffer Giveaway:

  • Vanilla Gingerbread, Mint and one additional favorite flavor/product from GU
  • Road ID socks, Road ID hat, & Road ID gift card
  • Ryders VTX and Grindhouse or Shreddie glasses

To win, readers should comment below by December 19 with what’s at the top of their own NMA Christmas wish lists.

See how this works, Santa? I give them something, you give me something. If you do this, I promise next year I’ll ask for world peace.

Or maybe a new wetsuit.

XOXO,

Susan

P.S. Please remind the good NMA boys and girls that they can still enter the iHerb.com giveaway by Wednesday, December 15.

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What’s In My Emergency Snack Kit?

Or an even better question: Why’s there a new NMA post on a Sunday?

Well, you might call it an assignment.  I’m participating in MeYou Health’s Blogger Well-Being Challenge at DailyChallenge.com, where for 10 days I’m taking on one small (tiny, even) challenge each day.  The challenges are mostly health-related, but some are just about taking the time to relax, to enjoy something, or to be nice to somebody for no good reason.

(Disclosure:  MeYou Health does offer compensation for the bloggers who are participating, but I declined to accept payment, to be consistent with my rule of not writing paid posts.)

Today’s Challenge: Create an Emergency Snack Kit

snack kit image 300x225Today’s task, which they asked me to write about, was “Create an emergency snack kit.”

We’re not talking Armageddon.  Here, we’re using “emergency” pretty loosely—like if you don’t get a chance to eat lunch one day and you’re starving.  In said “emergency,” it’d be nice to have some sort of snack you can eat, rather than pulling over at McDonald’s and ordering a thing of fries the size of your head.  Which in weak moments, I have done before.  And I bet you have, too.

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Vegan Ultramarathon Legend Scott Jurek

If there’s anyone who truly needs no introduction in the vegetarian and vegan running community, it’s Scott Jurek.

Scott’s achievements have placed him squarely at the top of the ultrarunning world as a shining example of what’s possible with a vegan diet. If you didn’t already know of Scott from his prominent role in Born to Run, then it’s likely you heard his name this past spring, when Scott broke the American record for the 24-hour run, logging over 165 miles at the IAU World Championships.

scottjurek 200x300It was my immense pleasure to talk with Scott about his vegan diet, his three essential tips for new vegans and vegetarians, the Brooks Green Silence and what he sees at the limits of barefoot running, his 24-hour American record, and what’s next for him, including setting his sights on the world record, and (finally!) a book.

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I’ve included the recording here as well as the transcription.  I really enjoyed this opportunity to speak with such a huge inspiration, and I hope you get as much out of the interview as I did.

To get more from Scott Jurek, you can visit his website, check out his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter.

Matt: Hey, it’s Matt from nomeatathlete.com and I am absolutely thrilled today to be talking to ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek.

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