Summer Running Camp, Part 1: Building Consistency

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Summer has officially arrived, which can only mean one thing:

Summer Camp … No Meat Athlete style.

Today’s episode is the first in a new summer series on the fundamentals of running. First topic, building a consistent running routine.

As Matt and I planned this series, it quickly became clear that before we can talk about running form, speed, or nutrition, we have to start with consistency. Running and training consistency is at the core of any progress within the sport, but is often ignored, specifically by beginners.

In this first week of Summer Running Camp, we discuss why consistency is so important and how to develop a sustainable routine, even before you begin training for a goal race.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Consistency as a running fundamental
  • Why the time of day you run matters
  • The habit side of running routines
  • Writing your own training calendar
  • Does running damage your knees?

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Vegan TV Chef Jason Wrobel on Eating for Longevity and Finding Inspiration in the Kitchen

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People seem to get upset when I say this, but it’s true, so here goes: I’ve never enjoyed cooking as a vegan or vegetarian the way I used to before I started eating this way.

That’s not to say I don’t love being vegan … the benefits in virtually every other area of my life far outweigh whatever passion for cooking I’ve traded in.

But does it have to be a tradeoff at all?

Jason Wrobel, our guest on today’s episode, doesn’t think so. His passion for cooking didn’t start until he went vegan, and he turned that drive into the first ever vegan cooking show on a major TV network.

And he does it by focusing on how to eat for health and longevity, one of my favorite topics of all.

In today’s episode we discuss how Jason went from failing actor to celebrity chef, his new book, how to ignite your passion in the kitchen, and using food as a tool for healing.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • How Jason went from actor to celebrity chef and host of the world’s first vegan cooking show on mainstream TV
  • Why his approach to spreading the plant-based message is on health
  • Raw foods, nutrient density, and can they help you live longer?
  • How to reignite your passion for cooking
  • Plant-based food as a healing tool
  • Oil and alcohol … okay in moderation?

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Aaron Alexander on Optimal Movement, Standing vs. Sitting, and Making the World Your Gym

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We run, we lift weights, we do yoga, and we put each of the associated movements into individual boxes. But how do we get those movements to work as a whole, to help us become stronger, better athletes and create the foundation for long, healthy life?

According to Aaron Alexander, host of the Align Podcast and an expert in movement therapy, the answer is to stop looking at individual exercises and positions, and begin to understand movement as a whole.

And as for sitting versus standing? Aaron says it’s not that one is better than the other … what matters is how we do both of them.

In today’s episode, one which left me personally inspired to address the way I move day-to-day, I chat with Aaron about how all of us can better integrate movement into our daily lives for better health and stronger muscles.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Gaining full function over your movements
  • Why every runner needs a kettlebell (and an exercise band)
  • How “sitting is the new smoking” misses the point
  • Is it possible to sit well?
  • Your first step towards optimal movement (it might not involve movement at all)
  • How to escape the rigid exercise routine

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4 Factors in a Successful 100-Mile Ultramarathon

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The 100-mile distance ultramarathon is a tough one to crack. Even when things goes right, you can still count on experiencing low points and doubts.

And with the race being so long, it’s difficult to practice or mimic those circumstances throughout training.

So when I crossed the finish line of the Thunder Rock 100 feeling stronger and faster than expected, I was ecstatic. On my third 100-mile attempt, it felt like I finally took control of the distance.

In today’s episode Matt and I discuss four factors I believe contributed to the success of this race. Factors or lessons I’ll begin applying to ultramarathons of every distance, and even many non-ultramarathon races.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Will running make you sick?
  • How Doug mentally prepares for an ultramarathon
  • Why it’s better to stop and adjust than to keep running
  • Sticking with your race strategy (even when you feel great)
  • The basics of ultramarathon nutrition
  • How to let go of what you can’t control

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Jasmin Singer on Food Addiction, the 80s, and How She Lost 100 Pounds

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Growing up in the 80s, we were told a lot of things by the food industry … often right smack in the middle of our Saturday morning cartoons.

Milk “does a body good,” sugary cereal is “part of a complete breakfast,” and in general, processed foods are a fabulous choice for healthy family dinners and snacks.

So how did all this affect our health and our relationship with food?

For Jasmin Singer, co-host of the Our Hen House podcast and author of the new book Always Too Much and Never Enough, the effect was an addiction to food and 100 extra pounds.

In today’s episode of NMA Radio, Jasmin shares her inspiring story: of the struggle with food addiction, the choice to go vegan, a dramatic transformation, and why she feels so betrayed by the food industry.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Growing up with a food addiction
  • Yep, you can be an unhealthy vegan
  • How a juice fast changed Jasmin’s life (and helped her lose 100 pounds)
  • Learning to love yourself (through running)
  • Have we all been betrayed by the food industry?
  • What Jasmin discovered about how we treat fat people … once she became thin

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To Race or Not to Race?

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That is the question … or at least the question we tackle in today’s episode.

It’s no secret that when it comes to running, Matt is a goals guy. He chases massive race goals that inspire and motivate him through training … sometimes for years. And in many ways, I’m the same. I know first hand just how powerful a dream race can be.

But I also love running for the sake of running, and can maintain months of consistent training with no race in sight.

So when a listener asked this question on the No Meat Athlete Facebook page, it sparked an interesting conversation.

Do runners need races, or should they run for the joy of running?

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The power of a race goal
  • When racing is a bad idea
  • Alternatives to races … that can be just as motivating
  • The mistake most non-racers make
  • Why Matt wants you to give racing a try

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The Life-Changing Habit to Start Today

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“Life-changing” is a big claim. Especially when it involves cleaning out your closet …

This conversation started back in January, when Matt read Marie Kondo’s bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. He said it was one of the best books he’d read in years, I said it wasn’t for me.

Boy was I wrong.

Today’s episode departs from our traditional topics of fitness and nutrition, and focuses instead on a habit we’ve both recently adopted. A habit that will free you from clutter, bring new energy to your home, and take you completely by surprise — I know it did me — with how good it feels.

Yup. It may even change your life.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Do your items spark joy?
  • How to start decluttering your home
  • Why it’s acceptable to throw away that ugly sweater
  • Thanking your items (Doug actually does this)
  • What to do with books, race medals, and other items you love

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Nicole Antoinette Interviews Matt Frazier

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This week on No Meat Athlete Radio, we’re doing something a little different.

Instead of me doing the interviewing (or shooting the breeze with Doug), I’m the one being interviewed — by my friend and fellow vegan runner and “big goals” advocate Nicole Antoinette.

This interview was first published on Nicole’s popular podcast, Real Talk Radio, and she was kind enough to let me rebroadcast it on our show.

It’s a long one, nearly two hours in length, but one of my favorite interviews that I’ve done, which is why I chose to share it. Nicole and I dig deep into a lot of topics — and not just the typical running and diet stuff, but a more personal discussion of achievement, failure, and the messy reality that setting big, ambitious goals.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did! Big thanks to Nicole for doing the interview and letting me share it; be sure to check out Real Talk Radio for lots more conversations like it.

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