No Meat Athlete’s One-Year Blog-iversary!

Well, the day is here. Or more accurately, it has been here, since it’s almost over. But somehow I got on an evening blogging schedule this week, so that’s where we are.

number one2Today marks the one-year anniversary of when I started this blog. I’m not writing this post as an opportunity to get all melodramatic about the past twelve months (I’ve done plenty of that about my recent 50K), nor am I writing it to get a bunch of congratulations from everyone (you’ve given me plenty of those recently, too, which I really appreciate).

No, the main reason I’m writing this post is because this blog has grown a lot recently (almost 1000 subscribers now!), and I’m guessing that exactly three of you were around when it started. So I figured, “What would better than a quick tour of No Meat Athlete’s first year?” And I answered, “A beer while I write it.”

So that is where we stand.

The beginning

A year ago, I was not a vegetarian.  But I hadn’t eaten red meat for most of the previous year because of a moral aversion, and I had managed to cook some pretty good food nonetheless.

I had never been more excited about running, having run two marathons within three months right before that.  Even in the best shape of my life, though, I had fallen ten minutes short of qualifying for Boston at the Walt Disney World marathon, and recently sidelined by an injury, I was beginning to wonder if it would ever happen.

3358489 220x300In March 2009 I went to a Tony Robbins seminar—yes, the infomercial, positive-thinking guy—and I came back completely energized and excited about so many things, including running.  Also among them was my diet: Tony issued everyone a ten-day diet challenge that involved eating only fish and plants.

I took the challenge, noticed immediate energy gains, and I was hooked.  (And my wife, Erin, was very receptive to the change.)  I had serious doubts about whether this type of diet could possibly support endurance running, but I thought that if it could, then surely a few people would want to know about it.

Enter No Meat Athlete, and my first post.

March to May – All about the food

012 300x225For a few weeks while I was still injured, this blog might have been called No-Meat Person.  I wrote a little bit about running and my Boston Marathon goals, but almost every post was about a new recipe I was trying.  Smoky black bean burritos was a favorite that we still make today.  And I was really into Michael Pollan; I wrote a post called Junk Food Isn’t Healthy, Health Food Isn’t Healthy, based on his ideas.

I still ate fish occasionally for the first few weeks, but having opened my eyes to the idea of eating consciously, something in me wanted to be a total vegetarian.  I questioned giving up fish, and I ultimately did phase it out completely, becoming a total vegetarian.

And for the record, I started to think about quitting coffee.  It didn’t last.

May to October – Focusing on getting to Boston

On May 17th, I went for my first long run since becoming vegetarian, as any running up to that point had been merely injury rehab.  I ran that 12-mile route faster than I had ever run it, my first clue that there was something to this vegetarian thing.  (That post also describes a 100K bike ride Erin did!)

0141 174x300At that point, I realized I had a serious chance at qualifying for Boston, a completely unforeseen benefit of my new diet.  (I had been worried that it would make me a worse runner.)  I ran the Maryland Half Marathon, and thanks to my blog’s gaining just a bit of popularity, Brendan Brazier’s company sent me a copy of his book Thrive, which came to shape a lot of the way I look at food as running fuel.

Over the summer I trained my butt off to get to Boston.  I followed the training program in Run Less, Run Faster, and managed to win an age group award in a 5K at the beach, when all the good runners must have been hung over or something.  Though most of the training runs went well, I suffered a terrible bonk one day and had the worst run of my life.

Somehow, amidst all this training, I must have tricked somebody into letting me on the radio.  And to provide some nice, sweet breaks from all the running, my sister, Christine, started posting weekly healthy desserts on Fridays.  It was originally a month-long experiment, but Sweet-Tooth Friday is still going strong!

In August, I continued to train hard and started incorporating lots of the Thrive stuff, like raw energy gels.  And then I got the chance to interview Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and vegan.

Erin and I found out that she was pregnant, and I announced it on the blog!  I couldn’t believe the coincidence that the due date was April 19, 2010, the day of the Boston Marathon, but I didn’t let that discourage me.  For me, the goal had always been about the challenge of qualifying far more than the actual running of the race.

As the date of my qualifying marathon (the Wineglass Marathon) approached, I thought a lot about running.  I realized that I did it because I loved the structure and challenge of training, but not the actual running.  This prompted me to write a post called I Am Not Really A Runner.  I wrote a good post about foam rolling, too, since I was really focused on avoiding injury.

matt in grass2 225x300Finally it was time.  I did a final, surreal track workout, one that was so strange I’ll never forget it.  Then the big race day came, and I did it.  I qualified!  There was a point when I was sure I wouldn’t qualify, and somehow I got past that and made it, by exactly one minute (3:09:59).  I was overwhelmed with emotion, having achieved a goal I’d had for seven years. And for a few weeks after that, the sense of joy didn’t go away.

October to December – My Blue Period

That’s a joke.  It wasn’t very blue.  But comparatively speaking, we can at least call it azure.

Qualifying for Boston left a gaping hole where that goal used to be.  In search of something to fill it, I read Born to Run and got really inspired to run an ultra and to start trail running.  I even got a pair of Vibram Five Fingers to simulate barefoot running.

For the first time ever, I loved running.  Without the Boston goal anymore, running became relaxed and fun.  I met a group of local ultra runners that I started running trails (and drinking) with on Thursday nights, and that made it even better.

And then I got really, really uninspired.  I got tired.  I blogged less.  Perhaps it was still the hole left by the goal that I’d chased for so long; perhaps it was just fatigue from focusing so much on that goal in the preceding months.  Whatever the cause, I sort of just went through the motions of running and blogging.  I experimented a little with ultramarathoner Stu Mittleman’s ideas about not eating sugar during long runs, but that’s something I never got comfortable with.  It’s still in the back of my mind though.

And oh yeah, I had a little fight with a fitness author.  Looking back, that one’s pretty funny.

January to Present – I’m back, baby!

At New Years, I made a big resolution that pertained to my blog: I decided I would only post when I wanted to, and about things I wanted to.  No more posting pictures of what I ate simply because that’s what I saw everyone else doing.

Matt PHUNT finish photo 768x1024 225x300I made an even bigger resolution: to donate all my pageview advertising revenue to help animals.  Combine these two resolutions with my first ultramarathon on the second day of the year, and you have the recipe for a major funk-buster!  As a result, I came to love blogging and running more than I ever had.

I’m proud of every post I have written since I made those decisions.  You’ve probably been around for a lot of that period, but if not, just check out the archives for January, February, and March.  These are my best posts to date—if I were to try to highlight my favorites, it would get really old, I promise.

Wrapping It Up

This year has been amazing.  So much has changed, and it’s almost all for the better.

Like I said, I’m not going to get all sappy here.  I’ll just leave it at “If you’d have told me all this would have happened in a year, I’d have called you an idiot.”

Thank you so much for being a reader of my blog, for however long you have been one.

white cotton shirt 225x300And for that matter, thanks for reading this long-ass post. As my small way of celebrating this one-year anniversary, I’m giving away No Meat Athlete cotton shirts to five random commenters on this post!

As you probably know, I try to keep my posts short so that when you log on every day, you know you’ll get a little bite-size chunk of something to think about that won’t take long to digest.  These past few posts have been anything but short; tomorrow I’ll be right back to the NMA you know, with that awesome stew recipe from Veganomicon I promised you last week.

See you then!

Looking forward to making the next year even better,

Matt

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  1. Congratulations on what sounds like a stellar year! Thanks for sharing so much with everyone else out there in blog land. You inspire me so much to keep eating healthy.
    .-= katie´s last blog ..Great Pizza Dough Recipe =-.

  2. Congrats on your year of blogging and vegetarianism! I just found your blog the other day through twitter, so this recap was perfect for me to catch up on what you’ve been doing.

    I recently quit eating meat myself and am now almost vegan, and I’ve never felt healthier. I wasn’t much of a runner before that, but last month I just did my first half marathon. It’s funny how a plant-based diet and running fitness just go hand in hand.

    Anyway, thanks for spreading the word! I’ll be keeping up with your exploits from now on!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Seriously, WHAT Did I Do in a Past Life to Deserve Plumbing THIS BAD? =-.

  3. Matt, I’m neither a vegetarian or a marathon runner, (although I love vegetarian meals and running) but your enthusiasm for blogging is what keeps me coming back, and enjoying every NMA post – one of my favourite blogs! Looking forward to reading year 2 :)
    .-= Allison (Eat Clean Live Green)´s last blog ..Smooth Criminals =-.

  4. Happy Blogiversary!

    I just bought Born to Run the other day and I’m super excited to dive in!

  5. I have just been reading your blog for the past couple months but I am hooked. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas/recipes/inspiration. I look forward to reading your blog for a long time!

  6. wow, great post! it made me think that my blog will maybe pick up one of these days and turn into something cool like yours. happy blogversary!
    .-= Meredith Gleason´s last blog .. =-.

  7. While I haven’t followed you from day one, I have read a number of the posts you pointed out along the way. This has been good reading and like it when I find a new message from you in my reader. I have been following “running shorts” now as well. Great stuff.

  8. Happy Anniversary! What a great year!

  9. Congrats on the blogiversary! I’ve been reading for a couple months now. I’m really excited to see changes that are coming your way (specifically with the new veggie baby coming along — it’s something that I’ve thought about a lot with my future children)!

  10. Happy Blogiversary Matt! Thank you for always being a source of inspiration both as an athlete & runner, healthy vegetarian eater, beer drinker and resident blog expert.

    I would attempt to choke down a piece of bacon to win an NMA shirt!! ;)

  11. Marianne says:

    Happy one year anniversary!! I am not a vegetarian although I can’t remember the last time I ate meat….I mostly choose fish if I going to eat a meat product. But I have been dying for a NMA shirt!! Also wanted to say I just made the spaghetti squash mexicana (pg 178) recipe in Veganomicon tonight and it and it was winner! I did add add in some kale for some greens and was lazy and didn’t make my own salsa but recommend the recipe! Congrats on your 50k too!

  12. Wonderful blog! I’ve always been a runner, but your insights into the effects of nutrition on health and well being have been super helpful. Keep it up!

  13. Although I just bought a “no meat athlete” t-shirt last week (which I wear with pride by the way), I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog! Your dedication to running is truly inspiring.

    Also, there is no need to provide me with another t-shirt. I am completely satisfied with the one I have! I just wanted to leave you a comment anyways!

  14. Congratulations on one year of blogging! This past January I marked one year of being vegan, also going through lots of changes (including my first half marathon!). I made a shirt that said “Not all vegans are pasty wimps. This one can kick your butt”, but I would LOVE to wear a No Meat Athlete shirt on my next race :)

  15. Hi Matt, thanks for doing this summary. I’ve just started following you on Twitter. The blog is fresh and positive – I look forward to future posts (and catching up on your archives).

  16. happy blog bday!!!
    .-= janetha´s last blog ..odds & ends. =-.

  17. I just recently came across your blog and LOVE getting the Facebook updates. I have been a vegetarian for about 8 years and have recently started getting addicted to running. Your blog combines two of my passions into one – thanks!

    • Hi Michelle, thanks for letting me know you like the Facebook updates. I’ve only recently started paying much attention to that, and I’ve found that the Facebook “fans” (I wish they were called something else) are so great about sharing posts and helping new people find my blog. I still feel new to Facebook, so let me know if I’m ever committing any Facebook faux-pas. :)

  18. Happy Anniversary

    I started reading during the Focusing on Getting to Boston Period and I’ve stayed hooked ever since :)

    My favourite part is the recipes.

  19. I appreciate your one-year recap because I just recently discovered your blog and feel like I have a lot of catching up to do! Congratulations on your blogiversary and your recent ultramarathon!

  20. NMA helped me successfully train for my first marathon and inspired me to create my own blog. As much as your life is changing, you’re changing other’s lives as well
    .-= Bridget@PavementandPlants´s last blog ..Man Up: We’re all broke. =-.

  21. Congratulations on your blog’s one-year anniversary! I’m a long-time (almost twelve years!) vegetarian (who hadn’t eaten red meat for years before that) and wannabe runner, I find your blog both informative and entertaining. Can’t wait to see you hit two years!
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..6 + 4 = 10 =-.

  22. Congratulations! I just discovered your blog recently and I’m finding it very inspiring! I’m a vegan runner and I’m currently training for my first half marathon. :)

  23. I was thinking about your blue period, and I was wondering if you were familiar with Seasonal Affective Disorder? I know I get super-depressed during the winter months (and I live in ARIZONA!). The lack of daylight and the days getting shorter just bums me out.

  24. Congratulations with everything you’ve accomplished both personally and on your blog. I can only hope that I inspire the amount of people you do every post :)
    .-= Jacquie´s last blog ..easy roasted chicken breasts =-.

  25. Happy Blog-irthday!! Although I don’t normally comment, I love reading your posts :-)
    .-= Tay´s last blog ..Happy [Belated] Birthday to my sister! =-.

  26. nor am I writing it to get a bunch of congratulations from everyone

    Ok, no congratulations then :)

    Seriously though, I was once a blogger in another life, and I know the motivational ups and downs that come with it, so it’s great you’ve made it this far.

    Must say that your last 50K post is inspiring me to train for my first half-marathon ever, to take place in the coming month.

  27. Matt, congratulations on your first year! It’s been inspiring reading your story– can’t wait for the next one!
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Remember that Running Thing? =-.

  28. I’m not a vegetarian….or a runner. But my husband is, so we don’t eat any meat at our house……only when we go visiting or eating out. I LOVE your blog and have been following since my husband introduced me to it a few months ago. I love the recipes…..many of which are in our regular rotation. I long to enjoy running as you do…..perhaps, in the future. Thanks for sharing your life via blogworld!

  29. As a vegan cyclist, I only happened upon your blog last fall and have enjoyed it immensely since. Great work, Matt.

  30. Way to go, Matt! Love reading whenever you write and please tell Christine thanks! Her Friday posts are ones that even my kids look forward to as I have tried some great sweets.
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..The Tulips =-.

  31. Christina says:

    Yay Matt! Love your blog! I found your blog in the fall of ’09 and haven’t stopped reading since =)

  32. I’ve been vegan for over 13 years and have always wanted to run a half marathon. I am also a Geologist and that means very long hours and very few days off. It’s hard. With the help of your blog and a vegan friend of mine in Texas conquering all sorts of running goals, I am happy to say I’m training no matter what my hours are like. I love having a goal and I love being outside and accomplishing things on my own. I’m making baby steps! Thanks for the helping hand….

    • bOBBIE, thanks so much for sharing that. It’s amazing for me to hear someone say my blog actually helps them to train more. Might not seem like a big deal, but it is to me. :)

  33. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! I am a new reader and I have been enjoying reading older posts (in addition to the new ones).

    Keep ‘em coming!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Sharing the Love! =-.

  34. I have only been reading your blog for about two weeks now, but I love it! I also enjoy posts like this one, which link back to other entries you’re proud of. I’m a bit of a “flexiterian” and I try to only local meat sources, humanely raised. I love the idea of trying vegeterianism, but my husband doesn’t eat these meals when I make them and it’s a lot of work for one person! Any ideas?
    .-= Therese´s last blog ..First day of spring? =-.

    • Therese, I think there are some flexitarian books that give lots of recipes where the meat is added at the end, so it’s easy to make vegetarian and meaty versions for the same table. Let me know if you find a good one; it’d be a good book to have around for some guests.

  35. congrats on 1 year. I am a newer vegetarian and a newer reader, and have been really enjoying your blog!

  36. What a great recap! I’ve only been following for a few months, this gives me a great idea of some of the older posts that I MUST go back and read. Inspirational stuff. I too an a No Meat Athlete (of nearly 20 years) and always enjoy hearing how poeple maximize their active vegetarian lifestyles!!! I hope I win a shirt so I can represent proudly…

  37. Happy blogiversary!! You’ve definitely had quite the year!!
    .-= Heather @ Side of Sneakers´s last blog ..Funny Fitness Pictures =-.

  38. happy 1-year anniversary matt! here is to many, many more! (raising my coffee cup to you :))
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog ..Follow the Leader =-.

  39. I’m a recent subscriber to your blog, and just wanted to thank you for sharing the “story” of this blog. You have such great recipes and tips for those athletes who would like more info about natural, whole foods that can fuel our activities. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  40. Happy blog birthday! I have no doubt that you earned all of those subscribers through your great blogging, total honesty, and hard work. Looking forward to seeing what the next year brings for NMA!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..I ♥ The Naked Chef =-.

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  42. Congratulations on your 1 year blog-iversary. I have been following for the last few months and have learned a ton. Keep up the good work!

  43. Michelle says:

    Congratulations on 1 year! I’d love to win one of your t-shirts to sport around the Chicago-land area!!!

  44. Congrats on your one year anniversary!

  45. What a wonderful review! It sounds like you have had a very sucessful year. Congrats on the baby on the way! I’d love a No Meat Athlete shirt :)

  46. Happy Blog Birthday!

  47. Congrats on a full year of blogging! I’m glad you found your running “groove” again!

  48. Congrats on one year Matt –

    As I have told you, the recipes, ideas and guidance you provide are all quite helpful. Be careful with the 5 fingers and your plantar facia. I’ve been running in Free’s since reading Born to Run and find that I have developed a small issue as those tissues and surround muscles get used to supporting a very different movement.

    Congrats again on the ultra.

    Damien

    • Thanks Damien. I hear a lot of issues like that with the VFF’s, and I’ve made a point to be very careful with increasing mileage. It’s hard to say if the ball of the foot thing I’ve had recently is the result of that. But I’ll pay special attention next time I wear them.

  49. Happy Blog-iversary..and thanks so much for everything, many good things that happened to me over the past couple of months were in one way or another prompted by your blog. Congrats to both of us! :))

  50. Happy blogiversary! I feel like this last half a year–for all blogs–have flown by! But you’ve really made a name for yourself in that time. 1000 subscribers? Wowza! That’s awesome. And I’d love to sport one of those shirts proudly(and I’d try not to eat meat while doing so ;-))
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Dark Chocolate Obsession And Declutter Your Mind =-.

  51. Love your website Matt! My favorite parts are your tips on nutrition and recipes. I have definitely incorporated chia and other natural fuel in my training thanks to you! Keep up the good work!

  52. Congrats on the Blog Birthday :) What a year! You have made some incredible changes in your life and, with the baby on the way, I’m sure theres SO much more to come! Love your blog- keep doing what you do!!
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Vegetarian Split Pea Soup =-.

  53. I hadn’t realized we have the same blogging anniversary (give or take a day). Fun stuff. Yours is better than mine, and I’d like a shirt please :)
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..Mid-week catch up =-.

  54. Congrats Matt!
    I’ve received a lot of great running tips from you that have made me a better runner!

  55. Congrats on a great year of running and taking care of yourself. I’m still waiting for the stew recipe/review, I just got Veganomicon and have only tried a couple recipes so far! :)

  56. Just found your blog today – it’s inspiring! I’ve been questioning my diet lately and am looking forward to going back and reading about your journey from the start.

  57. Love reading your blog! It is truly inspiring and I think it helps encourage others to eat better and work towards achieving their goals! Keep the motivation up!

  58. Happy Anniversary!
    .-= Blaine Moore´s last blog ..How To Race Faster by Running Tangents On Circular Courses =-.

  59. Congrats on your 1 yr. blogiversary! And, congrats on all of your accomplishments! You’ve definitely had a busy year. I love your blog and look forward to reading many more posts! :)
    .-= Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)´s last blog ..First ride outside! =-.

  60. I love your blog and I am so happy I stumbled across it. I have been a vegetarian for almost 2 months now and have never felt better! Congrats on one year!!!

  61. Congratulations Matt! Onward and upward to your next inspiring goals- reading your blog has really helped me transition to a vegetarian fitness lifestyle. Cheers!
    .-= Jade´s last blog ..Weekly Nutrition: Spring changes =-.

  62. What a wonderful post! I am on day 36 of no meat…i never ate a lot of it to begin with, but with Lent I wanted to see if I could indeed go 46 days…and that includes fish…this has been hard, but most days i dont even think about it!

  63. Congrats Matt! I have really enjoyed reading for the last year, it’s always fun to come here and see what you have to say:)
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Raw Chocolate Dip =-.

  64. Congrats on the one-year! Lots more is coming in the second year, you’d better believe it!

  65. Congrats on 1 Year! I have gotten really good tips from your blog and enjoy reading it :)

  66. I use your site in every “you can be vegan and still be an athlete” discussion I have. =) I’m running the NY marathon this year and plan on ordering and wearing your tech-T ! I love the message! Congrats on 1 year!

  67. I’ve been with you (almost) since the beginning. You are an inspiration!

  68. I’m a newer reader, but loving all your posts. So happy bloggiversary it looks like quite a year
    .-= RunToTheFinish´s last blog ..BlogHer, FoodBuzz, TweetDeck =-.

  69. I think I’ve been reading your blog since November-ish, so I appreciated the recap. I don’t know why I haven’t commented before but I’m also a graduate student who runs and is really into eating healthy and I’ve been thinking really hard about vegetarianism. I’m currently eating fish. I’m also really concerned with running injury free, as I have an injury currently. I have also been getting into vegetarian cooking too. Basically, I love your blog! Thanks!

  70. Happy blogiversary! I love your blog and I haven’t come across another one like it. it’s informative and entertaining. I shared the post about coffee’s adverse effects with my mom and we both laughed out loud and learned something very valuable. Looking forward to the next year of blogging! And I’d love a No Meat Athlete shirt, I’ve been meatless since I first learned to walk, but now I think I can use the word athletic to describe me!
    .-= Maya´s last blog ..Welcoming Natural Light in My Life! =-.

  71. Congrats Matt! You have accomplished a lot this past year! I have not been reading the entire time but yours is the only blog I subscribe to and I love it! Have you ever thought of becoming Vegan?

    Tracy

    • Hey Tracy, thanks for reading, you’ve been around a while!

      I haven’t seriously considered going completely vegan, because I really like cooking and eating out and would be sad to limit my diet even more. That said, I’ve inadvertently started cooking almost entirely vegan at home, and eating cheese only when I go out (cheese is one of very few non-vegan ingredients I still eat).
      I see it continuing to go that way in the future, but I’m not sure.

  72. You definately have had an amazing year. I’ve been a reader since around Oct so the year recap was nice. Thanks for being an inspiration and educator.

    I do have a question about barefoot running. I picked up a pair of Nike free’s a little while ago and enjoy running in them the few times I have. What’s the best way to transition into them without pushing it too far? Thanks for any advice.

    • Heather, the advice I hear everywhere is just to take it slow. Even when it feels comfortable, you still need to increase mileage very slowly. I hear about all kinds of stress fractures and plantar fasciaitis. Probably a little less an issue with the Nike Free’s than even more minimal shoes, but still something to be aware of.

      I read somewhere that someone suggested treating it like you’re building up normal running mileage. Walk around in them a few times one week. Run a mile or two in them the next week, then add no more than 10% per week to that mileage, while you maintain your other running mileage. That seems a bit extreme to me though.

  73. Keep the inspiration coming! I’ve just been getting back into running and am going to find a 5-10k in my area so that I can run my first race. Love the recap.

  74. I was late to the party but I’ve been going through your archives and it’s pretty inspirational stuff!
    .-= AndrewENZ´s last blog ..What is my goal weight and how did I set it? =-.

  75. This is a wonderful blog and resource – thanks for taking the time to put such good information out there for us! I’m vegan and have found your advice and resources to be really helpful. Hoping to Boston qualify in the next year or two, so will definitely be revisiting those posts often! Cheers!

  76. I stopped eating meat last October along with my wife, leaning more and more toward vegan. I was searching for energy drink & bar recipes and found your blog – I’m adding it to my blogroll.

  77. Happy blogiversary! I just found and started reading this blog, and I love it! I’m in high school but I have been running half marathons for a few years and recently became a vegetarian. I’m always looking for new food to try so thank you for all the great recipes!

  78. SeeKatRun says:

    Well, I love your blog anyways, but for the possibility of a free t-shirt, how could I not comment? Congrats!

  79. Hi Matt, I recently discovered your blog and am so happy to find other sporty people doing well on a no meat diet whilst still working out. I’ve been vegetarian for almost 20 years and am probably about 90% vegan with my diet now. Since 1996 I’ve been teaching group exercise classes and personal training. I love seeing other runners/instructors blog and especially those with a veg lifestyle.

    I’ve literally started fitness blogging yesterday and am looking forward to posting when I can :) Mostly I want to get into running again after a knee injury last year. Slow and steady but I’ll do it!
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Hello blogland =-.

  80. What a great 1 year recap!

    Looking forward to another year of reading.

  81. Them length of the post is no problem – totally worth it! I hope I can achieve something with the blog I recently started. You’re an inspiration!
    .-= Alisha N´s last blog ..The Best Birthday – Track =-.

  82. happy blog birthday!! I just adore reading your informative and inspirational posts! can’t wait to see what lies ahead this year!

  83. Alexandra says:

    I read your blog every day and it is too awesome! Happy Blogiversary!

  84. I really quite enjoy reading your blog. I’m new to both vegetarianism and running and your attitude and excitement are fresh and infectious! I’d love one of your t-shirts!

  85. I recently came across u’r blog and Love it !!

  86. Hey Matt, I’ve been lurking on your blog for a long time, but just wanted to comment today to say congrats on the anniversary, and thanks so much for all your posts! I look forward to reading them every day.

  87. I’m a recent vegetarian 3 weeks to date and I can’t believe how great I feel. It was great to stumble onto your blog through another as I am a triathlete with big goals and a competitive nature, and I was a little concerned about how I will do as a vegetarian. SO far it has been awesome! I am eagerly soaking up all of the info I can get my hands on. Thanks for all of your tips and experiences.

  88. Jacqueline says:

    Hey there, congrats on the anniversary! From a fellow no-meat athlete (though a cyclist, not a runner), thanks for posting the recipes you try. I have a lot of the same cookbooks, and seeing your reviews often inspires me to try the same recipes. :)

  89. I have been living as a vegetarian for the last three months and feel great.

  90. What a great year!
    Things I love about your blog: pictures of your dogs, honest running tips, healthy desserts, inspiration, a recipe for any day of the week, terrible puns

    Thanks for everything you put into this blog!

  91. congrats on a fabulous year!!! i don’t think i’ve been reading that long, but i really enjoy coming here to experience all of these things with you :) i may not be completely no-meat, but consumption is way down!! keep up the good work!
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Amazing Pancakes =-.

  92. congrats! that’s a major accomplishment :] keep writing awesome and inspiring stories and i’ll be back to read them!!!

  93. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been a no meat athlete for just over a year, and it feels great! Love the blog, and would love a t-shirt!

  94. congratulations on your journey and transformation. isn’t that what life is about – the process of progress?
    keep your chin up, and things will only continue to fall in line :)
    and congrats about your beautiful wife and new addition!
    -r
    .-= rebekah (clarity in creation.)´s last blog ..obsession, a success, and a FAIL =-.

  95. Congrats on a great first year! It goes without saying that your blogs have greatly influenced mine (at least in style…I’d never run Boston). Thank you so much for all your help over the past 12 months!
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Taste Test: Yoplait’s Greek Yogurt =-.

  96. Awesome blog, Matt! It’s neat to read the lives of people with similar lifestyles and beliefs. As funny as this may sound coming from a fellow runner and vegetarian, reading your blog keeps me accountable. It’s a little reminder of “Oh yeah! This is how I want to live my life!” when things start to slip. Thanks so much. Your recipes are super delicious, too!

  97. I just want to say how excited I am to have actually found your site. I did a random Google search for “Hemp Oil Smoothie” and found your site. I have been a pesce vegetarian for 2 years now and am looking to make the jump to vegan. After reading Daniel Pike’s book “Drive” I’ve decided to live with “no excuses” and get back to running.

    I added your blog to my RSS feeds immediately. This weekend I plan to look over all of your articles and gain more insight and inspiration. Thank you!

    • Hi Joe. Nice to meet you. I love to get fellow veggie runners on board. (And even though I don’t eat fish anymore, I think pesce/veg. is a very healthy way to live.)

      I’ve never heard of that book, but it sounds motivating, even just from the title and the fact that it got you wanting to run. I’ll look it up. Thanks!

  98. Brittney says:

    Matt,
    Congrats on making the one year mark! I don’t even really remember how I got started reading your blog but am grateful none the less. I love the running encouragement, fun and healthy recipes, and LOVE trying out Christine’s amazing sweet and healthy treats! Keep writing…can’t wait for baby pics!

  99. happy bloggiversary matt! can’t wait to “see” baby NMA! :)

  100. I’ve been lurking here since seeing a fellow runner sporting one of your shirts at a Turkey Day race. Your blog has been so useful as a resource guide and inspriation as I’ve been adopting a vegetarian diet and training for my first marathon. Best of all, your sarcasm and self-depreciating humor makes the blog a fun read!

  101. I can’t believe you’ve only been writing this blog for a year! You have developed such a great following and strong/distinct voice. Keep up the great work!!
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..Speed Demon! =-.

  102. Wow. It looks like you have accomplished quite a bit! Although I’m not a vegetarian and don’t plan on becoming one, I still love reading your blog for vegetarian recipes and of course, running stories. This past year, I made a promise to myself to eat less meat, and so far, I have cut it down to 1-2 times a week. Your site has been an inspiration. Thanks!
    .-= Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete´s last blog ..FitBloggin’ Conference Recap =-.

  103. I’ve really enjoyed your blog and the perspective you bring to no-meat athleting! I’ve passed your page on to a number of people, and am looking forward to this year and the years to come! Congrats on a successful, positive and POPULAR blog!
    .-= chrissy´s last blog ..recipe: apple pie =-.

  104. RhodeyGirl says:

    Please please please tell me I am not too late to enter!!!!!! I am a lurker and am not sure I have ever left a comment!

    I love your blog and it is a serious inspiration to me.
    .-= RhodeyGirl´s last blog ..03.25.10 =-.

  105. Hi Matt,

    I have only recently started following your blog over the past few weeks but I am so glad that I stumbled upon it. I find myself checking back each day for your latest post. I love hearing about your training and race recaps and of course the little bundle of joy. Seriously, how ironic is the due date? You probably couldn’t have planned that better if you tried. ;)

    Sometimes it can feel a little bit like you’re late to the party when you haven’t followed a blog from the start so I truly loved your one year wrap up post! I really didn’t have time to go back to read every one of your past posts ~ although I did consider it ~ in a completely non-stalker way, of course.

    In any case, keep on the keeping on. You’re an inspiration in more ways than you know!

  106. I just found your blog and love it. I am a runner and mostly vegetarian. I love the recipes on your site and look forward to many more.

  107. Wow, I can’t believe a year has gone by already! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog one day; it’s been a real inspiration. I love reading all your posts and always look forward when I see a new one has been posted. Keep up the awesomeness :)

  108. You really are a great inspiration!
    If I don’t win a shirt I’m buying one anyway…so there! :)

  109. wow 1 year! ahh i love your shirts even though I’m a vegetarian but not a huge runner

  110. In college, I was an offensive lineman on the football team. I weighed about 255 lbs. and ended up gaining about 10 lbs. when I was done playing in 2006. Today- I weigh somewhere around 185. I ate as much meat as I possibly could. I always learned that I needed to eat meat to maintain my playing weight and get proper protein, yadda yadda yadda.

    Well, as time has passed, Ive given up things. It first started with red meat. I noticed a difference in my health, but I was still eating a ton of turkey and chicken.

    Recently, Ive been training for my 1st marathon (already did a half). I came across your sight and have since giveup up all meat and try to eat as fresh as I can. My goal is to eat nothing from a factory package.

    Why do I tell you all of this?

    Because you shold know that I have found your site very helpful, entertaining, inspiring, and interesting. Please keep this thing going for many years to come!

  111. I just discovered your blog recently, but congrats on your one year mark!
    As a vegetarian and wannabe runner, I love reading your blog and find it so useful. I look forward to reading more.

  112. i want a tshirt!

  113. Loved this LONG post. It was worth all the extra minutes. Loved the way you re-capped your year, your journey, and your progress. Very cool. I went vegan over 2 years ago and love the comraderie I feel in your blog. I just ran the LA Marathon totally fueled by the power of plants. I’ve felt nothing but strong, fit, super-powered, and kinder to my world and all the creatures on it since going vegan. You keep running and writing and I’ll keep reading.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..What’s Next??? =-.

  114. congrats on the 1 year!
    .-= N.D.´s last blog ..good eats =-.

  115. I don’t know that I’ve ever commented, but I love your blog! I’m not a full blown vegetarian, but love anything veggie and would love a shirt! I’m running my first marathon on 4/24/10 (I’ve done two halfs) and am suffering from some serious knee pain, your blog is an inspiration that I will get through it. Congrats!

  116. I am tucked away in the Dutch countryside on a residential course, so not been online much and missed the birthday.

    I love this blog because you make veggie food fun and some great running tips.

    Keep it up!

  117. Congratulations! You got a very nice blog. Your posts inspired me a lot. Thank you for featuring vegan athletes in your blog.
    .-= Sand Sock Girl´s last blog ..“LADIES, LET’S GO FISHING!” – Fishing Seminar April 23-25 =-.

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