On the first day of summer, in honor of most No Meat Athlete shirts being back in stock (finally!), I figured it was time for another round of fun photos people have either emailed to me or shared on our Facebook page this spring.
As I started to comb through the 100+ photos you all had submitted, I recognized a theme. Plenty of the photos were the standard race day shots — which are great; keep ’em coming — but a larger number than usual were just slightly wacky. Is this how all runners act in the springtime, or could there be something in the quinoa?
Here are my favorites, in no particular order. You’ll see that not all are nuts, but most are. Keep it up!
Michael, “carrying the torches” on his way to a 128th place (out of 1700) finish at Litchfield Hills Road Race — at age 48:
Two muddy NMA kiddos, having just finished their first race:
Ray, who got some mean carrot ink done, the third NMA tattoo in existence (that we know of):
Jeff, who inexplicably “lost his shoes” in the Lincoln Half Marathon:
Julie’s seitan and veggie pot pie (technically from the winter, not spring):
Nina on the Great Wall of China:
Sarah with Biggest Loser Trainer Dolvette Quince at the SELF Workout in the Park Chicago (I haven’t watched the show in years — I know trainer Bob used to be vegan, but is Dolvette?):
Several of our Facebook fans requested an Unlike button for this Tebowing shot, but I think what we really need is a Love button:
Richard, after a 2 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 squats while wearing a 20-pound weight vest in 1 hour and 24 minutes. Hardcore:
My buddy Pete, running down (and all the way back up) the Grand Canyon:
Thanks for sending the photos, everyone, including the dozens upon dozens not included here. NMA fans are the best!
And of course, if you’ve been waiting around for NMA shirts to be available, now’s your chance! Check out the No Meat Athlete store to see the full selection, including the carrot-less (collective gasp!) stamp-logo shirts. And don’t forget to join our new store newsletter while you’re there.
We’ve been thinking for a long time about having some sort of monthly Facebook contest, where whoever submits the best photo (judged on number of Likes, maybe?) would get something not-really-that-awesome, like maybe their picture as our cover photo (any will be better than our current one!).
Anyway, if you’ve got ideas for a fun contest or a good prize, we’d love to hear them in the comments.
PCRM’s vegRUN Program
One more quick thing to tell you about — our friends at Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine recently launched a brand new program for vegetarians and vegans who want to train for a half or full marathon while also supporting PCRM’s cause.
It’s called vegRUN, and they chose to use my training programs from Marathon Roadmap and Half Marathon Roadmap as the main training plans, which is quite an honor! Several (much cooler) celebrity coaches are contributing too, including Brendan Brazier, Scott Jurek, Rich Roll, Rip Esselstyn and Christine Vardaros.
It’s not for any particular race, just a nice resource for plant-based runners looking to run a race this fall, with training plans, recipes, connection with the community through forums — and of course, it all supports a great cause.
Click here to learn more about the vegRUN program!