One hundred miles. In under 13 hours. That’s seven minutes and 46 seconds per mile, for 100 of them.
My mind is blown every time I think about that. What makes it all the more incredible — or, in Mike Arnstein’s eyes, what made it possible — is that he reached this elite level of ultrarunning with a simple diet of raw fruits and vegetables.
You may know Mike as the Fruitarian. In addition to his spectacular 12:57.45 100-mile time (the 7th fastest in history by an American), his impressive resume includes wins at the Vermont 100 and the Javelina Jundred, a 135-mile Badwater finish and 153-mile Spartathlon finish, and a pair of 2:28 marathons at Boston and NYC.
Today I’m excited to share another interview clip, this one part of a new No Meat Athlete Academy seminar titled “Natural Workout Nutrition” where Mike shares his strategies for fueling before, during, and after his demanding workouts and races with so clean a plant-based diet.
In the clip, you’ll hear about his unorthodox post-race recovery food and an interesting technique for helping to regulate your electrolyte intake during races:
(If you’re reading by email or in an RSS reader, use this link to watch the video.)
The Academy opens on Wednesday, when the full, hour-long interview with Mike will be live and downloadable for members, complete with notes and a next actions worksheet. If you’d like me to send you an email update as soon as it is, sign up here.
In the meantime, check out Mike’s ultrarunning talk from the Woodstock Fruit Festival — his non-profit raw food event in the Adirondacks, which this year is a two-week long festival in August. I’ll be there for first week with my wife and kids, and I’ll also be giving a talk or two and leading a run! I’ve heard it’s a blast and we’re really looking forward to it.
Lots More Details about the Academy
In case you missed yesterday’s post, the No Meat Athlete Academy idea came about when I realized three things:
- People have a lot of frustrations when it comes to their diet, lifestyle, and fitness goals that keep them from really thriving in their active, plant-based lifestyle
- There are so many amazing experts in the plant-based fitness community, each with their own unique approach
- Blog posts and podcast interviews just aren’t enough for people who want to make serious progress — there’s not enough depth or continuity as we can have in a dedicated, private setting
The big difference between Academy content and what you get on the blog or a podcast is that the information here is focused, in-depth, and actionable — one main topic or theme to each seminar, plus supporting materials and the chance to get answers to your questions about each seminar’s topic. The first month’s topic was author Sid Garza-Hillman’s small-steps approach to health, this month’s is natural sports nutrition with Mike Arnstein.
Future topics will likely include:
- attaining your healthiest weight
- injury-free running, even at high mileage
- quick, simple, and healthy meals and snacks
- how to create a meal plan to support your goals
- finding the time to fit it all in
- how to stay motivated and energized
In the seminars with guests, we’re not going for casual chit-chat and life stories — we’re sharing how our guests get results, and how you can apply that knowledge to your life … whether in diet, fitness, habits, or lifestyle.
More details? Here’s what membership in the NMA Academy includes, each month:
Education – each month’s content is based around at least one audio seminar or webinar, usually with the help of a guest expert, about a specific topic within plant-based diet, fitness and sports, or healthy lifestyle. These sessions are the core of the content, and they’re action-oriented and focused.
Followup Q&A on the Month’s Topic – a Q&A session (often with the guest), so you can get answers to your questions about the seminar topic.
Monthly General Q&A Session – a general Q&A session with me. While the questions here can focus on the month’s seminar topic, they don’t have to. This is your chance to get advice or get unstuck with anything related to diet, fitness, lifestyle, and mindset, or just hang out for an hour with like-minded folks and listen to the discussion.
Private Forums – Academy members also have access to private, members-only forums where you can connect with like-minded fellow members (you’ll see these forums at the bottom of the public forums). Besides the conversation with a vibrant, passionate community of members, this is also the place where you’ll submit Q&A questions or suggestions for future topics and guests you’d like to see in the Academy.
Got it? The Academy Opens this Wednesday!
Two hundred previous NMA customers got in a month early to help me make the Academy great, and now we’re just about ready to go public with it. Current No Meat Athlete readers will get a special price that won’t be available to anyone else after the end of the month, and I’ll have all the details tomorrow.
If you’re not already on the NMA newsletter list and you’d like to get email updates about the Academy, you can go here to sign up for that.
See you tomorrow!
The Kickstart Plan includes:
- A 7-day meal plan, built around the foods worth eating every single day
- 14 of our favorite recipes that pack in the nutrition, taste great, and are easy to make
- Focused on simplicity and speed, to minimize stress and time commitment