I’ve never thought of myself as a runner so I’m always surprised when I’m asked a running question. I get the usual questions:
- How many miles do you run every week?
- Do you eat a lot of carbs?
- Oh my, you are vegan and run too? Are you sure you eating enough protein?
- Why do you run? Do you like it?
- How long is a marathon? (my personal favorite!)
- What shoes do you wear?
I run a lot and yes I love it, especially trail running. I run so I can eat as much food as I want. Lance Armstrong is also vegan and if he can LIVESTRONG on a vegan diet, I can too! I eat only whole wheat pasta and bread, and yes I get enough protein, and yes I eat a lot of tofu! I wear a neutral running shoe with a low heal. I’m working towards wearing minimal shoes. And every single marathon is 26.2 miles long and I run a 10.5 -11 minute mile. So I need around 4 and half hours to run a marathon.
I know this sounds crazy but new adult runners need to re-learn how to run. The passage of time erases muscle memory. In 2011, I re-learned how to run. I suffered a stress fracture training for a Spring Marathon and my recovery led me to The Running Institute. I worked with Earl Wenk and Ron Warhurst to change the mechanics of my stride.
There is a cheaper way to re-learn how to run and that is the 100-up. I wish someone had mentioned it to me about 10 years ago. New York Times Article: “The Once and Future Way to Run” has a great link to a video about the 100-up and has many great graphics for new runners.