Posted: 22/12/2013 at 15:47
Mr Muddy and I have recently gone vegan (3 weeks in). We decided to test it out, see how we feel and see how it affects us (positively or negatively) before taking a longer term decision. We've done it primarily for environmental reasons (the impact of the meat and dairy industry is massive), but are contemplating whether substituting local, free range meat is environmentally more sustainable than beans/soya imported from South America etc.
Anyway, the question i wanted to ask is about how other vegans (or veggies) feel when they run? I've been for a few runs now, only short ones (3-5 miles) and I've felt completely exhausted. I feel like I lack energy, particularly when running in the evening.
I've been for a bike ride and a run today and I actually felt OK (a very good run in fact, one of my best times). But I think that's mainly because I went out straight after eating breakfast. However I clocked my slowest ever Park Run time yesterday (didn't have time for breakfast) and had to cut short my Thursday night run.
So on Thursday I had a bagel with nut butter for breakfast (at 6:30), sweet potato/corn patties with veggies for lunch at 12:30 (felt super full afterwards) then ran at 6:45 and felt like I'd hit the wall after 2 miles, at which point I turned around. I do feel hungry almost all of the time.
I suspect that some of this is just my body adapting and working out what to eat, when. I'm reading Eat & Run by Scott Jurek, to see if he has any ideas (as he clearly doesn't have any issues with energy!) but if any vegan runners can give me an idea of what they eat and how much i'd really appreciate it as I'm struggling. Other than the lack of energy and feeling hungry I do feel good. But I want to be able to keep running and to be able to run/bike longer than a few miles.