That is the simple answer, to those ask. Let me give you a little background about me and why I decided to start blogging. I took up distance running about three years ago on a whim. I was sitting at my desk at a 8-4 job and was gaining weight. Looking back 10 years and almost 30 lbs. ago I needed to do something to get healthy. On a whim I was signed up for my first marathon. My training wasn’t as serious as it should have been but my weight was down and I was feeling much healthier. The Baltimore Marathon was my first, I’ve completed two more since then and will be running again this year after skipping last year.
The next few years would be an on again off again relationship with running. Then on Oct 25, 2014 I decided to get serious about running and a healthier lifestyle! The previous year had been pretty bad in terms of running; dropped out of races, poor training, and started to put on the lbs. again, mostly due to unhealthy eating habits. Stepping on the scale was becoming scary and something needed to be done to get back in shape, all my running friends were getting faster and I was struggling to stay at the same pace.
On Oct 25, 2014 my run streak started with a friend in Central Park, NYC. We had decided to visit there for my birthday. We were both hungover from a party at her house the night before but we really wanted to run. I didn’t tell her till the next day I was going to start a year long running streak or that I was going to become a vegetarian (after 32 years of eating meat and loving it), that came the following day. She was a vegetarian and a bit surprised when I told her I would be giving it a go, one of the first things she said to me was “You can be a vegetarian and still eat unhealthy, you need to focus on eating healthy as well!” Until then I didn’t think of it like that and would need to take her advice into consideration; thinking about it there are plenty of things you can eat that don’t have meat but are high in carbs, sugar, sodium, fats, etc. So I started to pay attention to those things as well.
The run streak and becoming a vegetarian (at least for a year, but not sure if I’ll go back) was really about the challenge myself to even see if I could do it. So far it has been a great experience! The other day one of my friends, KBT (mentioned on another blog site), who runs with me and dates Picky Runner said I should blog about my experiences, so here I am. I’ll do my best to keep you entertained and hopefully give you some motivation to get out and run or achieve your own goals. Since I’m on day #228 of the running streak this blog won’t always be chronological, but I will do my best to make it easy to read.
I look forward to sharing my experience with those who choose to read my blog and maybe see some of you out on the streets logging some miles!
-Veggie Fueled Runner