Despite all the science and reports to the contrary, there are a lot of people who share the common misconception that a plant-based diet won’t provide an athlete the proper nutrition or protein needed to meet the rigors of training for a marathon or ultra marathon.
And even if you convince someone to entertain the thought that you can fuel your running and training with a plant-based diet, pointing to the more well-known vegan runners like Scott Jurek, Brendan Brazier or Rich Roll only exacerbates the issue. For most people, successful vegan distance runners like those guys are outliers or anomalies.
Those guys have accomplished seemingly super human feats like winning Ironman triathlons or setting 24 hour US running records or running around the Hawaiian islands. To the average runner, pointing to those guys’ diets as examples to follow is akin to saying that Puma shoes will make you as fast as Usain Bolt.
This is where Matt Frazier comes in.
Since founding the blog No Meat Athlete in 2009, Matt has built a strong community of plant-based runners made up of people from all walks of life. Matt’s Everyman approach to training on a plant based diet makes it seem not only attainable, but through his here-is-what-works-for-me approach, he also makes it sensible and almost easy. With each blog post he publishes, Matt gives his readers the sense that if he can be a plant-based runner, so can they.
That’s not to say Matt isn’t an accomplished runner himself.
During the early days of the No Meat Athlete blog Matt qualified for the Boston Marathon. He has also since run a handful of ultra marathons and completed a 100 mile race this past summer. Those are pretty big feathers in any runner’s cap no matter how you slice it. But the more you read Matt’s posts on No Meat Athlete, the more you feel like this guy isn’t all that different than you. Through his writing style, you get the feeling that if he can do all this incredible stuff, maybe you can too.
Recently Matt has published his first book: No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest Happiest Self.
The book picks up right where the blog leaves off.
It’s approachable, informative and encouraging. Primarily broken up into two parts – nutrition and running – you have everything you need to either boost your plant-based running or kick the tires on becoming a plant-based runner. With 5K, 10K and half marathon training plans and over 50 healthy plant-based recipes, it’s perfect for any runner. Whether you’re a big fan of the No Meat Athlete site or if you’re curious about how running on plants can improve all aspects of your life, I highly recommend you pick up a copy today.
Matt is currently out on the road on a cross country book tour and I was able to catch up with him a couple of weeks back to ask him a few questions.
In the interview below, we talk a little bit about how No Meat Athlete started, how Matt has created habits that allow him to fit running and healthy eating into his busy schedule and how he is maintaining his diet on the road.