A Vegan Marathon and Chef Challenge

You are looking at a brand new pair of shoes – New Balance Minimus runners in dark grey and what I would call highlighter yellow. I broke them in this morning, and we already bonded. So light and flexible, and with just the right amount of integrity. I hope this morning’s experience was just the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

I get a new pair of running shoes every year, but I’m especially excited about this pair because I’m using them to train for and ultimately  run my 1st Marathon! 

A marathon made my goal list this January and I’m more excited than ever. It’s now 16 weeks before the  California International Marathon (CIM)  and I’m ready to rock and roll. “Ready” as in ready to train, not ready to run.

The training draws me in as much as the actual race – long morning runs make me appreciate stillness and solitude, with time to both think and stay present. Speed work, tempo runs and hills are painful, but slowly building strength and endurance is rewarding, and in a slightly twisted way, fun.

One of the best parts of training for this particular event, is that I found “Team Veg”. Our team will be running the marathon on a 100% plant based diet by race day. The athlete behind this whole operation is Jed Soliz, an (almost) vegan competitive runner with a great deal of racing experience. You can find Team Veg on Facebook or the Meetup.

Not only will this be my first marathon, but it will be my first marathon as a vegan superfoodie! A vegan superfood diet is anti-inflammatory, which is especially helpful in reducing injuries. I will also be creating my own Pilates conditioning program geared toward improving running efficiency, speed, strength, and helping me stay injury-free. Expect to see posts about my meals and training as I get into the deep trenches of marathon training. Leave me a comment if there is something specific you’d like to know.

And on a related note, I have another exciting announcement – Sacramento’s Vegan Chef Challenge will make it’s second an annual appearance in October.

In case you missed last year’s Vegan Chef Challenge, put together by the Sacramento Vegan Challenge , was  huge success! This year, Sacramento chefs will have another opportunity to showcase their talent by creating vegan dishes to serve at their restaurants throughout the month of October, and lucky us, we get to taste them.

This event is a blast, even if you’re not vegan – with decadent options such as last year’s Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake, created by Chef Raphael of Capitol Garage, you will want to give this year’s challenge a taste.

2011 participating restaurant and one of my favorites.
Photo courtesy of Downtowngrid.

As we gear up for the challenge, I would love for you to chime in.

What restaurant would you like to see accept the Vegan Chef Challenge?

Leave a comment below.

Many exciting things to come, see you all very soon!

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  1. Tyna Chua
    Posted August 3, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Chef’s Table in Rocklin (I don’t know the rules-does it have to be technically “Sacramento”?)

    • Posted August 3, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      Yes, participating restaurants will have to be in the Sacramento area. I googled the Chef’s Table, looks like a great place – definately could use some vegan options 😉

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