I’m tackled the California International Marathon last year – my first marathon! And even better, I’m did it on a 100% plant-based diet. I’m ran the marathon with Team Veg, a group of runners in the Sacramento area who were committed to going 100% plant-based for the run.
You can get all of my marathon training details here:
Check out some of my races from last year. Yes, I get competitive, but I’m not trying to be the best runner in the world, I do it because I love it. Races are exciting and a lot of fun, but I actually love all the training leading up to the race a tiny bit more than race day.
1. Shamrock’n Half Marathon/March 17, 2013
Thoughts: This race was one of my all time favorites. Maybe it was because it was the beautiful day, maybe it was because Eric and I got into the groove and ran the whole thing together, or maybe it was just so much better than running the marathon, which was my last race – whatever it was, it rocked!
Results: Total Time – 1:53
Pace – 8:25/mile
Lessons: Letting the body rest is sometimes better than the train-only mentality. I’m not saying that I couldn’t have better if I trained harder – I certainly would have – but listening to my body, especially when coming from another race or injury, is so important.
1. Portland First Run/ January 1, 2012
Thoughts: The only thought I had here was finish, finish, finish. The race started immediately after the New Year’s Eve countdown. I think that if you are used to practicing and racing in the mornings, your body has a hard time adjusting to running so late at night. And again, it was also New Year’s Eve, so Eric and I had a cocktail earlier that day and didn’t eat properly. Something I would have never done if it was a regular day! I was dehydrated and tired. Needless to say, I did not do my best. But I was so happy to greet the new year with health and fitness on my mind.
Results: Total time – 25:36
Pace – 8:12
Lessons: Even if you are running just for fun, prepare for the race, and most importantly, don’t ever ever have a cocktail the day of (or prior to) your run, even if it’s New Years Eve.
2. Lou Gehrig 10K /January 7, 2012
Thoughts: This was a gorgeous January day. I got my first ever 1st place finish in my age group, and a PR. Fleet Feet awarded 1st and 2nd place finishers a nice training shirt. I am sure this will be a race I will never forget I am not a really fast runner – I like to push myself more with distance than speed, but I’m beginning to realize that I really like running the 10K . It gives me enough time to warm up but the shorter distance allows me to keep a good pace and push hard to the finish.
Results: Total time – 48:59
Pace – 7:53
Lessons: Always bring an ibuprofen for a post-race emergency. There are usually first aid stations, but not always at the small races. I needed one after the race today, and was out of luck.
3. Run to Rebuild the McKinley Playground/September 8, 2012
Thoughts: First race with Team Veg. Running alongside my teammates was a really fun way of kicking off the CIM training season. We are all motivated more than ever to run together as vegans and spread the world about being a vegan athlete. I wasn’t really going for a PR anything, just wanted to run for fun. But of course, by the 2nd mile, I had the urge to start speeding up. I guess I take this run as a combination of a fun run and fartlek.
Results: Total time – 26:08
Pace – 8:25
Lessons: It’s ok to have fun at a race; it doesn’t have to be about the PR all the time.
4. California International Marathon/December 2nd, 2012
Thoughts: First marathon – I am so happy I did it. Will I do it again? Yes! Soon? No. Next time I will break 4 hours.
Results: Total time – 4 hours 26 minutes
Lessons: Need to prepare a bit more mentally now that I know what to expect. Loosen up before the run and stretch while muscles are warm. Going into a long distance race with tight muscles will lead to major discomfort during and after the race.