Sometimes forgetting to wear my Garmin Forerunner during a run is a blessing in disguise. Once in a while, I find it refreshing to just run free and detached, in the moment, and not know my exact pace or mileage.
However, last month I was in a competition among friends to see who could log the most activities on the Plus 3 Network, a free site that donates money to non-profits for logging runs and activities. Forgetting my watch meant possibly losing out on valuable kudos that directly translates into more money going to charities and non-profits. Logging your activities on this site is simple as it allows for direct uploads from a Garmin as well as the capability to log activities manually.
The friendly competition kept me motivated for the whole month to log activities, and I found I was enjoying my runs more since I was logging activities with a purpose. After logging a few runs on my Garmin, I would eagerly upload them to the site to see how many kudos I have accumulated. The quantitative side of me was amazed with the increase of my number of active days, and time spent running and doing other active activities. At the end of the month, I reached a new personal best in logging the most activities I had ever logged on the site.
There are several virtual networks that can be used for motivation in running and training. For the running communities out there, there are several good websites that my fellow SFM Ambassadors and I have come across.
DailyMile is a running social network that allows you to track your workouts, map your routes, compete with friends, as well as connect with others to […]
A little more than 2 years ago, I switched over to a plant based (vegan) diet. When people first hear this, one of the biggest questions I get is, “Where do you get your protein?”
My typical response is that I get protein from soy products like tofu, beans, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. Upon further investigation, I have learned that the vegan diet can supply all essential and nonessential amino acids from plant foods alone and that protein from these sources is lower in saturated fat and has higher levels of fiber and antioxidants.
One of the things I was concerned about initially was how this new diet would affect my running. Would a completely plant based diet provide all the necessary vitamins and nutrients I need? Would it provide me with enough fuel and energy to keep me sustained during workouts and training? I love good food – would I still enjoy eating? I found the answer to these questions to be an overwhelming yes!
Though I was a little hesitant at first, it wasn’t until I read about Scott Jurek, a top ultra marathoner, who has adopted a plant based diet and how it helped him in his athletic pursuits, that I realized that there could also be some significant athletic gains made from this type of diet.
Not that there was anything wrong with me before, but a while after adopting the plant based diet, I just seemed to feel better, have more energy, and recover quicker from workouts.
A guideline I follow is to maintain a diet that is balanced, varied, and adequate. Since I am burning a lot of calories when training, I make sure I am eating enough calories throughout the day […]