Sunday, April 21, 2013

Celebrity Spotlight: Scott Jurek

Today was such an exciting day!  My sister-in-law Jaime and I attended VegFest, organized by VegMichigan.  It's a vegan expo featuring restaurants, bakeries, health food experts, cooking demos, natural products and clothing, and national presenters.  This year the featured speakers were former Piston John Salley (whom I met last year), PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard, comedy writer Carol Leifer, and (drum roll) Scott Jurek!  I couldn't believe it when VegMichigan announced that Scott Jurek would be there this year!  I was going to meet Scott Jurek!

I blogged about Scott last summer when I read his book Eat and Run.  I was inspired by his ability to run 50 and 100-milers - and to do it on a vegan diet.  He is the reason I'm running a full marathon this year. 

When Scott presented he was so down to earth and laid-back.  Because it has been such a difficult week for the running community, he started out by having the audience do the "rebel yell" written about in Born to RunThen he showed us a video with pictures of him that showed his transition from meat-eating non-runner to where he is today.  He used that to set the stage for his presentation and referred back to it often.  

As he talked he made several key points that I think are important for someone transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan diet:
  • Fuel - He likened your body to a car and said you only want to fill your body with the best food (whole foods, organic fruits and vegetables); just like you'd only want to fill your car with the best fuel.
  • Integration vs. elimination (a.k.a. "Wow, look at all these new foods I can eat!")
  • Quantity - eat enough food
  • Quality - get more plants
He also talked about the make-up of his 5,000 calorie-a-day diet (that's a LOT of plants!), which consists of 50-60% carbs, 20-30% fat, and 15-20% protein.  Then he answered some audience questions, during which time he addressed specific questions related to running.  His final question was about egg replacers in baking.  He prefers ground flax or chia seeds unless he wants a nice fluffy texture - for that he uses Ener-G.  

Then Jaime and I hurried out to get in line for an autograph.  Oh boy was I nervous!!  I couldn't wait to meet him!  I knew my time was short so I kept going over and over in my head what I would say!  Well, actually I kept saying it out loud to Jaime.  Poor Jaime.  When I finally got to meet him I shook his hand, told him I loved his book and that he inspired me to sign up for a full marathon.  He said, "Why stop there?  A 50K is right around the corner!"  I was so nervous I just laughed.  Then he signed my book - most AMAZING autograph ever!  (It means I pass a lot of guys at races - ha ha!)

Then, as if that wasn't exciting enough, he even let me sneak around the table for a quick photo.  What a great guy!

Jaime and I had planned to stay for John Salley and Neal Barnard but we were too excited so we left after meeting Scott!  And exhausted.  Best.  Day.  Ever.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

On the Run: Martian Invasion of Races Half Marathon 2013

I've been sitting on this post all week.  After the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, I felt selfish posting about my own race.  But races are events to be celebrated and shared.  I've kept this one simple.

Last Saturday I ran my 5th Martian Half Marathon.  Due to heavy rains during the week leading up to the race, much of the course was under water.  The runners were rerouted off of Hines Drive through some of the surrounding neighborhoods.  It was a nice change of scenery and kept things interesting because, save for the first and last few miles, I wasn't sure what was coming next.

The temperature was decent for a long run but because of the wind and occasional rain and sleet, it certainly seemed a lot colder than it actually was.  I wanted to run the race about a minute faster than I did to beat my time from Gross Ile.  Even though that didn't happen, I did come in 2nd in my age group, 9th female, and 92nd overall out of nearly 2,000 runners. 
Age Group Award
I also ran the Kids' Marathon with the the Girl's Running Club from school.  The girls had been training for weeks, logging their miles, getting ready for their big finish.  I was so proud of them and excited to run their final 1.2 miles with them after my race! 






Vanilla Chia Pudding (this recipe, minus the cocoa), banana


Off to the Races / Lana del Rey
It Gets Better / fun.
Paris (Ooh La La) / Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Designer Drug / Mayer Hawthorne
Can't Hold Us Back / Macklemore
The Man That Never Was / Rick Springfield 
I Will Wait / Mumford & Sons
Heart Attack / Raphael Saadiq
Where Have You Been / Rihanna
Michael Praytor, 5 Years Later / Ben Folds Five
Never Go Back / Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Ain't Messin 'Round / Gary Clark, Jr.
Work Around It / Them Swoops
So Good / B.o.B.
Get Ready / Mayer Hawthorne
Babel / Mumford & Sons
Felt / Garbage
We Come Running / Youngblood Hawke
Everybody Talks / Neon Trees
Change / Churchill
One More Night / Maroon 5
Something Good Can Work / Two Door Cinema Club
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor / Arctic Monkeys
I Knew You Were Trouble / Taylor Swift
The Antidote / St. Vincent
Radioactive / Imagine Dragons

Next race: Back to the Beach Half Marathon - May 19th