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13 Jun Be a VegRUNner!

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Be a VegRUNner!

As can be seen by The College Greens’ previous posts about triathlons, marathons, and early morning workouts, I am an athlete.  And first and foremost, I am a runner.  I fell in love with running back in middle school, when cross-country team “distance running” meant one and a half miles.  These days, my running takes me a lot further, both in distance and in personal gain.  Running is my morning meditation, my release, my mantra.  It is my daily dose of fresh air and freedom—my own personal prescription for health and happiness :)

This summer, my love of running has teamed up with my plant-strong passions and brought me to an awesome organization on the forefront of the plant-based movement: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, or PCRM for short.  I’m here as the VegRUN intern, helping a team to develop and promote a fantastic program for plant-based athletes.  The VegRUN program is pretty simple in concept, but don’t let that fool you, the benefits that can be gained through participation are many and massive.  Here’s the scoop: Participants pay a $25 sign-up fee, which grants them access to a website where they can find tips, advice, and recipes from the program coaches (seventeen different fitness experts and professional athletes), as well as entrance into an exclusive facebook group where you can meet and interact with the VegRUN team, coaches, and other plant-based athletes.  Here, you can find a supportive community where you can share photos, success stories, and challenges, and discuss training with one another.

The program has an amazing line-up of coaches, including Engine 2’s very own Rip Esselstyn (!!!), as well as other plant-based superstars like Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll, Scott Jurek, Matt Frazier, Christine Vardaros, and Robert Cheeke.  PCRM’s Director of Nutrition, who is also Board Certified in Sports Dietetics, is also on the VegRUN team, offering “fit facts” and advice to participants.

Dr. Barnard and Susan VegRUN

Whether you’re an experienced runner or just looking to get started, you have a lot to gain from the VegRUN program.  Participants can train for any distance or type of race, from 5ks to 50ks and triathlons.  However, if you’re doing a half or full marathon, there is the added bonus of free access to Matt Frazier’s No Meat Athlete half marathon and full marathon training roadmaps!

AND—You didn’t think this could get any better, did you? Well lucky you, it does!—as you’re training better than ever and enjoying the amassing benefits of being a VegRUNner, you’ll be supporting PCRM’s lifesaving work!!  PCRM is an amazing organization that has made great strides in the plant-based movement and is always continuing to work towards even greater improvements.  The founder and president, Dr. Neal Barnard, has written a number of books on the topic of nutrition and health—his most recent publication being Power Foods for the Brain, which explains how to preserve your memory and prevent Alzheimer’s.  Funds raised through the VegRUN program will go towards PCRM’s general nutrition work, which includes their Healthy School Lunches Campaign, Food For Life Program, Vegan Kick-start Programs, Hospital and Airport Food Reports, and clinical research relating to the role of nutrition in health.  And not only do you support these wonderful projects, but there’s an incentive for you, too!  The individual and team who raise the most money will be awarded with a prize basket full of super cool paraphernalia from the VegRUN coaches!!

Is this sounding plant-tastically fantastic?! That’s because it is.  Seriously.  Whether you already love running or want to give it a try, this is a great opportunity to benefit yourself as well as support a great cause.

Herbie hugs all around! <3

Tara :)

PS-  You can sign up for the VegRUN program here!

And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at tkemp@pcrm.org.

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The College Greens
The College Greens

The College Greens: Tara, Jenna, and Craig. Tara is a junior at Bucknell University, currently majoring in Education and minoring in Creative Writing, and planning to do a nutrition program upon graduation. Jenna is a sophomore attending Duquesne University, and she is studying to become a Physician Assistant. Both Tara and Jenna are certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through Dr.Campbell's eCornell program. Craig is a senior at Bucknell University. He is majoring in Chemistry and minoring in English, and is planning to go to medical school to become a pediatrician, where he hopes to incorporate lifestyle medicine in his practice.

  • Leah

    Awesome! Thanks for letting everyone know about this! I’m going to check it out!

  • WritingAce

    My running mojo has been lacking, but this news inspires me!

  • Jennifer Martin

    Sounds great! Wish I had known about it before I bought the No Meat Athlete Full Marathon training program. Will still check it out though! :-)

  • Katie Dawson

    This sounds great! I love running, my morning runs are what keep me calm and energixed for the day!

  • Nicole Garratt

    Thank you for sharing this! I started my plant based diet back in the fall and I am constantly looking for improvements. My husband and I just started Crossfit training and I am feeling like I need to step up our nutrition a bit more. This is what I have been searching for! Thank you!!

  • Stacy W

    How cool! What a great motivation for me to use while training!

  • Laura Haney

    My spinach juice fuels my morning run. This shirt will make me look as cool as I feel.

  • Michele

    I’m a faithful VegWALKer and your program sounds great!

  • Colin Easom

    My running improved significantly a couple of years ago when I shifted from being vegetarian to being vegan. Since then, I’ve completed a full and half marathon and felt great afterwards. Go plants!

  • Dawn Martin

    AWESOME! I’m signing up as soon as i have my baby end of July! I miss running and am newly plant-based so this will be awesomeness!!!!

  • Michelle

    I am so excited to see this program! I think it is the motivation I need. I already run but I definitely need more motivation and support for eating right.

  • Teresa Clark

    It’s like you read my mind. I am newer to the plant based diet and starting to train for a half marathon. I’m always looking for tips, advice and a little (sometimes a lot) of motivation. Thanks for sharing I will be checking it out.

  • http://funcrunch.org/ Julie Bernstein

    Met Rip Esselstyn at a potluck/book signing on Tuesday, and running my first full marathon this Sunday. It’s a good week!

    • Leah

      Good luck with the marathon, hope it’s awesome!

  • Maggie Boxey

    Training for my first full marathon and vegan for almost a year, loving it!

  • Joan

    What a great program!

  • Amanda

    Cool! I am going to spread the word and hope for VegSWIM some day. :)

  • runvegan

    I have been plant based for 12 years now and am looking to run a PR during a half-marathon this September (under 1:40.00 is my goal). :)

  • Tiana D

    Want to train to get a PR on the Big Sur Half Marathon. This could help.

  • Jana

    Great idea. This will help a lot of people.

  • Bernice Phillips

    Love veggies, love working out, and love the blue shirt.

  • Nancy Feagans

    Thanks to being on a plant-strong whole foods eating plan since last July 5th I can actually run for short distances now! I feel GREAT and am 42 pounds lighter. :)

  • Terri

    Love the idea – it will help counter the myth that you can’t be a great athlete and plant-based (clearly there are many that are). Keep up the good work.

  • Haley Butler

    Signed up! What a great way to bring together plant-based experts and athletes of all levels!

  • http://www.lanimuelrath.com/ Lani Muelrath

    Hey new VegRunners! So glad to see this enthusiasm about the VegRunprogram and thrilled that so many are joining us in this healthy and fun endeavor. Be sure to sign up for our VegRun facebook group to have your questions answered and enjoy teamwork and support. And good luck to everyone on your upcoming races and athletic events!

  • Eileen

    I ran my first full marathon (at 65 years old) in January and I have been fueled by plants for the past 2 years. There is no stopping me now!

  • Lauren Ann Read Koslow

    I need to decide between this program or the PETA Pack. Either way, I will be doing this fall’s half marathon plant-powered and for a cause!

  • Toni Kulma

    Eating plants and running…… a perfect combination!

  • BYOL

    Tara, be sure to give us some more updates as you get further into the internship! Thanks for the great post

  • Sheryl

    thanks for sharing! This will be helpful!

  • Caron Kanitz Reynolds

    I completed my first triathlon last August and am signed up to do it again this year. I am barely a runner and biking is by far my favorite. That said, both my husband and I are considering a half marathon in September. 2 years ago I could not “run” a half mile, let alone a half marathon! Today is my 15 days plant-strong birthday!

  • Kelly Patch Jenkins

    I’m running a 15K on Saturday, can you get me my shirt that fast? :)

  • Lee Henry

    I ran the Rotterdam Marathon in April this year. It was my third marathon but my first as a vegan. I found the training a lot easier this time and I knocked 10 minutes off my personal best too. I think a plant based diet is perfect for long distance running as you can fill up on whole grains for energy and avoid the fatty foods that upset your system and ultimately slow you down! I’m back in training now for my next marathon in October :)

  • Amanda Bergquist

    I have completed a half and a full marathon since my plant strong transition. I am currently training to qualify for the Boston marathon and have many triathlons from sprint to full Ironman on the 4 year out plan.

  • Beth Lammes Bruner

    Love to swim, intimidated to run. Considered couch to 5k program and this sounds like the perfect place for support. Already vegan, but sometimes need meal support after intense workout. Those days I tend to eat alot-maybe I need to change my components before and after to keep me feeling good.

  • ROBERT HOWLETT

    I would love my daughter to have a T-shirt because of her bravery.

    In 2011 my dear daughter Joanna had a scan and tests which resulted in her being told that she had bowel cancer and would need an operation. At the time she was only 31 and she and our family were devastated but like a true hero she decided to carry on as usual and not let it hold her back in anyway.

    The year before she had signed up to compete in the Great North Run charity race and she was adamant that she would do it. Jo ran for the Alzheimer’s charity as my mother had mild dementia and had only recently died. So Jo went up to Newcastle and completed the race and raised £500 for the charity.

    Two weeks later she was in hospital having a large part of her bowel removed. After that she had to undergo six months of chemo. However her spirit drove her on and to keep active she read a larger number of books about cancer such as and including (Anti-Cancer) and diet (The China Study) and yours. Reading these books prompted her to adopt a vegan diet. When she was a teenager she decided she would become a vegetarian but unfortunately that didn’t last long. However she has stuck with it and my wife and I have also become vegan and we have discovered a wealth of different foods and herbs and spices that we never new existed before.

    It has been an incredible journey for Jo and all of us and we owe a lot to you and the other pioneers that are changing the world for the better.

  • Tracy E.

    I am training for a triathlon in 5 weeks. I feel much stronger and clearheaded with my plant strong diet. I credit E2 with helping me feel great during my training.

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