No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self

No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self

Matt Frazier, Matthew Ruscigno

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1592335780

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Combining the winning elements of proven training approaches, motivational stories, and innovative recipes, No Meat Athlete is a unique guidebook, healthy-living cookbook, and nutrition primer for the beginner, every day, and serious athlete who wants to live a meatless lifestyle. Author, popular blogger, and 100-mile ultramarathoner Matt Frazier will show you that there are many benefits to embracing a meat-free athletic lifestyle, including:

- Weight loss, which often leads to increased speed

- Easier digestion and faster recovery after workouts

- Improved energy levels to help with not just athletic performance but your day-to-day life

- Reduced impact on the planet

Whatever your motivation for choosing a meat-free lifestyle, this book will take you through everything you need to know to apply your lifestyle to your training. Frazier provides practical advice and tips on how to transition to a plant-based diet while getting all the nutrition you need - using the power of habit to make those changes last - and offers up menu plans for high performance, endurance, and recovery. Once you've mastered the basics, Matt delivers a training manual of his own design for runners of all abilities and ambitions. The manual provides training plans for common race distances and shows runners to create healthy habits, improve performance, and avoid injuries. No Meat Athlete will take you from the start to finish line, giving you encouraging tips, tricks, and advice along the way.

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race to limit the risk of injury, but when training to improve on a previous time, consider several variations on the long run. You won’t find any of these long run variations in the training plans in this book, but they’re worth experimenting with as you gain experience. The progressive long run involves gradually increasing your pace, so that even though you start out at Easy pace, by the end of the run you’re doing something close to (if not faster than) your goal race pace. Similar ways to

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