I guess I found my running before I found this lifestyle. I began to explore eating to support the running and it led me to Pritikin and, ultimately here.
For me, the reverse was true. I adopted a Colin Campbell-Esselstyn-McDougall eating plan after being exposed to their views on diet and health. Although I was not seriously overweight, getting below 25 BMI seemed like an impossible dream. A few months after adopting this way of eating the dream came true.
When my aunt and uncle, who had completed several olympic distance triathalons, suggested that our family run a 5 kilometer race for the hungry on Thanksgiving morning, I was immediately interested in running the race.
My wife was surprised because I had always said that my bowed legs, my pronated feet and my mild asthma made running uncomfortable. But having been on a whole foods plant based diet for 2 months, I thought that I was superman. I also thought that my performance in the 5k race would "prove" to my skeptical relatives that plant based is the way to go, just as Popeye "proved" that eating spinach made you super-strong.
Well, um. I ran the 5k very slow and I was absolutely exhausted for the remainder of Thanksgiving Day. I guess eating a healthy diet won't turn us all into olympic athletes. Still, over the past year or so, I have clung rigidly to both the McDougall diet and a consistent running and racing schedule.
Some days as I look ahead to running my first half marathon in May, I think, "Is it really me doing this? Me, a runner?"
Recently my wife told me that she thinks I would get better race results if I ate . . . . . . you guessed it. More protein.
I told her that if I had not adopted the McDougall diet, I would not have had the confidence to even attempt running.
Anyway, from things you've expressed here as well as in our PMs, I don't think you're going to be one of those people I feel sorry for.
You should only feel sorry for me if I either give up this way of eating or give up running.