Aside from being a runner, my guest today knows her way around a kitchen to say the least.
Corine Green is trained as a vegan chef and has a certification in holistic nutrition.
Today we will go a few easy miles as we discuss how being a plant-based runner is not as difficult as it may seem.
Becoming Serious About Running
Running has always been a part of Corine’s life from a young age.
Her relationship with the sport was always casual and for fun.
Corine used running as a reprieve from an unhealthy marriage in her late twenties.
As her marriage deteriorated, she and running became more serious.
She committed a common mistake runners often make by not incorporating any easy running into her training.
This error resulted in her being plagued with injuries spanning over few years.
Corine was forced to make it a priority to figure out how to heal.
At The Heart Of It All
Corine’s running has evolved over time going from marathons to trails.
Another aspect of the running world she began to explore was heart rate training.
She dove right in by getting a VO2 max test, reading all she could on the topic, and strictly adhering to it for 3-4 months.
The heat of the Arizona summer was working against her efforts and rather than seeing improvements she was going backwards.
Currently she isn’t as strict with staying in certain zones, but she still pays attention to keep her easy runs easy.
Plant Based Running
Corine has been a vegetarian since the age of 19 and it came naturally.
She is 99% vegan, but occasionally consumes small amounts of dairy as it is difficult to avoid.
Overall she has felt better after following this way of eating.
Incorporating more vegetables into one’s diet doesn’t have to be complicated or fancy.
- Buy frozen/pre-cut vegetables in bulk.
- It’s ok use a simple preparation.
- Use more spices on vegetables.
- Pair with some sort of fat (olive oil, coconut oil).
- Spice blends and hummus are an easy and delicious pairing.
Shift your thinking and rather than planning your meal around a meat, plan it around a vegetable.
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