Vegan ultrarunner Scott Jurek: Appalachian Trial in 46 days!

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Nearly every sport has a professional athlete who consumes the vegan diet in order to fuel their body.  Female, UFC and Olympic Judo medalist, Rhonda Rousey, has found benefits from the vegan diet.  In wrestling, Chris Campbell; football, Adrian Foster; in tennis, Venus Williams; and in Soccer, Kara Lang.  The plant-based diet is beginning to find fans in athletes across the sports world.

Vegan protein shakes and plant-based proteins make it easier for vegan athletes to get adequate protein

Most people concern themselves with protein and wonder how a vegan athlete is able to get the protein that they need.  Protein helps build lean muscle, supports the immune system, and maintains nitrogen balance.  The protein needs in athletes are higher than the rest of society.  The good news is that there are lots of plant based and vegetable based proteins.  Numerous shake companies are also creating vegan protein shakes that can be of help to vegan athletes. Ultrarunner, Scott Jurek, is not only vegan, but runs incredibly long races.  Most recently, he ran the entire Appalachian Trial in 46 days, eight hours and seven minutes – breaking the speed record by over three hours!  On top of his incredible athletic ability, he is an accomplished cook and has shared his story and favorite recipes in his book, Eat and Run.

Vegan ultrarunner, Scott Jurek, ran Appalachian Trail in 46 days!

Jurek reports that he exercises in the morning before breakfast, unless he is doing a six to eight hour run that day.  He does not start his day out with a cup of coffee, but instead opts for tea or yerba mate.  For breakfast, he has a green drink or smoothie, using: barley grass, kale, arugula, spinach, spirulina or chlorella.  If he is preparing a smoothie, Jurek ads fruit in order to replenish his body with healthy carbohydrates. He finishes his blended drink with rice or pea protein powder, plus coconut oil or avocado. In training, Jurek claims that he needs to eat 5,000-6,000 calories a day.  He explains that as an ultrarunner, he cannot get by with using the gels, and has to eat while running.  On his long races, he gets to see the shocked faces of people seeing him eat a burrito, while keeping up a brisk seven or eight minute mile pace. When running the Appalachian Trail, Jurek was on the trail for 13 to 14 hours a day, and then towards the end of the race, he increased his running to 16 to 18 hours a day, sometimes even 20.  During this time, he was in-taking 7,000 calories per day.  Foods that he consumed on the trial were Clif products, sandwiches, toast with olive oil, hash browns or home fries from a local diner, pasta with olive oil, and vegan sausage and coconut milk ice cream.

Jurek was on the trail 13 to 20 hours a day per day and consumed 7,000 calories of vegan food in order to fuel his journey!

Jurek reported that he lost 20 lbs during his time on the trail.  Even though he consumed a lot of calories, his body was sleep deprived and his metabolism was racing.  He reported that one family brought him fresh fruit and meat substitutes while on the trail.  Another person met him on the trail with cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls from Vegan Treats.  Another individual hiked three miles up the trail to bring Jurek avocado maki and vegan pizza.

Jurek reported that he lost 20 lbs during his time on the trail.  Even though he consumed a lot of calories, his body was sleep deprived and his metabolism was racing.  He reported that one family brought him fresh fruit and meat substitutes while on the trail.  Another person met him on the trail with cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls from Vegan Treats.  Another individual hiked three miles up the trail to bring Jurek avocado maki and vegan pizza.

SOURCE: http://news.therawfoodworld.com

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