Running is my clean food.
I have always been an athlete, but 10 years ago I started running and a year after that I started training for my first marathon. Every time I went out for a run I came home feeling as though I had accomplished something I once thought was impossible. And that sense of empowerment spilled into nearly every aspects of my life. To this day, I’m certain that had I not become a runner, I would have never written and self-published CLEAN FOOD.
I eat clean for many of reasons, from my health, to the health of our environment, to taste, to nutrition…but running is the fuel that keeps me going. It gives me energy, strength, clarity and drive. And perhaps more important than anything else, it gives me connection.
This past weekend, 11 of my running friends and I ran relay-style for 200 miles from Cannon Mountain to Hampton Beach in the Reach The Beach Relay. We spent more time than I would ever recommend confined to a van, cheered each other on endlessly (as well as 479 other teams), laughed at and with each other, slept almost not at all, and ran our hearts out day and night.
Clockwise from top left:
1. Judy, our fearless leader, on the front grill of one of our vans
2. Me, at an exchange
3. With Peter, my first running partner who inspired me to do that first marathon and even ran with me for the first…10 minutes.
This morning my eyes burn from lack of sleep and my muscles burn from overdoing it just a bit, but I am filled with pride of accomplishment and pride of being part of this group of incredible athletes and people. We didn’t finish as fast as we have in years past, but even that makes us stronger. And of course…there’s always next year!
Eat clean, live well, run on.