Circles

Yesterday I ran around in circles with two great runner friends.  We tackled 26.2 miles as a relay team on an indoor track.  Round, and round, and round in 3 hours 46 minutes.  Sounds boring, doesn’t it?  It wasn’t.  It turned out to be a great time, and a good speed workout.

indoorWith there only being two narrow lanes, the rule was to run in the right lane, and pass on the left.  If there were a few people in front of me not quite going quick enough, I’d need to sprint ahead in the passing lane.  Needless to say, I’m pretty sore today!

The other great part of the race was to see the variety of people who came for it, a few children, track teams, older people, beginner runners, people wearing different race shirts, etc.  It’s always neat to see the variety of people, and meet some of them too.  The running community is full of awesome people.

Before I left home to venture to Milwaukee for the race, I was a tad nervous about staying on track with my vegan diet.  I googled Subway and Panera’s menu and ingredient list to note some items I could order from there if needed.  I brought a bag of food from home too to prevent any rungry1 binges.  The great thing about a vegan diet is that the foods I eat keep me satisfied for longer, and I’m yet to experience a HANGRY2  rage.  

A full two weeks in I’ve raced, I’ve traveled, I’ve dined out, I’ve gone to social gatherings and I still feel really great about going vegan.

1 rungry – Extreme hunger after running.
2 Hangry – The state of being so hungry that it has become infuriating. A hybrid of hungry and angry
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18 thoughts on “Circles

  1. Thats a lot of circles. I ran 112 circles once, to get 11 miles in on an indoor track. And 102 circles to get about 6 miles in on a much smaller indoor track. Yup, I remember important numbers like that!

    How did the relay work? Did you have to run a certain distance before switching out or was it a bit of a free for all?

  2. Wow, that track looks packed! Eating out isn’t too bad if you’re on a special eating plan, depending on the place. I ordered tacos last night and completely forgot that they would come on a flour tortilla (eating no gluten right now). But I ate them anyway. Now my stomach is telling me it doesn’t appreciate that.

  3. An indoor marathon on a track? Wow! What a great way to mix things up!
    I love how excited you are about your new way of eating. I’ve only tried vegan eating for one week at a time. So. Much. Reading. Of. Labels. I was SHOCKED at all the things that surprisingly contain eggs, cheese or milk of some kind. I admire your commitment! Glad it’s working out well for you!

  4. What a great event! AS for eating vegan, you’re right, with a little planning, it’s not impossible. I’ve found that I can eat a tofu Thai stir fry at most food courts (not often, but at least it’s an option), and I carry vegan Clif Bars and mixed nuts or trail mix in my purse all the time. Keeps me sane!

  5. That’s a fun way to switch things up! Do you know how many people participated overall? Or i guess how many relay teams there were? Glad to hear how well the vegan lifestyle is for you! Very impressed and would love to hear more about what you’re eating!

  6. I always imagined the Ice Breaker and Heat Breaker would be kind of boring and painful but after reading a couple recaps, it sounds like it’s a nice change for this time of year (or the heat of summer) ! You guys rocked it on your pace! Do you find it faster or slower running inside compared to a road race?

    • It ended up being faster, but it was because I’d have to sprint ahead of several people at a time, and then maintain a quicker pace so that I didn’t annoy them for passing them & slowing down. Plus we switched every mile, .. one mile is easy, so BAM, go for it.

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  7. Wow! Indoor tracks are always exciting to run on! I recently went vegan too. I agree about the foods being more satisfying and filling. Kudos to you for being able maintain it while traveling.

  8. Been following your posts more closely since you went vegan and I’m intrigued 🙂 I’m pescetarian and thinking about it… looking forward to reading more about how you adapt.

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