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¡VeGaN ATTACK!

Me and my husband have been sporting our new Vegan Runners technical T-shirts recently with pride to support our cause. It’s funny actually because most times Philip feels he looks stupid for his incredibly short shorts he’s wearing. I keep reminding him that most people aren’t staring at him because of his sexy shorts but because we are running around displaying Vegan Runners!

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I somehow manage to ignore that anyone is even taking a second glance at me. I know they are in general because of the T-shirt and well because I’m running about but I don’t notice the attention that much. I’m out there doing my own thing and just so happen to be sharing our cause to the rest of the world while I’m at it. When Philip brought this up I started to notice that almost everyone was staring at us. People walking past us stared, I noticed some shadows of people we passed actually turned around to look at the back of us too… Just as well our T-shirts say “Vegan Runners” on the back as well. People at stopped lights gawped out at us with wide open mouths like they were Venus Fly Traps waiting to collect flies (Philips description). It seemed the only ones that weren’t really that bothered by us where peoples dogs and the odd cat sat on a wall or fence.

It made me giggle as I thought “Awesome if people are staring then it’s working in it’s own little ways”.

We cut off the street and headed onto the canal towpaths making an overall 180 to head back towards our place but on a different path. Now I’m sure we have all met this type.

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The type that has no space to speak. You know the type.The type who is smoking, struggling to move an inch let alone a mile. The type who is all to quick to tell YOU what YOU are doing wrong in YOUR life! The type who is all too quick to tell you what is right and what is wrong.
So we run by this kind of guy on the canal who shouts out to us “EAT MEAT…. ALWAYS EAT MEAT!”. I called back “Don’t eat meat, don’t support cruelty!”.

As we got a bit further up the canal Philip mentioned that it was such a strange thing to do. To say something like that out loud to us. I reminded him that when people feel like their choices are being threatened they don’t like it and will often speak out and attack! As a means of protecting their own choices and ego. In telling himself and use “Eat meat, always eat meat” he’s trying to tell himself that it’s OK to eat meat. If it didn’t affect him he wouldn’t have said a word.

No offense to the guy I just hope he one day realizes that what he’s supporting is cruel.

Have any of you ever had anyone say something to you while out there running promoting Veganism? I’d like to hear about it. Keep up the good work everyone.

-ScottyRunner

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My Special Ingredient For Speeding up Recovery

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My story as an athlete does not differ much from any other athlete. I may have only ran a few years right now but I have had the typical problems that come with running. Typical problems I never knew I’d encountered before I started running. Sure enough as far as I was concerned I’f run out the door, build up and have no problems. Injuries, form, sneaker type, speed, distance and all the many other variables didn’t even cross my mind. I remember the first problem being a sore pain in the ass! Then I had ‘runners knee’, next it moved on to a stress fracture in the interior right tibia, then I had shin splints, next it was a pain on the top of my foot and next came plantar fasciitis (a pain on the bottom of my foot).

You have all read numerous blogs about recovery and the steps you can take to enhancing a speedy one! You know the usual; Static stretches > post workout meal or shake > plenty of water > Good rest > Sufficient hours sleep. I’m not going into detail of those because you can find them everywhere and often do find them everywhere.

I do notice that one key important factor is often missed. It occurred to me yesterday and so I began looking over all my training so far to date. I made notes of all the times I was injured and how long it took to fix the problem. I thought about my diet at the time, my stretch routines, sleeping patterns and I noticed one key thing that seemed to make me recover much quicker (besides being Vegan of course).

The secret?

HAPPINESS

You have heard the saying that stress affects the body. If this is true then it stands to reason that happiness also affects the body. Of course we can not neglect the things that science already tells us will help us speed up recovery so keep on with those. Though I believe that if you can bring as much joy into your days as possible the smoother your recovery will be. Just try not letting that joy come from doing other strenuous exercise.

Here’s a very compact list of things that may bring you joy in-between sessions;

Watching Disney films or something inspirational or funny but not sad.
Listening to music.
Reading books.
Doing.
Coloring books.
Drawing.
Jigsaws.
Cuddling your children or animals you care for.
Eating delicious raw fresh fruit or vegetables.
Receiving a massage (if your lucky) or massage yourself.
A very easy slow walk in the park with lots of stops for Photos.
Drive by photo adventure. Here you drive around country roads and stop to take beautiful pictures along the way.
Meditate. Even just for 5-10 minutes on your days off.
Drink decaff tea or coffee.
Add fresh lemon or lime juice to your water for a refreshing and very pleasant change.
Have a mid day nap! or 2 if you find chance! This one can help a great deal!
Spend time with people who need help. Great happiness can be found in helping others rather than yourself.

The list could go on and on forever because there are unlimited things that we can do for fun and happiness. Just focus on bringing as much joy into your life as possible at all times. Even when you are at work. “how can I be happy at work?” I hear you say? That’s easy… by saying “I choose to be happy today and aint nobody or anything going to change my mind”. Be aware that if you are unhappy that is your choosing. Keep in control of your emotions unless you want to be unhappy. I don’t think any of us want that.
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This little ingredient has helped me to recover from injuries and between workouts much sooner I feel. Funnily when I finally accept I overdid it and am injured, I begin to realise that I’m actually very happy about it because I have given my mind knowledge about an injury and then know how to deal with it and prevent it next time. It means that while my lower limbs are worn out my mind has grown.

So go ahead and be happy and please while you are at it spread that happiness far and wide and pass it onto all whom you come into contact with… even your horrible bosses. Who are probably stressed out to high heaven by their bosses!

All my love.
– ScottyRunner


Can Being Vegan Cure Phobias?

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When I returned from my run today I carried out my usual routine. I did a range of post run exercise stretches, followed by a big cup of water and lime juice and then had a quick protein rich meal.As soon as I had the important bits out of the way I kicked off my running clothes and headed for the shower. I open the shower door and stand inside and close the magnetic door behind me. When inside I turn on the shower facing away from me while it heats up. Then I put the head in place. As I do this I can’t help but notice a spider in the corner of the wall inside the shower trying to climb up on the wet tiles. As he struggles I switch off the shower and step back out to find a piece of cardboard. Once I have the cardboard I gently get the spider onto the cardboard and then move him to the corner of the room outside the shower. I don’t want to put Hubert outside because it’s freezing cold out there and he might die. For some reason he is happy inside even though I see a lack of food available to him he must be here for a reason.

When I got out of the shower I reminded myself that recently I have seen a lot of wildlife documentaries, as usual, and seen many posts of snakes and spiders online and through media streams such as Facebook. I reminded myself that when I saw such animals I saw their pure beauty. Snakes are absolutely fascinating creatures, by nature and by the way they look. The colors of them are often divine, and I love the typical shape of a snakes head. Also if you look at the way in which a snake moves they have an extremely advanced bio mechanical system in place to help them travel with minimal effort and stealth.

Several months ago we had some visitors we didn’t really want in the house. It was around the start of September 2014. I remember waking up to get ready for college and I spotted an ant happily going about his own business running across one of our bookshelves. I got some paper and carefully directed him onto the paper and went out to the garden and placed him at the end of the garden in some bashes gently. I remember going to college and coming home to 5 of them. The next day I woke up they were everywhere. Initially I began getting each one outside but I realised there were just too many too handle this. I made my usual home made cleaning spray of quart bottle of white vinegar and the rest water and sprayed around the walls on the floor to clean the area. When I woke the next day they stopped coming in.

One time I was sat by the computer and a bee came wandering into the house. We had wasps and bees in all the time from outside. I will admit we do have a lot of bees around us and they can almost be problematic but we will not call for them to be moved as they are obviously happy where they are. I just get a large piece of card and gently guide it back out of the french doors to the garden. The same with flies, I no longer waft flies with my hand but carefully guide them in the right direction.
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Anyway the point of these things is that before I became vegan I had a fear of things like spiders, snakes, and bees and saw ants, flies and wasps as being complete pests. Not the case. It’s almost like I thought they were put on Earth just to make my life hell and scare me or annoy me. Now I realise how silly these thoughts were. Since becoming Vegan I have found a loving, joyful connection to all living life regardless of how big, small or almost seemingly insignificant the masses may find them. The truth is everything that lives is beautiful. Everything that lives has their own grand personality and characteristics that make them special and unique. Sometimes we believe that an ant is just an ant which is just the same as any other ant. Or that a slug is a slug just the same as any other slug.

Talking on slugs recently I moved some plant pots from my balcony and I placed them inside the house for winter. When I did I noticed 2 little slugs probably not much larger than a cm each in length. When I picked them both up from different parts of a plant they splodged their way closer to one another. When they were stood in front of each other they raised their heads up with their little antennas standing proud and curled their necks into one another. It seemed as though these seemingly insignificant (to most people) creatures where protecting one another and showing each other love. It was truly a magical moment for us  both to watch. Certainly one that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.

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I wonder if anyone else has had this same experience. Becoming vegan has built a direct connect between me and all living things out there. One of compassion, love and joy and I intend on spreading that to every single life human, mammal, insect or even alien that shall ever cross or walk my paths. I no longer have the same fear that I had previously and I hope for more of these great feelings to come through me as I progress on my adventure to life.

On that note time to wrap up this blog. Spreading lots of love to you all. Have a wonderful day I love you all.

PS this is what I now see. I sleep like a baby 🙂

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