How to Start Your Movement

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Even since the early days of starting No Meat Athlete, I’ve gotten a good number of requests for advice about how to start a blog or podcast. Or, more generally, about how to turn your passion into something that allows you to do it for a living.

This stuff is incredibly meaningful to me because of the impact it has had on my life, but I’ve never written or talked about it on No Meat Athlete. “Starting a business” certainly isn’t what this movement is all about, and doesn’t really fit with the other content here.

But today, inspired by a listener question, Doug and I are breaking from that rule. What this question (about starting a business around environmentalism) made me realize is that even though blog and podcast advice is a bit off-topic here, if that advice can help other people start movements that promote health, sustainability, or plant-based diets, then so much the better.

So here you have it: an episode all about how you can turn your ideas and passions into a movement or business through the internet.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • Should you start a blog or podcast?
  • Why you have to pick yourself
  • How No Meat Athlete became more than just a blog
  • Why writing “for everybody” is like writing for nobody
  • How to handle criticism (because if you’re doing something attention-worthy, it’s going to happen)

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Runner’s World, Deena Kastor, and How to Choose Between the Things You Love

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Last weekend, the Runner’s World Half and Festival was held in Bethlehem, PA, and Doug and I were lucky enough to be invited back for a second straight year. It was sponsored again by Altra, whose co-founder, Golden Harper, was a guest on NMA radio last year.

Just as before, the races, people, and events were a total blast. It was re-energizing to run with blogger friends, inspiring to hang around the Runner’s World crew and tour their headquarters, and entertaining to be hosted by the Mayor of Running himself, Bart Yasso.

But the event that stood out most for me wasn’t any of the races or the tour of Runner’s World, but instead the lunch chat we had with Deena Kastor.

For those who don’t know Deena, she’s arguably the most accomplished American female marathoner, and the American women’s record-holder for the marathon with a 2:19:36. Most, though, know her from her role in the documentary Spirit of the Marathon (which I used to watch on the eve of every marathon I ran).

During Deena’s time with our group, she talked mostly about the mental side of running, but also touched on her struggle to balance a career as an elite runner and the responsibilities of being a mother (to which she has, fortunately, found a resolution).

It’s a topic that hit home for me, as I’m still figuring out exactly the right balance among being the best father I can be for my two young children, running a business, and achieving my fitness goals. So in today’s episode, Doug and I decided to share our own thoughts on the topic, and how we attempt to navigate the constant give-and-take between the things we love.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • Our favorite moments from the Runner’s World Half and Festival
  • Deena Kastor on running with your brain
  • The question that immediately made Deena cry
  • Is it possible to be a great parent, partner, or friend, and still do the things you love?
  • Why it’s so important to involve your partner in your training

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On Bouncing Back

On the night of June 29th, I packed my suitcase for what was supposed to be just 10 days in Italy.

We would be spending some time with family before and after the trip, but we could do laundry there. So I needed only 10 days’ worth of clothes, my running shoes, my Kindle, and my computer. My wife, Erin, packed her suitcase and our kids’ similarly.

What we never could have guessed was that come October — more than three months after we left home — we’d still be living out of those same suitcases. Or that that night at the end of June would be the last we’d ever spend in our house.

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NMA Radio: How to Run Farther

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Last week’s episode of No Meat Athlete Radio was all about running faster. This week we’re exploring the other big improvement runners desire: running farther.

Let’s face it, a new distance is intimidating. Each new mile is uncharted territory.

Do you need to eat or drink more while on the run? How do you keep from getting bored? And how on Earth do you make time for all the training?

In today’s episode, we answer those common questions and a whole lot more to help you run farther than you’ve ever run before.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • Can you train to run faster and farther at the same time?
  • The first step in increasing distance (which has nothing to do with distance)
  • How to approach nutrition and hydration
  • Boredom and mental fatigue while running
  • Why you should consider taking walk breaks

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NMA Radio: How to Run Faster

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When it comes to running, there are two areas where most people want to improve. They want to either:

  1. Run faster
  2. Run further

And sometimes both.

Today on NMA Radio, we focus on the first one … how to become a faster runner.

I’m not going to sugar coat it. Running faster requires a lot of work (and sometimes pain) but the process itself is fairly straightforward.

I know, because after I crossed the finish line of my first marathon over 100 minutes slower than my goal, I was forced to reevaluate my training and focus on speed.

And you know what? Eventually I reached that goal time and qualified for the Boston Marathon.

In today’s episode, we share our running philosophies for running faster, how we improved on our own times, and the workouts you should include in your training if your goal is to get faster.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • The big mistake most runners make
  • Variety … how important is it, really?
  • How Matt finally became injury free
  • Speed work for the track-hater
  • Our favorite workouts for faster running

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NMA Radio: Sid Garza-Hillman on Meal Planning, Ultrarunning, and Why We Shouldn’t Take Showers

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Last week, author and nutritionist Sid Garza-Hillman was in Asheville to work with me on a new project (more on that in today’s episode).

Considering he’s been one of our most popular NMA Radio guests to date, Doug and I couldn’t resist bringing him back on the show, and today’s conversation with Sid did not disappoint.

Sid’s natural approach to food, fitness, and life is contagious, and his small step philosophy makes big changes seem possible.

In today’s episode, we catch up with Sid on what he’s been up to, his recent ultramarathon, and why he quit showering. Yes, Sid Garza-Hillman quit showering.

We also discuss the value of meal planning, variety in our diets, and the mindset you need to start eating more healthily.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • Sid’s first ultramarathon, and why he’s now directing one himself
  • What we’ve have been up to in Asheville the past few days
  • Are meal plans actually helpful?
  • Pros and cons of eating the same meals every single week
  • The healthy-eating mindset
  • Why Sid no longer takes showers
  • A natural cure for jet lag

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