I know vegetarians are some of the most passionate people. They wouldn’t eat meat nor matter what.
Most of us runners eat meat to repair the muscle tears that happen during training. What about the vegetarian runner?Vegetarian eat the same foods day in and day out, and their diet may lack the quality required to sustain adequate energy levels for good training.
Disadvantages of Vegetarian diet for Vegetarian runners
1. Become deficient in vitamin B12 or iron
2. Feel constantly fatigued.
3. Or they might not get enough calcium, leading to poor bone health.
Can vegetarians meet their nutritional needs and still compete at their best?
Famous vegetarian runners
1. Carl Lewis
2. Kenyan long distance runners, see my post Kenyan runners and their love of Vegie diet.
Alternative sources of protein and essential minerals for vegetarian runners
An animal is not the only source of protein, protein can be got from eating grains. Protein rich grain include peanuts, beans, Tofu, Lentils, and other Legumes.
Thanks to technology mineral supplements can be purchased from a pharmacy but make sure you first consult with your dietician or doctor.