Meet Brooke, a vegan ultra runner from Arizona with vibrant passion for nature and the untouched earth. She loves running the trails, hanging out with friends and meeting new people. "I believe that experiences, good or bad, are far better than material possessions! " - Brooke
How long have you been vegan?
What led you to become vegan?
Do you have any influencers or favorite books?
The book, Skinny Bitch opened my eyes to horrors of factory farming. It is horrifying what factory farming has done to our planet and how people can justify murder and indifference towards life. It's all so unnecessary and demonstrates just how sick our society has become, not only in their mentally but also with the diseases they are creating for themselves.
What sports, activities, adventures do you do?
I'm an ultra runner, mostly in trails. Connecting with nature and the untouched earth gives me energy and renews my soul. My husband, kids and I have hiked the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls and many other trails eating plant based foods. Our next adventure is hiking the PCT in California.
Do you have any big events or races planned for 2015?
I'm currently training for my first 100k this October. The Javalina 100.
How does eating vegan improve your performance?
I have more energy eating whole grains and plant based proteins. I'm also in a better place mentally now that I have eliminated animal products from my diet and lifestyle. I just feel really good!
What are your favorite 5 top things to eat?
Avocado, bean and corn wraps. These are easy to carry and perfect for my long runs.
How about bars and smoothies?
I don't really eat bars or drink smoothies. I preferred to eat as little chemically, genetically modified or preserved food.
Explain your nutrition routine.
Before I head out for my run, long or short doesn't matter, I will eat half a slice of a whole wheat bagel with almond butter. During my shorter runs (8-12 miles) I don't usually eat but hydrate with NUUN and maybe half a peanut butter sandwich. My long runs and for races I carry wraps and eat soups (black bean, pea or lentil) at my checkpoints. Real food is so satisfying as opposed to a gel pack.
What essential tips do you have for athletes moving to 100% plant-based?
Use fuel foods that are easy to carry and will provide between 100 to 200 calories per serving per hour.
In as few words as possible, what does being a VEGAN ATHLETE mean to you?
What is your motto? Your mantra? Do you have a famous quote?
It is what it is.
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