Hello from Arizona! I've been vegetarian for two years, and vegan for one and a half (mostly for health reasons, although compassion for animals and a concern for the environment are also very important to me).
Around the time I went vegan, I started running to get in shape. Unfortunately, even though I was a swimmer in high school, and worked out in college, I had let my diet and lifestyle slide into unhealthy territory. I lost about 40 pounds in the process of running and going vegan, and I'm back to my high school weight (lean and mean)!
My long term fitness goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon (3:10 for my age). I ran my first half marathon recently in 1:34, so I think I'm on my way to this goal. I was never a runner before, but like I said, I was a pretty good swimmer when I was younger (even set a couple club records in the butterfly). I also ride my bike to work, so maybe triathlons are in my future as well?
Thank you Robert for your fine example to all athletes and for this forum. I look forward to meeting all you other athletes and vegans, especially runners. Thanks for reading. Peace to all.