Any marathoners here? Training in June - Protein concern

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Any marathoners here? Training in June - Protein concern

#1 Postby monkey60613 » Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:00 pm

I've been a vegetarian for 2 years but a month ago became vegan.

I'll start training for my fourth marathon in June. My last one I did as a vegetarian but this will be the first time I've trained as a vegan.

I'm concerned about protein because I also have a thyroid issue and from what I've heard thyroid and soy don't get along so well if you have issues. So I can't rely on soy for bulk of my protein.

I need to find a meal plan for vegan runners.
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#2 Postby neil » Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:14 pm

i ran two marathons after being vegan for over 5 years and had no problem (even ran decent times) with no diet adjustment - aside from eating more.

just did a quick search and found this page which may be helpful:
...Despite the controversy over protein requirements, vegetarians athletes can easily achieve adequate protein providing their diet is adequate in energy and contains a variety of plant-protein foods such as legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. etc.

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#3 Postby _raVen_ » Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:33 pm

I think you probably just need adequate calories. If anything, I'd focus on appropriate carbohydrates for distance and endurance.
But if you feel you really need more protein, I'd say get a good hemp protein.

I like Nutiva Hemp Protein and I recently started Thor's Raw Protein, which I'm really liking.
There is also NutriBiotic's Rice Protein powder, which is fairly bland as opposed to an offensive flavor you find in most protein powders.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

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#4 Postby Kathryn » Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:23 pm

_raVen_ wrote: I like Nutiva Hemp Protein and I recently started Thor's Raw Protein, which I'm really liking.

I also use and like these two.

Pea protein powder is another option.

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