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  1. JoAnn Stepanik talks about this in her book, "Being Vegan". Apparently the synthetic stuff doesn't hold up very well, but you can get custom made ones that support you better. If it's out of your price range and you are really really passionate about skating, buy the leather ones and take very good care so that they don't wear out for a long time.
  2. I've been thinking about taking pilates classes because it's supposed to help runners. I just don't know if I would be able to commit to it to the point of where I would see results.
  3. Buenos dias! And dude, Star Wars. No competition.
  4. Thanks for the advice guys! Yeah, I have been fitted for running shoes. I ended up getting a pair of Mizunos that work really well for me. I think a lot of my injuries are from the fact that my body is not used to absorbing the constant impact of running. It's a bummer though, because I find myself falling behind on my schedule. My diet is pretty good. I am certainly not a junk food vegan. I'm always aware of what I should be eating. For example, I'll say "Oh, I haven't had a leafy green or whole grain dish in a while" and I'll make sure it happens. I do eat a LOT of brown rice and a LOT of beans. My goal is mostly to do long distance runs. I know some strength training and cross training will help, so I'm working that in on my injury days (hopefully there won't be too many more!). My feelings are if it doesn't hurt to run, then run. But that may not be the best way to go about things.
  5. Hello everyone! I’m a newbie here! Just wanted to get some advice from you guys because I’m pretty new to the vegan fitness world. BTW, I’m 22, 6’0”, 155 lbs. Haven’t had regular exercise since high school gym! For about two months, I have been focused mostly on running. I’m doing 30 minute jogs on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Along with that I’m just doing pushups and sit ups and working some dumbbells at home. Not very exciting, but like I said, I’m new! One of the things I’m having problems with in my runs is I seem to get a lot of injuries. I injured my Achilles a while back and couldn’t run for 5 days! I get a lot of soreness in my calves that last a while, but now I’m experiencing something that feels totally different than soreness running parallel to the ground around mid-calf. I’m not sure what I can call an injury and take a break from or when it’s okay to keep running! And why is it taking so long to heal! I plan on sneaking into the fitness room and getting in some strength training before I go to work once a week (so nobody can see me make an ass out of myself) but I’m not sure where to start. I read a bit on strength training and it sounds so complicated! How can lifting a heavy object repeatedly be so complicated! What I did learn intimidated me more than I was before I considered starting. Anywho, I know I’m a cheap-o looking for free fitness advice from the internet, but a gym membership and a trainer is out of my price range right now.
  6. I’m not sure! I just bought new running shoes (Mizuno Wave something) this weekend and I wasn’t even thinking about it! I didn’t see any leather or suede on the models I tried out. Most of them were that mesh stuff. Call me crazy, but I would rather have a pair of running shoes that were not certified vegan than a pair that was that caused injuries.
  7. Way to go! I'm only a couple months into my running program and I'm shooting for doing a 5K at a pace of about an 8 minute mile. I know I can do it!
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