How am I doing? Hm. Well. I wouldn't go as far to say this challenge is impossible, but certainly I have found it pretty much impossible to do without spending a lot of time and money (that I don't have) and making sacrifices far more difficult than those I made to go vegan. I did … Continue reading Plastic Free July
Somehow I managed to get myself talked into doing a Category A Fell race in Epping Forest. Category A Fell Races are as dangerous as Category A prisoners and Category A drugs. They must have at least 50m of climb per km (this one had more) and no more than 20% of the course on … Continue reading Fell Race
Non-vegans (#notallnonvegans) are obsessed with hypothetical situations. What if you get a vitamin deficiency, what if you had a pet hen, what if we could grow meat in a lab, etc etc. Their all time favourite hypothetical situation is this: What if you were stranded on a desert island with only a pig for company? … Continue reading The Pig Island Dilemma
I will start with the good news, which is that on Wednesday I got myself a new overall 10k PB on the running track. I set myself a target of 1:10 (previous PB being 1:10:54) and employed a tactic which was basically running just a little bit off flat out and trying to hold it … Continue reading PB or not PB?
Mile End is the tenth closest parkrun from where I live and one I have been saving up for when it gets too cold to be getting on trains to Darkest Essex. That time has definitely come: in fact the average temperature as per my Garmin dropped from 22c to 6c between my last parkrun … Continue reading Mile End parkrun
I was egg-scused (sorry) from parkrun this morning as I had to go to work. Meanwhile, the Unhappy Eggs parkrun drama raged on. Despite over a thousand comments mostly denouncing the partnership on the original post, parkrun HQ had no intention of backing down. They sent an email out to some concerned core team members … Continue reading parkrun egg-gate continues…
It has all kicked off on Facebook. parkrun have announced their new sponsor is a mass producer of eggs (I will not give them the publicity by linking them) who, like all mass producers of eggs, are well known for doing horrendous things to chickens (warning - link contains descriptions of animal cruelty - no pictures). … Continue reading The new parkrun sponsor
I try to stay quiet on the animal welfare side of veganism, not because it isn't important, but because I find pictures and stories of animal cruelty mainly just upset animal lovers and put non-vegans on the defensive. I'd rather people did their own research and keep my posts to "here is a vegan thing … Continue reading Veganuary: Day 113
It's the final day of Veganuary! Tomorrow, I could rush out and buy a doner kebab, a cheese board and a kilo of Yellow Bellies if I wanted to. But you know what? I don't want to. I'm going to stay vegan. ... well, I say "vegan" but I'm going to qualify this a bit. … Continue reading Veganuary: Day 31
Three weeks of veganness! And to be perfectly honest, it has all been a lot easier than I thought it would be. I thought by now there would have been at least one episode where I cracked and raided the cheese cabinet, or accidentally ate a burger and found it to be full of trotters. … Continue reading Veganuary: Day 21
I've read several times that prospective vegans worry about giving up cheese, but that after a couple of weeks without it, they suddenly started to find it rancid, repulsive and disgusting and are never tempted again. I think they are probably lying. A decent cheese is without a doubt the thing I've missed the most. … Continue reading Vegan Cheese
I have now survived an entire week as a vegan! And to be honest, it's actually not been that hard. I have worked most of the days since my last post, and as I work near Waterloo, there's a Marks and Sparks, a Tesco, a Sainsbury's and a Pret to choose from, all of which … Continue reading Veganuary: Day 8
I survived a full day as a vegan! Day 1 saw me on a training course at my workplace's annex in Arse End. Arse End is a small enclave of London which is mainly industrial estates and a crap Sainsbury's that never has what you want (even if you're an omnivore) so I prepared myself … Continue reading Veganuary: Day 2
Tomorrow will be the first day of my fully vegan month! Before I should start by explaining that I am a bit of a fussy eater. I do not like: Courgettes Cucumbers Tomatoes (unless cherry, or cooked) Lettuce Pretty much all herbs and spices, particularly garlic and coriander Carrots, unless mashed Margarine Any food from … Continue reading Veganuary: Day Zero
A week on from the marathon, and I'm still perplexed as to why every single person I speak to doesn't want to hear about it in minute detail. I am telling them anyway, including random people I never normally speak to at work, the scary HIIT instructor at the gym and absolutely anyone I interact … Continue reading Post Marathon Delerium
My next challenge is something completely different. I'm giving veganism a whirl! I read about Veganuary (a campaign organised by the Vegan society, challenging people to eat like a vegan for the whole of January) earlier this year, but didn't think it wise to make drastic changes to my diet whilst marathon training. So better … Continue reading Veganuary!