Running... for some it's part of their normal workout routine; for others it makes them cringe at the very thought of it. For Matt Frazier it's become entrenched into his heart and soul. Running is not just something he does to get some regular exercise but instead something that's turned into a unique passion of fueling his desire to make a positive impact on the world around him.
He never used to feel this way about running though. In fact, in high school and the beginning of college he hated running and only did so if required as part of fitness program. But that all changed one day when he became infatuated with the idea of being able to actually run AND finish an entire marathon.
He's come a long way since then and his journey has inspired tens of thousands of people along the way. Today you won't find Matt running only marathons but competing in ultramarathons of 50 miles or more! Now that's a feat that very few people in this world can attest to. What's even more incredible is that Matt accomplishes all this without ever eating a single bite of meat. That's right, he doesn't even eat lean meats such as chicken or fish that many would consider a necessity to do what he does. Instead he's powered predominantly by plants.
Matt's running times actually improved as an endurance runner when he stopped eating meat and became vegetarian in 2009. After being laid up with an injury for some time he decided to cut out meat from his diet before getting back into running. The first time he returned from his injury he ran a 12 mile run faster than he'd ever run before. He shaved 30 seconds per mile off his total time during that run! He attributed his improvement to his new "no meat" diet and has never looked back since.
It wasn't long after that when he started his own blog, No Meat Athlete, to share his story with others. He's become an inspiration to athletes of all kinds as well as non-athletes looking to improve their overall health and fitness. I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Matt and will share more of his story below. I hope you find it as uplifting and motivating as I did and I encourage you to check out his website after reading his interview for more fantastic material!