Friday, October 10, 2014

No Meat Athlete Meets Louisville


No Meat Athlete is now in Louisville! Well, kind of. Here's the story...

Sometime last week NMA posted on their Facebook page about their branded running groups that were developing all around the country (and the world) and it prompted me to check out Louisville's group. With Ironman already towards the front of my brain I'm making a big social push right now to force people into training with me without really training with me in hopes of making the experience as enjoyable as possible.

What I love about Matt Frazier (the original No Meat Athlete and kind of a genius btw) is the relaxed attitude he's able to convey around a plant-based diet. I have a really hard time as a vegetarian (and had an even harder and very brief time as a vegan) because there's a lot of attitude in our community. If you know me well, you know that for the most part I genuinely don't care what people want to do with their lives, especially when it has nothing to do with me. I don't like persuasion which is probably why I never did well in sales. My version of persuasion is based on fact and education. If you want to lose weight, I'll teach you how. If you want to eat less or no meat, I can teach you to do that too. But the thing is, people have to make decisions about their lives by themselves. End rant. No Meat Athlete is a place where you can ask the question, "So what do you eat?" and get real answers. No snark, no pictures of diseased cows and sad chickens, just education (and some really nice shirts).

I was really excited to meet (I actually typed "meat" initially. Probably a vegetarian faux pas...) other veg, veg-curious and veg-friendly runners, walkers and aspiring athletes in my very own city so I clicked over to the list of NMA branded running groups. Imagine my surprise when I didn't see Louisville on the list.


Since I can sometimes be a do-it-yourself-er I decided to dig a little deeper and emailed the almighty Matt Frazier himself. Surely there had to be people in Louisville working on this group already, maybe it just wasn't posted yet.


Matt emailed me back and I totally geeked out and I read it calmly like an adult and said only one person had shown interest in a group in Louisville during his initial surveying so as of now there just wasn't a group. He made a great little PDF of how to get a group started in a city and some basic ideas to help guide things and I got to work reading it. I sent the initial email 8 days ago and as of today there is now an official No Meat Athlete - Louisville Facebook group with members other than myself and we are on the way to starting an official running group!

So here's where we are now...

Basically, I'm heading things up and have had 2 other people show interest in helping me get things started. The Facebook group has 8 members and I'm hoping for our first run to happen in November some time. I'm really excited about what's to come and I'm hoping YOU will help me out by spreading the word!

You do not have to be meat-free to join us, you just have to be open minded and preferably not a jerk with some interest in a meat-free (or meat-less...get it? eat less meat?) lifestyle. If you're already doing the Meatless Monday thing, come on out!

Now, more importantly, which shirt do I wear for the marathon next week? Pink or Blue?

I don't have an unobstructed picture of the pink one but the design is the same as the blue one
After last year's marathon.

1 comment:

  1. Good for you for starting this group!!!
    I always say PINK! :)