Became a Vegan in 2013
Started Running in 2013
My Favorite Vegan Restaurant is Spiral Diner in Dallas
My Favorite Vegan Cookbook is Minimalist Baker
I became a Vegan mainly by chance, in 2013. New Years eve of 2012, I made a decision that I needed to get back in shape and get back to enjoying the outdoors which was my first love. I started losing weight and getting shape following the Hip Hop Abs video (no, the abs never came) but it also introduced me to a 21 day cleanse that essentially has you go Vegan during the period. After losing 20 pounds during this period and feeling better than ever, I realized that I could never go back. Becoming a Vegan for health and vanity started me on a journey that has made me a more compassionate person and forced me to understand the destruction that our diet has on others and the environment.
My venture into running was essentially the same way, just by chance. In June of 2013 I was online late at night and saw an ad for the Houston Marathon and 5 months later I was doing a marathon. When I signed up for the marathon, I didn’t realize that a couch to marathon in 5 months wasn’t a normal thing, but was lucky to not get injured and start my love for running. For me, running is about pushing myself to find my impossible. I love signing up for a race, or a big challenge and then working everyday towards that goal. I have found that when I run at least 5 days a week, I feel better, make better life decisions and am a better husband, father and employee.[/span6] [span6]
Became a Vegan in 2009
Started Running in 2001
My Favorite Vegan Restaurant is Sipz in North Park, San Diego
My Favorite Vegan Cookbook is The Veganomicon (thanks, Isa!!)
In the winter of 2009, I was about 6 months away from becoming a Dad. I’d always wanted to have a family and be a father. Part of my mindset at the time, was to learn where our food was coming from. On a December morning, after visiting a dairy farm in Ramona, CA, I become vegan. If you have ever lived in SoCal you would know that the only time of the year where the hills are green is in the winter when the parched earth of San Diego gets rain and snow. This dairy farm was located on a green plateau just west of Cuyamaca Peak. The only part of that plateau that wasn’t green, was the farm. It looked like an industrial site with machinery strewn about, fences, and huge piles of waste everywhere. The cows that were there will forever have a place in my psyche, what I witnessed is beyond this about me post, but the knowledge I picked up that day and afterward are very much a huge of part of who I am and why I am vegan.
My running life started, like many others, in high school. Being from New York, I ran winter track in high school to prep for baseball season. I ran middle distances with a tight knit group of guys that were learning about running and our limits as humans. We went to Nationals, we ran Penn Relays, we were fast, and truth be told I didn’t know we were until years later. Fast forward a few years, after having my son I began to truly wonder what it was to be a man and for that matter, be a human. In the books I was reading at the time there were a lot of different answers, but after reading an excerpt of Born to Run in Outside Magazine I knew what we do. After I finished that book, I started running a few days a week. At the time I was living in a small town in rural Mexico, I ran trails in the valley, climbed the rocky hills, and ran with my dog to beautiful ocean views. (you know Instagram gold) The trails and running are now a huge part of my life, something I couldn’t imagine not doing and I hope to be able to encourage as many people as possible to lace up the shoes and get out there.