A day in the life of Running Raw

People often ask me what I eat each day and how much I train. So today I thought I’d give you a snapshot of a day in the life of the Running Raw Project. At present I’m preparing for the upcoming World Championships of Stair Climbing at the Empire State Building on February 1st. My training load has increased dramatically through the use of cross-training. If all goes well, I will show them that King Kong is not the only raw vegan who can dominate this tower.

Wake up – 9:32am – 5 to 6 hours sleep (not nearly enough).

Breakfast – 34oz Green Smoothie
2 Bananas
1 Cup Green Chard (de-stemmed)
1 Cup Kale (de-stemmed)
1/2 Crown Broccoli (just tops)
1/2 Cup Blueberries
4 Large Medjool Dates
16oz Well Water

Workout #1 – 10:50am – 50 minutes of upright rowing http://connect.garmin.com/activity/61082797. You sit on this machine as you would a bicycle and push down and forward with both legs. There is a bar (where bike handlebars would be) which you can pull back towards your body, but I don’t use this. I just push down with my legs like a leg press. To keep me from going insane while working out in this machine I watch movies. Today’s film was “The Losers“. I give it a B.

Post Workout Snack – 2 Bananas, 1 Pear, 1 date stuffed with an almond.

Workout #2 – 1:58pm – 63 minutes of deep snow slogging (slow jogging) up Mt. Anthony http://connect.garmin.com/activity/61082801. This is a very steep trail that climbs almost 1,300 feet in a little over a mile. The snow was knee to thigh deep. I wore knee high uninsulated rubber boots with tall SmartWool socks. Power hiking up the mountain put my heart rate into the 150’s. I was able to run down in my uphill tracks. On my iPod – Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Podcast.

Post Workout Meal – 3 Bananas, 16oz water, 1 apple pie Larabar

Workout #3 – 3:41pm – 65 minutes of Cross Country Skiing – Skate skis – http://connect.garmin.com/activity/61082807. I charged at a good pace the entire time. Doing as many hilly trails as I could. My legs were exhausted. My arms were exhausted. On my iPod – Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Podcast.














Post Workout Snack – 2 Bananas, 1 orange, 16oz Water.

Dinner – 7pm – HUGE salad:
2 Heads Red Leaf Lettuce
1 Large Carrot (grated)
4 Radishes (grated)
1 Haas Avocado
1/2 Crown Broccoli (just flowers shaved off)

Dressing (blended
2 TBS Lemon Juice
1TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Medjool Date
1 TBS Nutritional Yeast

Snack – 8:30pm – Mango

This was a heavy training day for me and it followed an almost identical training load from the day before – 3 hours each day. Upon waking this morning, I can feel that I ate too much. For best results I would probably eat 10 to 15% less for this type of training.

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9 Responses to A day in the life of Running Raw

  1. Mike Quintal says:

    Good stuff Tim. That’s a ton of bananas.

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  3. Jacob says:

    Yeah, a ton of bananas there Tim. Totally.

  4. freelee Love says:

    Hey Tim, I love your work and think you are a fabulous human being. We have a thread going on 30BaD that discusses this blog which may be of interest and possibly assistance to you. People say you may be way underestimating your calorie intake and eating more lara bars than you think? Would be great to get your feedback here.
    Happy New Year my friend X
    http://www.30bananasaday.com/forum/topics/tim-vanorden-running-on-empty

  5. Frank Giglio says:

    Great work Tim!! I love how people(30bananas a day) enjoy taking inventory on you and actually spend countless hours describing how deficient your diet is.. They continue to amuse me…
    Keep up the great work and maybe I’ll see you at the Maine snowshoe race series this winter!

  6. Denise says:

    I always laugh when I read about raw athletes’ diets.
    …. – love the industrial mixing bowl sized salad!

    I asked Brendan Brazier about his diet, and how he gets through more than a couple of hours without eating and he paused… and said, “Well, I pretty much graze all the time.”

    Good post, thank you.
    Denise

  7. eric says:

    Thanks for posting this salad dressing tim. I have been using it all week.

    Your ever well wisher
    Eric

  8. Daniel says:

    What are some other podcasts or audio books you have liked And would recommend. I am also very much into listening to these while I’m running or walking or whatever. Topics such as philosophy, mindset, etc I’m have a hard time finding a good podcast. I’m currently listening to walden which has been my absolute favorite so far.

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