Don't let anyone tell you that you can't race without eating meat. I hear all the time "you need more protein to compete like you do". That is a myth. I get plenty of protein from plants, nuts, beans, tofu, etc. I just competed in a marathon this past Sunday and qualified for the 2014 Boston Marathon! I was 8 minutes faster than I was 4 years ago, and back then I was eating meat! I feel stronger today, and healthier, now that I've cut animal protein out of my diet.