Laura J Kline has been vegan 12 years and has represented Team USA at World Championships 5 times. She didn’t become an athlete until after she graduated college!
Some highlights from her career are:
2012 Short Course Duathlon World Champion
2014 Duathlon National Champion
Duathlon World Champion Gold Medalist in 2015 and 2010
2nd Female 2016 50k Road National Championship
3rd Female 2015 & 2016 50 Mile National Championship
2017 2nd Female at the Ultra Race of Champions 100k
2017 1st Female at The North Face Ontario 50 Miler
In This Episode:
Laura and I talk about how to run 18 hours. Running for Team USA. The power and freedom she feels in ultra running. How she handles the competition. Race nutrition and optimal fueling. The advantages of being a vegan / plant-based athlete: how her recovery time improved after going vegan, and how her immune system improved too!
We talk about her race history, and some of her strong performance as well as a recent European race across 4 countries in which she had an injury flare up at the beginning but persisted nonetheless.
We talk about her career in Duathlons and how she became an athlete (she didn’t start until after college.) We talk about run commuting for errands and recipes on her website.
We cover how she gets her sponsors as a vegan athlete.
And so much other fun and interesting stuff!
People, Companies, Races Mentioned in the Episode
First race we spoke about:
Altra | Running shoes, zero drop, wide toe box
Unived | Sports nutrition
Ultra Runners who are vegan, mentioned in this episode:
Vegan NFL Players:
Time Stamps of Convo Topics in the Episode:
6:00 Running and biking for errands
9:00 Furiosa, Tank Girl, and Rosie the Riveter
10:30 Freedom and power of running
12:00 18 hour run at the Ultra Trail Mont-Blanc through France, Italy, and Switzerland
13:30 Fueling (food) in the race
20:00 How do you get sponsors?
22:00 Competitive spirit
27:00 Recovering quickly on a plant-based diet and talking to other runners/racers about veganism/nutrition
31:30 Rating 1-5 on Happy Healthy Sexy Strong Vegan
38:00 Veganism is growing so fast! TGIFriday, Aldi…..
39:00 Vegan cookies