|Fina Oakes - Wonder Woman? or Masochist?|
Runners World have run a photo feature about Fiona in their latest edition but her incredible results and track record got edited to 'in her age group'. Now to look at her you may think 'well whats the problem with that?' . The trouble is despite her youthful, straight out of the packet, must be photoshopped good looks, she is in reality no longer the spring chicken she resembles. Her Secret? a healthy plantarian / vegan / strict vegetarian diet and lots of hard work on the farm.
It's changing, but we still suspect that despite Vegan Fitness , Vegan Body Builders, Vegan Runners, Mike Tyson, Gorillas, Elephants, Rhinoceroses there is this pervasive idiotic idea that you can't build muscle without meat (sic), you need milk for calcium (sic) and eggs will give you a competative edge. Not true. Foods for Life Nutritionist Gareth Zeal is vegan and used to be a champion weight lifter, he would regularly lift far heavier weights that weightlifters double or treble his size. Power is more important than bulk and plant protein helps you take advantage of that.
So did Runner's World find it a little tough and hard to swallow that a vegan was faster and tougher than over 99.9 % of their meat eating readership, perhaps.....
Fiona Oakes has been selected for a place in the Marathon de Sables 2012 Through the Sahara said to be 'the toughest footrace on Earth, claimed as suitable 'for lunatics and masochists' (see website)
It covers 243km/151 miles (in sections similar to 25, 34, 38, 82, 42, 22 km) run over 6 days (7 for some) - equivalent to 5 1/2 regular marathons. That's a speed of between 3 and 14 km an hour for competitors aged between 16 and 78). In addition to that, competitors have to carry everything they will need for the duration (apart from a tent) on their backs in a rucksack (food, clothes, medical kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.
Fiona needs to raise a minimum amount of donations to qualify to be subjected to this mental and physical torture so please donate to one of 3 charities below and make the whole dangerous, torturous, crazy thing worthwhile as well as supporting this amazing vegan supergirl / wonderwoman. Please Donate Now