Sunday morning I got up early, went for a run, then headed out to the Sacramento Earth Day festival to do a volunteer shift displaying my electric car and answering many questions on owning and driving EVs. Miko was perfectly happy to sleep in.
I invited another EV driving friend from the local vegan groups to display his EV too for the Sacramento EV Association and we got premium parking by the entrance and a lot of foot traffic from the EV curious.
This is a huge Earth Day event spanning through a huge park with tons of vendors, activist groups and, thanks to the Sacramento Vegetarian Society, all the food vendors only serve vegan food for the environmental impact. For lunch, I had a tough time deciding what I wanted! This booth was very popular offering vegan tamales, but I decided to skip that line.
And decided on Abysinnia Ethiopian food even though they were popular too!
And got a satisfying plate of spicy red lentils, split yellow pea stew, steamed turmeric veggies, cooked collard greens with injera – a spongy wrap made from teff flour and perfect for absorbing the flavors of the lentils and pea dishes.
I got to take regular breaks to explore the festival and check out some of the beautiful clothing for sale.
And admire more vegan vendors.
There was a lot of pretty handmade jewelry on sale.
And interesting booths to check out.
More fun clothes and accessories.
And lots of crowds! It’s refreshing to see so many people come out for this event and engage with so many passionate causes.
What disappointed me is most everyone in the EV association is not vegan and had non-vegan food delivered to the display area. I need to work on them more and get more vegan EV drivers to represent! I also got to talk to a fascinating member of the EV group, a highly educated Tesla-driving retired psychology professor and professional running coach who blew away a 50-mile ultra marathon in under 6 hours in his prime and ran hundreds of marathons and ultra marathons. And he was happy to tell me about about his amazing running accomplishments which were impressive! Now I’m not exactly going for that, but he had some solid advice to offer for my marathon training this year that included:
- Tempo runs! It’s important get in longish weekly tempo runs at an intense pace making it difficult to speak. He recommended 10-mile tempo runs in addition to weekly long runs – yikes! That will be a challenge with my work schedule!
- Because of my height (6′) and weight, I’m at a natural disadvantage compared to petite runners if I’m going for a competitive pace and recommended I over train the mileage by reaching the entire marathon distance before the marathon. Again, yikes.
- He stressed that focusing on the miles was my best chance for increasing my pace and endurance and not to worry about pace for long runs so much as focusing on hitting the distance.
Interesting stuff and I’m not sure I will ever be that level of runner. But he looked darn good and mobile for an older guy that used to run up to 120 miles a week and his knees weren’t wrecked! I would love to get to the point of being able to run back to back long runs in a week and will need to for marathon training later this year, so that will be interesting with my work schedule!