Day in the Life 10; Badwater Ultramarathoner Michael Arnstein

Our Day in the Life of Vegan Athletes Series has a very special 10th episode today. We travel to the Badwater Ultramarathon, which has been called the most demanding and extreme running race on the planet, and ‘spend the day’ with fruitarian Michael Arnstein.  Mike has a 2.28 marathon PR and sub-10 hour ironman results, which is super impressive, but not nearly as impressive as his positivity! Which is put to test during this 135-mile run in temperatures near 120 degrees. He has so many great things to say and he really captures the spirit of this race and what it’s like to run 135 miles. Without further ado, here’s Michael Arnstein’s attempt at Badwater:

How crazy was that! He endured through the night and just when you thought he might not make it, he finishes top 20! Among many great quotes, here is my favorite,

“When you embrace the struggling, you just learn how to accept it and appreciate it.
Because the good times are only really great when the bad times are pretty tough.”

For more on Mike, his diet and other videos see his site, Thanks for watching!

Photo courtesy of AdventureCORPS


Filed under Day in the Life, nutrition, road, run, vegan

14 responses to “Day in the Life 10; Badwater Ultramarathoner Michael Arnstein

  1. Found that truly inspiring, especially as I have my eyes set on my first ultra. Thanks for sharing

  2. Definitely, what a great blog and informative posts, I definitely will bookmark your site.Best Regards!

  3. Peter

    Thank you for sharing. What a agreat inspiration to watch.
    Love your smile !
    Keep it up ! Love to see more …

  4. Big respect! Badwater is truly hard to the core.

  5. Awesome. I get quite a few comments, both negative and positive, about being a vegan runner so it’s great to see a fruitarian achieving this!!

  6. I just discovered your blog and this series yesterday thanks to No Meat Athlete and I love it! I’m sharing these videos with friends and my omnivore cyclist fiance and they love them too! I’m a vegan runner (doing my first half-marathon this Sunday) and have my heart set on one day running an ultra – but definitely NOT Badwater! Thanks for putting this series together.

  7. I’m curious what your professional opinion is of Michael’s fruitarianism? Clearly, he performs well, and has been eating that way for long enough to establish a reasonable trend of health. He’s obviously an accomplished and talented runner, not to mention a good advocate for animal product avoidance. But I have to say, no data I’ve ever seen published supports an all fruit diet – and there’s a few studies that seem to show pretty clear problems with it. I don’t mean to be a contrarian here, but I do think we need to think critically, even when it comes to people in our own camp.

  8. Wow! I’ve always loved Mike Arnstein, but this video really shows the pain of the Badwater. As a raw vegan runner myself, this is truly inspiring. Thanks for the video Matt!

  9. Nora

    Soooo inspirational!! I’m not a runner but have embarked on an endurance race of my own. I’ve lost 135 pounds with 150 pounds more to lose. You have shown me that whatever goal we might have, NEVER give up! Congrats to you and thanks so much!

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  11. Jeff Reece

    Matt – what you are doing here is incredibly inspiring. You are clearly doing what you love and are really enjoying it. As a vegan endurance athlete, I love the videos, but what I enjoy the most is seeing someone doing what they are meant to be doing. Keep it up, man – you are a true inspiration!