Hi! I’m Kelly Caiazzo, a vegan, environmentalist, half marathon runner, and mother of two preschool boys.
i am running this is a blog about living my best running life. It started when I was training for my very first half marathon in 2013, and has evolved to include adventures in plant-based eating, parenting, mindfulness, and *yikes!* training for my first triathlon!
Running: I began running in July of 2012 when my second son was 4 months old. I’ve come from never running a mile in my life to completing the Couch to 5K program and moving on to half marathons. (In November of 2015, I ran my sixth.) I love the positive changes running has brought to my life, from the quality time I spend outside doing it, to the endorphin rush and added energy that makes me more capable of handling the challenges of daily life.
Education: I’m certified in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and I have a B.A. and M.A. in History from Emory University and a M. Ed. from Harvard University. My background has helped me as I seek to read as much as I can about parenting, nutrition, health, happiness, and other subjects where improving my expertise could positively impact my family. I love reading advice from experts and applying it our own lives… once I figure out who the experts are, what advice would work well for our family, and how to do it.
Nutrition: In October of 2013, our family switched to a whole foods, plant-based diet after watching the documentaries Forks Over Knives and Vegucated. I’ve never felt better, and after reading the research presented in the China Study I’m convinced that a plant-based diet is the best disease prevention I could offer my family in a world stricken by cancer and heart disease. Since then I’ve earned my certificate in plant-based nutrition, volunteered as a mentor for Vegan Outreach, been featured by the plant-based meal planning service Lighter, and contributed to Definition Fitness Magazine. A former high school teacher, I’m also available to speak to high school and college classrooms about the environmental and health impacts of our food choices.
i am running this shares the insights I discover as I run, eat, live, parent and run just a little more.