At the top of the last hill, I looked down at my watch, saw my last mile time and felt in my core that it might happen! I had my first “white light” glimpse of achieving my goal. That was when I really started to believe that I could do it.

The hardest part of the race was just over; I had made it over all the hills and lost little time. I had a good downhill right in front of me and I was still on goal pace and feeling extremely fluid and energized. I was having the perfect moment. My life, my world: I was peaking. I was running downhill past Boston College effortlessly, in perfect health, in perfect weather, fluid breathing and strides. It was a moment I will never forget. 

I got to the bottom of the hill, checked my watch and saw the 23rd mile split: 5:24—and if felt effortless! I continued to run my heart out over the next three miles, averaging 5:30 per mile—my fastest pace of the entire race!

As I turned the corner with 600 meters to go, seeing the finish line and knowing I had my sub-2:30 in hand, it was one of the greatest moments of my life. I crossed the finish line with my arms raised in pure joy…I can’t believe it, I did it, I did it!

On April 19, 2010 I ran The Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 29 seconds!  I averaged 5:39 per mile, placing 56th overall.

I am living proof that a 100% raw, low-fat, fruitarian diet works! I have Mother Nature to thank for the fulfillment of my heart’s desire!

Excerpted from “A Fruitarian Marathon Runner’s Quest for Peak Performance – Michael Arnstein’s story of running the 2010 Boston Marathon in 2:28.29, placing 56th overall” by Michael Arnstein in Vibrance magazine issue no. 5