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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness [Kindle Edition]

Scott Jurek , Steve Friedman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (612 customer reviews)

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“In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.”—Amby Burfoot, author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. Until recently he held the American 24-hour record and he was one of the elite runners profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run.

In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as a champion athlete with a plant-based diet and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Full of stories of competition as well as science and practical advice—including his own recipes—Eat and Run will motivate readers and expand their food horizons.

“Jurek’s story and ideas should easily manage to speak to and cheer on anyone seeking to live life as fully as possible.”—Denver Post

“A shockingly honest, revealing, and inspiring memoir.”—Trail Runner


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While many of us sit behind a desk for eight or nine hours a day, Scott Jurek is running. A legend among hard-core runners, Jurek has fashioned a lucrative career as an ultramarathoner. He runs--and wins--grueling races in excess of 100 miles in a wide array of usually inhospitable environments: Death Valley, the Sierra Nevada mountains, Mexico's Copper Canyon. And he does it on a completely plant-based diet. In Eat and Run, Jurek tells the story of how an average Midwestern kid growing up on meat he caught or killed himself became a vegan elite athlete. The most inspiring proposal in this book--part memoir, part training guide, part vegan manifesto--is that running, like so many things in life, depends less on physical skill than on willpower. Runners of all levels, meat eaters, and vegans alike will be inspired to lace up their sneaks and hit the trails. --Juliet Disparte

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"The surprise here isn't that Scott Jurek knows a lot about nutrition—I especially love his "Holy Moly Guacamole" recipe. Or that he ran prodigious mileage to prepare for his many ultramarathon victories. More impressively, we discover that Jurek studied many of the great philosophers, and used their lessons to focus his running. In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn." —Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

"What a triumphboth Scott Jurek's life and this one-of-a-kind book. I've seen Scott in action as he defies unimaginable challenges, and thanks to this breathtakingly personal account, I finally understand how he does it. He rebuilt himself literally from the inside out, and the result is a man—and a story—unlike any other." —Christopher McDougall, best-selling author of Born to Run

Product Details

  • File Size: 11091 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408833409
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OCHOZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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153 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Scott Jurek April 27, 2012
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Many people first heard of Scott Jurek due to Chris McDougall's "Born to Run", although I think I had had heard of him through Runner's World. I must confess, I was anxiously awaiting the publication of this book, admiring it on Amazon and counting the days until June 5th. Then I had an opportunity to get it early--yippee!

Scott Jurek is an ultrarunning legend. Not only has he won Western States 100 seven times, but to do it he has run on torn ligaments and stepped on a rattlesnake (or maybe that was Badwater)and overcome countless other obstacles along the way. In any case, he's amazing, and many athletes think he is all the more amazing because he does all of this on a vegan diet. I admit to being intrigued about a vegan diet, and for anyone considering such a lifestyle change I found the book helpful. It's dotted with recipes, and I really like Scott's attitude--it's not holier-than-thou at all. He merely emphasizes that the three most common causes of death in the Western world are all diet and lifestyle related.

You wouldn't think someone who can run 165 miles at a stretch would be relatable, but he is! He's smart and funny and thoughtful and sometimes he seems like anyone else, if they happened to be running ridiculous distances. At one point during a race he's so miserable he starts looking for a sidewinder, figuring if he gets bit he can quit without guilt. I can totally relate to that! I have had similar thoughts--if I get eaten by this bear I won't have to climb this God-forsaken hill. I'm sure others have as well.

Very entertaining, and for the casual runner, like me, very inspiring. I don't think I'll go vegan--I like dairy and eggs a LOT--but I am putting some more thought into what I eat and eating more veggies and fruits, and I think Scott would approve.
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful
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Scott Jurek had me from the prologue through the very last word. The book arrived on a day when I had no time for reading it. Or so I thought. Just a peek, I told myself. I opened it and flew away with the runner, the skinny adolescent, the determined athlete, the world-renowned ultrarunner, the vegan. Many hours later having reached the end, I was finally able to put it down. That is some book!

The writing is crisp and vivid. The running is sweaty, painful, uplifting. Sometimes you are face down in Death Valley dry heaving and doubtful you can go on, sometimes you are jubilant in victory, always you are mesmerized, captivated, held in the grip of a writer who has something to say and knows how to say it. The book is written with certainty, determination, and nerve. Jurek grabs you and holds on just as he holds on to his dreams and aspirations. His father taught him "Don't ask why. Sometimes you just do things." The theme continues throughout the book, throughout Jurek's career. It is a rule that makes for hard lessons, but lessons that serve him well.

Along the way the author introduces us to fascinating characters, among them Dusty, his favorite last of the race pacer, his father, the disciplinarian and complicated man who eventually balloons to 280 pounds but urges his son to give up his vegan diet, his mother, the creative cook and loving early force in his life whose own life-force was sapped and eventually stamped out by multiple sclerosis.

The book is unified by three compelling themes: the running itself, the joys and requirements of food and eating, and deep spiritual discovery. All work together just as all have worked together to make Jurek the outstanding man and runner that he is.

I learned so much from this book.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Good June 27, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Scott Jurek's book, Eat & Run, is inspiring in so many ways. Although I don't (yet) aspire to be an ultramarathoner, I am a consistent runner (max out at 26.2 races) who greatly appreciates the solitude, freedom, introspection, and feeling of wholeness that comes from running. This is not a book just for ultra-runners. For anybody who is serious about body/mind/spirit issues, I think this book is an excellent resource whether a recreational runner, a frequent racer (no matter the distance), cyclists, and even elite athletes from other sports who will appreciate the discussion about performance, nutrition, competition, camaraderie, and self-doubts.

A handful of things I appreciated about the book:
- The coming of age aspect of the book: In this sense, Scott's life journey is told more like a novel than a biography. The transparency into Scott's life (both good stuff and bad stuff) as it related to his underdog social status as a kid, his relationship challenges with his father, the tragedy with his mother's sickness, and his circle of friends helped create a meaningful feeling of a kid who faced both normal and abnormal struggles in life while searching for meaning and striving to overcome.
- Character development: Again, although this is not a novel, Scott and Steve Friedman did a fantastic job developing the various `characters' in the book. We got to know people really well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and a good inspirational read
Jurek writes well, making his biography an easy read. It's purely an inspirational/personal story type book, rather than a running book, but it certainly plays well in the genre... Read more
Published 1 day ago by John B
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
This book is a fun, easy and super fast read. I couldn't put the book down and felt inspired - it definitely boosted my drive to run an ultra marathon!
Published 1 day ago by Yvonne H
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably Entertaining
I enjoyed Scott's recipes, and his version of the Western States Runs. Truly a wonderfully gifted and hardworking athlete, he is a facile storyteller. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Aging Athlete
5.0 out of 5 stars Any current or former runner will enjoy this book....
A great book that no only teaches you inspiration and courage but shows you how you can eat healthier and still have endurance. Read more
Published 7 days ago by irunalot
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read - I loved it!
Scott's humble and yet determined attitude is evident throughout this entire book which is both inspiring and motivating. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Brooke Sivendra
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and well-written account of one of the greatest...
Interesting background to Scott Jurek's life plus accounts of many famous races around the world. A genuine legend of the sport.
Published 9 days ago by Ian Sharman
5.0 out of 5 stars Devoured it!
A touching, raw and honest memoir about running and life. Resonated. I admire Jurek's continued dedication to reach that metaphorically unattainable personal best.
Published 13 days ago by seth d starner
5.0 out of 5 stars I read about things I can't do.
I can't run this far...nor this fast, but I like to read about people who do. Good read with lots of stuff mixed in to keep it useful too.
Published 14 days ago by Mutantatoms
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible & informative
This book is beautiful. If you just started running, if you've run for years- read this!... My favorite book I've read for a long time (maybe ever). Read more
Published 14 days ago by Elliot
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This book is about a man who goes from little athletic ability to someone who can run ultra-marathons. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Cory Wood
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What other good runner diet books are there?
There is a great book out there called the fat factor that has helped me tweak my body to its peak. It would definitely help you out. You can find a review of it here http://blackmagicweightloss.com/?page_id=20
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