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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Paperback – April 2, 2013
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2012: 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. Part memoir, part training guide, part vegan manifesto, Jurek’s most inspiring proposal here is that running—like so many things in life—is less dependent on physical skill than it is 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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"What a triumph—both 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
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The sign of a good book is whether it changes your life... and I can say that Eat and Run has had such an impact. I now try to eat vegetarian (not fully vegan though), am adopting some of his training strategies, and am even trying to load up on natural anti-inflammatories post runs.
Overall a great book if you are a runner or are interested in a personal look into ultra-running.
I am a runner, but no ultramarathon type of runner, so may something is missing in me to relate to the need to run such distances. Scott never really explains this and it just seems so out there for me to relate to. It's not going to compel me to run such distances, but it will motivate me to run better both physically and with the right state of mind.
The real value to me is the eating part of the book and it left me fascinated he could run such distances and have such stamina on a vegetable only diet. It has already changed some of my behavior, which frankly was not bad to begin with, but has caused me to pause more before I reach for the meat or diary product to include in a meal.
If you like to run and already have a decent diet then you should definitely read this book because it should elevate your game. You should already be a fan of Scott Jurek, too. If not, then it might take a large leap of faith to buy what he's selling.