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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 thought this would be a book I'd want to read (I don't think I've read a sports biography type book before), and when I saw it at $3.99, I was bored, so got it and started reading. I couldn't put it down... I got to bed later last night than I wanted..
I recently rekindled an interest in endurance sports after doing practically nothing for the last 15 years. From his dates in the book, I think Scott Jurek is either my age or one year older. I sure wish I was reading this book 15 years ago, I wonder if it would have inspired me to keep doing what I was doing then (and restarting now). I connect with his sarcastic yet intellectual story telling; oddly, I would compare (slightly) his writing style to that seen by Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye; some may disagree, but I thought this right from the start and maybe that's why I enjoy the writing as well as I do (this is just my thing). Some of the characters in the book just have fantastic stories; I'm sure some are true, some less so (i.e. some of the 'rumors' on Dusty as a kid), but all are fascinating.
The other really nice part of this book are the running and vegan cooking tips. Both are just great. The running tips connect to something I'm studying right now anyway (reading Chi Marathon) and I really think I'm going to at least cook up this vegan chili he writes about.
Regarding the vegan recipes. It should be obvious from the title, but it didn't really hit me until a few chapters in. A major theme in this book seems to be one of connecting a vegan diet with improving one's endurance potential. I would leave that to each individual reader's opinion, but for me it is motivating me to (again) go back to something I was doing 15 years ago.
Well, I'm still only partly through the book, it's raining and 40 degrees outside. Something tells me that if I were Scott Jurek I'd be out there running, but I really want to see what else happens in this book!