- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544002318
- ISBN-13: 978-0544002319
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1,019 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I was also very much moved by his quest to lead a natural life, through his running and through his eating. I was a vegetarian for several years, then I slipped back into eating meat. Reading Jurek's book made me go back to not eating meat, but more importantly, it helped make me much more conscious of the ethics of how and what we eat. What and how we eat are not just things we do, it's who we are. Scott Jurek makes that point in simple and profound ways in this book, but he always does it with humility. He's not preaching, not proselytizing, not moralizing, just explaining how he has chosen to live his life and why.
He takes the reader through many emotional highs, some of his intimate personal troubles, and even near depression. By the end of the book, I had cheered for him, shed a few tears, was highly inspired, got a few laughs, and picked up some great recipes along the way (hopefully I'll get some use out of them). The warmth and compassion he shows for his mother, his friends, and fellow competitors seemed true and genuine.
If running, eating well, or the desire for competitive inspiration are a driving force in your life, I suspect you'll reap the benefits of reading about Scott's life journey.
Scott, thanks for a great book!
The author describes his childhood and family, and how he became a plant eating endurance athlete. By continually pushing his body (because sometimes you just do things) he accomplished amazing feats before being a plant-eating runner was trendy or even thought to be sustainable. He details a number of races he ran, the personal trials he faced, and how he overcame them. Stories of the courses and people he raced with are entertaining and often humorous. He also shares a number of recipes for running food and everyday food. There's no preaching, just a story of his experiences that I found to be extremely relatable.
For anybody in a fitness slump or wondering what makes these crazy endurance athletes tick, I'd highly recommend this book. Be prepared though, you might find a desire to be better that can't be shaken!