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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: July 6, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008I506CG
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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Audiobook – Unabridged
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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!