Eat & Run

Eat & Run

My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

Book - 2012
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For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force -- and darling -- in the gruelling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, a complete unknown, he took the lead in the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile jaunt over the Gold Rush trails of the Sierra Nevada. He went on to win that race seven years in a row. Jurek was also one of the elite runners who travelled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestseller "Born to Run." Jurek's accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary -- and all achieved on a plant-based diet. In "Eat and Run, " Jurek opens up about his life and career -- as an elite athlete and a vegan -- and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting and fishing to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism to his epic, record-breaking races, Jurek's story shows the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of food as fuel. Full of stories of endurance and competition as well as practical advice and some of his original recipes, "Eat and Run" will motivate people to go the distance, whether that means getting out for a first run, expanding food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of human potential. AUTHOR: Scott Jurek is a world-renowned ultramarathon runner who trains and races on a vegan diet. He has prominently appeared in two New York Times bestsellers, Born to Run and The 4-Hour Body and has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, Runner's World, Yoga Journal, Veg News, and many other media. Known and admired for his earth-conscious lifestyle, Scott is also a highly sought after motivational speaker, physical therapist, coach and chef. He has delivered talks to numerous organizations, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Patagonia. Steve Friedman's stories have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, GQ, The Best of Outside, The Best American Travel Writing and, six times, The Best American Sports Writing. He is the author of Lost on Treasure Island, Driving Lessons, and The Gentleman's Guide to Life, and co-author of The New York Times Best Seller, Loose Balls. A St. Louis native and graduate of Stanford University, Friedman lives in New York City, where he is Writer at Large for the Rodale Sports Group.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
ISBN: 9780547569659
0547569653
Branch Call Number: 796.4252 JUREK S
Characteristics: xi, 260 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Friedman, Steve 1955-

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scottbbaird
Oct 30, 2019

As a chef and a runner, I found this to be an interesting read all the way through. Recipes end every chapter; he discusses food choices for races, for a vegan diet, and he also describes his training. The ultramarathon community is portrayed as a large collection of close-knit friendships and crazy characters.

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jonathansmith7447
Nov 20, 2015

great read

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sflibuser
May 07, 2015

It is about Scott Jurek and he describes in the book that he was nobody, had tough childhood and became an elite runner. He is the most famous for winning western states 7 times in a row. He mentions about his running, life struggles and his diet; how and why a meat eater from Minnesota became vegan. For someone interested in cooking, he includes some of his vegan recipes in this book. This book is very inspiring specially in terms of running; running 100 miles and longer.

If you read Chris McDougall's BORN TO RUN and enjoyed it, then you'll enjoy Scott Jurek's book as well. A vegan manifesto but also an honest portrait of normal existential travails -- familial dysfunction, marital woes, alienation from a best friend. The book ends with Jurek's account of his positively super-heroic effort at the Greek Spartathlon Ultra Race. Those chapters alone make the book worthwhile reading. Read this book!

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pittleboom
Aug 06, 2014

Perhaps there is a cult following to this man; this book, however, is badly written and offers little.

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shawnarules
May 31, 2013

This is book is truly inspiring. I picked it up because it showed up as vegan reading when I did an online search...I'm normally not into 'athlete' reads. I was totally surprised by the content and I'm glad that I now have an awareness of who Scott Jurek is and his perspective on running and life.

Trail_Addiction Jan 28, 2013

Great inspiring book. If only Jurek wasn't so adamantly vegan. After two years of running my body into the ground while being vegan I know for me this diet is not sustainable the way it seems to be for Scott. If only Tim Olsen had a book like this I think the low carb paleo perspective would be great alternative view to this. Still this book will get you motivated to go out and run!

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orthogonal
Jan 01, 2013

The chili recipe turned out well, I will make it again. I will probably try more of his recipes. I like how he sees part of his success due to his vegan diet not in spite of it.

hhf3 Aug 30, 2012

Couldn't put it down! Great book, very inspiring, and it includes recipes.

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BeckyHelton
Aug 10, 2012

Really interesting book - and not what I expected when I heard that it is by a vegan ultramarathoner. He grew up hunting & fishing, for food for his family, and became vegan as he found it helped him with his running. There isn't a training plan in this book, he just talks about what works for him and says you should find what works for you.

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nerg363
Jun 20, 2014

Sometimes you just do things

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nerg363
Jun 20, 2014

If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much room

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nerg363
Jun 20, 2014

When you run on the Earth and with the Earth, you can run forever

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