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North

Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

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Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316433792
0316433799
Branch Call Number: 796.4252 JUREK S
Characteristics: x, 292 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Jurek, Jenny - Author

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lingham
Dec 31, 2018

The FKT record attempt was incredible. The book was not. Don't waste your time. He writes the majority of it and his wife adds a few pages comment on the end of each chapter. He sees himself the retired hero, struggling to figure out who he is as he reaches middle age. She is just plain crabby towards everyone and everything. And yet at the end they both somehow emerge triumphant and good and it was all wonderful and rainbows. It's a pretty painfully predictable read (not full of "suspense" as the cover comment states) and it's hard to get past the egos and the name dropping. Again... tremendous human accomplishment in completing that trail. But the book didn't need to happen.

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jquick99
Aug 13, 2018

I was disappointed to learn that he did this, with the help of a dozen support staff, just to set a record (and to write a book).

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CarleeMcDot
Apr 24, 2018

When I was looking at the Boston Marathon Expo events I saw that Scott Jurek was going to be at the Clif booth giving out autographed copies of his new book. I followed his journey to break the speed record on the Appalachian Trail and the hubby really does love following ultra running, so I was stoked to pick up a copy of the book. We were able to grab one at the Expo and I flew through it on the flight home from Boston. If you don't know, Scott Jurek is an AMAZING ultra runner with a ton of victories and records under his belt. This book is laid out in a diary format (with him writing a bit, followed by his wife {who crewed him during the entire journey} writing a bit). With our upcoming Rim2Rim2Rim adventure coming soon (although I know that 44ish miles is NO WHERE NEAR 2,189 miles), I loved getting the opportunity to read about the good, bad and ugly of this run/hike-thru attempt. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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