Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

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From the author of the bestseller Eat and Run , a thrilling memoir about his grueling, exhilarating, and immensely inspiring 46-day run to break the speed record for the Appalachian Trail.

Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners. Renowned for his remarkable endurance and speed, accomplished on a vegan diet, he's finished first in nearly all of ultrarunning's elite events over the course of his career. But after two decades of racing, training, speaking, and touring, Jurek felt an urgent need to discover something new about himself. He embarked on a wholly unique challenge, one that would force him to grow as a person and as an athlete: breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail.

North is the story of the 2,189-mile journey that nearly shattered him. When he set out in the spring of 2015, Jurek anticipated punishing terrain, forbidding weather, and inevitable injuries. He would have to run nearly 50 miles a day, every day, for almost seven weeks. He knew he would be pushing himself to the limit, that comfort and rest would be in short supply -- but he couldn't have imagined the physical and emotional toll the trip would exact, nor the rewards it would offer.

With his wife, Jenny, friends, and the kindness of strangers supporting him, Jurek ran, hiked, and stumbled his way north, one white blaze at a time. A stunning narrative of perseverance and personal transformation, North is a portrait of a man stripped bare on the most demanding and transcendent effort of his life. It will inspire runners and non-runners alike to keep striving for their personal best.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316433792
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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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.

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).

May 21, 2018

Excellent read - not quite as compelling as his earlier book, Eat and Run, but very good. Jurek is an exceptional endurance athlete and competitor; In North he and his wife describe their shared experience during his attempt to break the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for covering the Appalachian Trail while she led his support crew - the highs and lows of an adventure that demanded his full commitment. Jennifer Pharr Davis (whose FKT record he sought to break) writes a better book about the same experience - two actually, Becoming Odyssa and Called Again. All are worth reading!

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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