Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

by Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race seven years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile “jaunt” through Death Valley. Recently he set an American record of 165.7 miles in 24 hours—6 1/2 marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so.

In Eat and Run, Scott 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 hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his world-spanning, record-breaking races, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Chock-full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, fascinating science, and accessible practical advice—including his own favorite plant-based recipes—Eat and Run will motivate everyone to “go the distance,” whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544002319
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 97,767
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

SCOTT JUREK is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion 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 on CNN and in the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous 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 the esteemed Entertainment Gathering. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, please visit www.scottjurek.com.

STEVE FRIEDMAN is the author of Lost on Treasure Island, Driving Lessons, and The Agony of Victory and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Loose Balls. His work has appeared numerous times in The Best American Sports Writing. His website is www.stevefriedman.net.

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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't run ultramarathons but I love running. I always get asked why I run marathons and why do I choose to "torture" my body. I always find myself trying to find the right words to articulate how running has become a part of who I am. Scott Jurek does a wonderful job describing his love for running and sharing his own personal battles and accomplishments. I first learned of Scott, like many others, through reading Christopher Mcadougal's "Born To Run". His story resognated with me and inspired me to continue running and to expand my food knowledge. I love how at the end of each chapter he includes a recipe and a story about how that recipe came about. "Eat and Run" is a book that runners and non runners can enjoy. If you have ever struggled with overcoming obstacles, have goals you want to reach, want to start running, or just looking for yummy healthy recipes - this is a great book to read. Be ready to be inspired and have your eyes opened to a whole new world.
MikefromStateCollege More than 1 year ago
I read this book after finishing Born To Run - another book I highly recommend - and enjoyed it greatly for it insight into running and its inspiration. Simply put, it's a must read for anyone who runs or has an interest in becoming a runner. I credit this book for giving me the motivation to sign up for my first 5ks and 10ks, half-marathons and marathons, Tough Mudders, etc. Before, running was something I just did when I could. Now it's beginning to become a lifestyle much like eating and sleeping. Get this one for your library!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is not just about running and being a vegan. It is about Scott's journey to figure out why he runs. Not sure if he quite has it figured out yet but traveling through his life is worth the read. Plus he oncludes some great recipes that will have you exploring new foods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic chronicle of the joys of running and the wonders of freeing one's self of the unnecessary consumption of animal flesh and secretions. Thank you, Scott!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable read, a definite page turner. I enjoyed the constant break-aways from an exciting run to a recipe for healthy eating. If you liked "Born to Run" you'll enjoy this book also. Related to many of the questions the author examines in the book. Made me just a little happier to be a runner, part of a running community.
VgnRnrGrl More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. So much helpful running and eating advice intertwined with his life story. I admired him before I read the book but I have a whole new level of respect and admiration for him now. What an amazing athlete and person.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Excellent book!
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Drewano More than 1 year ago
“Eat and Run’ is an interesting look at the world of ultramarathons from one of the sport’s most prolific runners.  Taking the reader on a journey from his childhood through the time spent at the top of his profession, the author give insight on how he helped make himself into an ultramarathoner and take you along to all the highs and lows he’s faced in some of his bigger races.  This is a great read for runners or just anyone looking to make a change in their life.  Note that the end of the book has some of the recipes he’s mentioned throughout the story, so if you get the audio version of the book they’re read to you, but they’re a bit hard to follow and reference that way.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a runner and need some practical advice with food and exercise, as well as a good story to read, this book is perfect. It's easy to read. Scott Jurek has included recipes and exercises to help any runner do their best. Highly Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very inspirational and motivational. Jurek's dedication to his sport and his lifestyle is commendable, and has made me want to BE better and DO Better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about the abuse ultrarunners seek and the pride that lives forever. The recipes are a great addition, but the race reflections and stories are amazing.
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Antoine-34 More than 1 year ago
I have an ultrarunner for 2 years and was looking to get to the next level. This book made me understand how much the diet count to achieve my goal. Scott Jurek is an inspiration; what he went through in life and how altruist he is, is great. I read Born to run after Eat and Run and I think the 2 books complete each other even if I have a little preference for this one. The funny thing is I am a meat guy and now I totally understand where Scott come from. I am becoming a new me, a better me thanks to Scott. Thank you 
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Great book, great stories. Delving into the mind of an athlete like no other. Joining him on his rise to success as well as a fall from grace. This is the first book that I read that I was able to apply the nutritional information. He makes you want to be a better athelete and a better person by example. No preaching, no "how to". Just a bunch of "This worked for me".
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