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North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail




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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316433792
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Scott Jurek, one of the greatest runners of all time, has claimed multiple victories in the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock Hundred, the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times, among many others.

He has also been named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and one of Sports Illustrated's Fittest 50. The New York Times bestselling author of Eat and Run and a main character in the book Born to Run, Jurek has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, USA TodayWall Street JournalTIME, and ESPN Magazine. A passionate vegan, he lives in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Jenny, and daughter, Raven.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

Chapter 1 Give and Take 5

Deep South

Chapter 2 Live What You Love 27

Chapter 3 Wabi Sabi Masterpiece 43

Chapter 4 This Is Who I Am, This Is What I Do 57

Chapter 5 Never Bet Against the Champ 80


Chapter 6 It Never Always Gets Worse 99

Chapter 7 Southern Hospitality 114

Chapter 8 Nickels and Dimes 130


Chapter 9 Rocksylvania 151

Chapter 10 Running Through the Sticks with My Woes 169

New England

Chapter 11 Nasty 189

Chapter 12 Vermud 203

Chapter 13 Special Forces 220


Chapter 14 Dancing with the Genie 243

Chapter 15 The Hundred-Mile Nightmare 254

Chapter 16 Down to the Wire 270

Chapter 17 The Greatest Mountain 279

Epilogue 283

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