Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Cooking - 260 pages
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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 bestsellerBorn 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.

InEat 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 fueloptimal 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, expandingyour food horizons, or simply exploring the limits ofyour own potential.
 

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User Review  - thebradking - LibraryThing

This serves as a companion to Born To Run, the best-seller about ultra-marathon running. Scott Jurek, one of the runners in the book, has written a memoir about his life. I'm not sure that people who ... Read full review

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User Review  - sandra.k.heinzman - LibraryThing

I'm reading this now and although I have no desire to be an ultra anything, I'm enjoying reading about Scott's journey. The nutrition aspect is very very interesting and also the tips he gives on running, breathing, etc. Read full review

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Contents

1 Somebody
1
2 Sometimes You Just Do Things
10
3 For My Own Good
18
4 Pain Only Hurts
27
5 The Pride of the Cake Eaters
37
6 The Wisdom of Hippie Dan
45
7 Let the Pain Go Out Your Ears
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8 Attack of the Big Birds
62
15 These Guys Again?
142
16 The Central Governor
154
17 Hunted by the Wasatch Speedgoat
164
18 In the Footsteps of Pheidippides
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Photos 918
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19 Lost
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20 Secrets of the Dark Wizard
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21 Back to My Roots
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Photos 18
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9 Silent Snow Secret Snow
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10 Dangerous Tune
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11 Are You Peeing?
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12 Battling Bug Boy
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13 Of Bears and Gazelles
123
14 A Hot Mess
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Epilogue
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Back Matter
229
Back Flap
261
Back Cover
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Spine
263
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SCOTT JUREK is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion who trains and races on a vegan diet. He has prominently appeared in twoNew York Times bestsellers, Born to Run and The 4-Hour Body, and has been featured on CNN and in theNew 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 visitwww.scottjurek.com.

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

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