Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 5, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
“In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.”—Amby Burfoot, author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. Until recently he held the American 24-hour record and he was one of the elite runners profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run.

In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as a champion athlete with a plant-based diet and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Full of stories of competition as well as science and practical advice—including his own recipes—Eat and Run will motivate readers and expand their food horizons.

“Jurek’s story and ideas should easily manage to speak to and cheer on anyone seeking to live life as fully as possible.”—Denver Post

“A shockingly honest, revealing, and inspiring memoir.”—Trail Runner
 

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User Review  - ProfH - LibraryThing

Very quirky yet enjoyable and even inspirational. Scott Jurek is a likeable, if not exactly relatable, runner. I'm not sure I'll ever attempt an ultra, but this book has me energized for my marathon training. 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
54
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
175
Photos 918
180
19 Lost
192
20 Secrets of the Dark Wizard
207
21 Back to My Roots
215

Photos 18
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9 Silent Snow Secret Snow
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10 Dangerous Tune
81
11 Are You Peeing?
91
12 Battling Bug Boy
104
13 Of Bears and Gazelles
123
14 A Hot Mess
130
Epilogue
221
Back Matter
229
Back Flap
261
Back Cover
262
Spine
263
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About the author (2012)

SCOTT JUREK is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion who trains and races on a vegan diet. He has appeared in two New York Times bestsellers, Born to Run and The 4-Hour Body.
STEVE FRIEDMAN is the author of Driving Lessons.

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