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Scott Jurek , Steve Friedman
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5 July 2012

'Run until you can't run anymore. Then run some more. Find a new source of energy and will. Then run even faster.' The words of Scott Jurek, a dominant force - and darling - in the gruelling and growing sport of ultrarunning for more than a decade. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead in the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile jaunt over the Gold Rush trails of America's Sierra Nevada. He went on to win that race seven years in a row. Jurek was also one of the elite runners who travelled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the international bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary.

In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as an elite athlete, and about the vegan diet that is key to his success. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting and fishing to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his epic, record-breaking races, Jurek's story shows the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of food as fuel.

Full of stories of endurance and competition as well as practical advice and some of his original recipes, Eat and Run will motivate people to go the distance, whether that means getting out for a first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of human potential.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (5 July 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1408833387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408833384
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sure to inspire any runner about the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of food as fuel. (Body Fit)

Scott Jurek... is undoubtedly the greatest ultrarunner of his generation (BOOK OF THE WEEK The Independent on Sunday)

You'll run faster, but feel like you're taking it easy. (Men's Health)

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An inspirational memoir by Scott Jurek, one of the world's finest ultrarunners.

'A triumph ... a breathtakingly personal account ... A man - and a story - unlike any other' Christopher McDougall, bestselling author of Born to Run


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat and run 14 Aug 2012
By Bobme2
Format:Paperback
Being a keen vegetarian runner, I found this book inspirational ,motivating aswell as practically helpful. Having tried all the recipes I now have a new outlook on post race and pre race foods and recovery. I would readily recommend this book to all other keen runners out there as it has put the meaning in the phrase 'food for thought'
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 5 July 2012
Format:Paperback
After looking forward to this book I was very impressed with the end result. jurek comes across as an individual with tremendous humilility especially considering the achievements he has made in his chosen field, a refreshing change from "team karno!".
Although I have never had aspirations towards veganism I fully respect and relate to the arguments Scott puts forward to his leanings but again he appears to be no pontificating zealot. his basic inclusions for tips on running technique should be considered as gold dust for any aspiring ultra runner, that's coming from someone who just completed his first competition run, a 70mile ultra with no problems whatsoever by employing practically all the said advice, barefoots good & race flats rule!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Well, apart from making my own ultra-running efforts seem equivocal to a jog to the bus-stop, I have to stress that you don't need to be an ultra-runner to enjoy this book. The writing engages, inspires, it's easy to read and wonderful to feel raw passion (no pun intended) leaping out of the pages without arrogance, preaching or indeed any inkling of being better than or above anyone else. The glimpse that the chapters give of the drive and determination behind Mr Jurek's success is enough to inspire anybody to clamber off the couch and do something more than you did yesterday! Bravo! - This is a wonderful read, a fascinating keyhole view into your personal world and I firmly believe that you could probably convince the King of the Jungle to go vegan - even if just for a week!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book. 7 July 2012
By BBT...
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It may not be for everyone but it's inspiring and the recipes look good. Made me a little sad at the end but very thought provoking. A man on a mission to understand his reasons for existence in every way.

One of those books that really makes you think, I quite fancy giving it a go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Self absorbed 30 Oct 2013
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Ok - I know it's autobiographical - but I expected more from this. It's lightweight, Scott Jurek is self absorbed - appears to be completely oblivious to the impact of his actions on other people, and ultimately annoyed the heck out of me. I expected there to be more about his journey to a plant strong life, and kept waiting for him to impart some guidance to some of the lesser mortals like me on how he trains and the nutrition that he uses (which is why I bought the book) - it never came. It's mostly about the trials in his life and how he's a great guy because he overcame. If I'd found this in a bookshop, then having flicked through it I would have put it down again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat Well Run Weller 10 Jun 2013
By OC
Format:Paperback
Bravo Mr Jurek. Having recently turned plant based I was keen to see how the best coped with certain nutritional challenges while running extreme distances. Clearly its in the miso - as thats in pretty much everything the guy eats! Very well written and presented with the help of Friedman/Mcdougall. It's up there with Born to Run. Plant based! Ye!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational reading. 29 Mar 2013
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When I finally got round to reading this book I was hooked and finished it in 3 days (which quicker than it sounds because I don't have a lot of downtime during the week). Scott Jurek has quite a story to tell, and it is told well. I read this whilst nursing a badly sprained ankle and saw my injury in a completely different light when Scott recounts a similar injury with 56 miles still to run whilst racing the western states 100. I must confess as a marathon runner ,ultramarathons hold a fascination for me and this book i am sure will inspire me to run at least one ultra. Scott believes that his Vegan diet has helped him achieve his amazing feats of running and favourite recipes are dotted throughout the book. I have yet to make one of these but I am sure I will and no doubt will enjoy them-probably next time I have vegetarian company. An uplifting book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in running -with the recipes as an additional bonus to a great story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 19 Mar 2013
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If you are a runner or simply a fitness enthusiast this is a must read. In response to people who think Jurek is a bit self important, I didn't get that impression at all. He worked hard for what he achieved, like he says many time in this book he wasn't the most naturally gifted athlete but worked harder than anybody. Good luck to him.

Throughout the book there are recipes and tips which won't be to everyones liking but like most of these books, you can take something away from it that you can apply to your own training or diet.

Another nice thing was to read the "Copper Canyons" story from another perspective.

Great book well worth reading for any moderate to serious amateur athlete.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book that befits its title beautifully
This is a strange mix of a book but it works. There's training advice, a life story and lots of vegan recipes. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Learner
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Really enjoyable book, I love the sheer will power and endurance it takes to compete at Scotts level. Not so sure about the recipes at the end of each chapter. Read more
Published 4 days ago by A. N. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Scott Jurek can write about Running. This book will take you in to the mind of a ultra runner. Makes you want to go out and just run
Published 1 month ago by Alessandro Valenti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it has a great balance between training tips, nutrition and life information. It's not a text book - just a lovely interesting read.
Published 1 month ago by Vicky Rylance
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I love this book! Such a great read would recommend to all runners out there. Give great tips on diet too.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs S Alleyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Jurek is a true legend
Scott Jurek is a true legend of the Ultra Marathon world! Winning some of the most demanding and punishing Ultra Marathon races multiple times, Also setting a new US record for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andy Spittle
5.0 out of 5 stars From the heart
A great and enlightening read, if you have read born to run and enjoyed it you will enjoy this also.
Published 1 month ago by Brett G
5.0 out of 5 stars Boss
The best autobiography ive read... wish i could read it all again! Thanks Scott... will read born to run next!
Published 1 month ago by Ethix
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
This book is a real pageturner! I really loved the healthy receipes! Would highly recommend for everyone who is into running.
Published 1 month ago by Queri
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Very easy to read from start to finish and very inspirational. I've never even considered vegan cuisine for fuelling my long runs but very intrigued now.
Published 1 month ago by Tendur
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