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Scott Jurek , Steve Friedman
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Book Description

11 April 2013

'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 Paperbacks (11 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1408833409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408833407
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Pulverising the outer limits of human endurance, the ultramarathon legend discusses his training secrets and the value of thinking of food as fuel (Men's Health)

a brilliant book (Women's Running)

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

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat and run 14 Aug 2012
By Bobme2
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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5 of 5 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 5 July 2012
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
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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight, interesting recipes 12 Feb 2013
By Toby
Great book and definitely got me thinking about my eating habits. It is worth bearing in mind that anything tastes great after a 20 mile run so think twice about trying to impress a chick with the 8 grain pancakes recipe unless you're sure she has been on a 20 mile run.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 99.9% Excellent Read! 8 Feb 2013
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Just finished reading Scott Jurek's book "Eat and Run". Quite brilliant. Loved 99.9% of it. Am inspired by what humans can achieve.

Deeply respect his vegan lifestyle, just wish he hadn't cited Colin Campbell's "The China Study" (if you want to know why, Google "Denise Minger China Study" and be prepared to be amazed!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top read 27 Dec 2012
By Mike
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Fantastic book, very inspiring and motivational. The recipe ideas at the end of every chapter was a nice touch, have made a fair few of the meals and they are all delicious (if made properly!), well written and worth a read even if you are not an ultrarunner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Journey...
Loved it.. (!)
Published 13 days ago by Jorge Sousa
4.0 out of 5 stars 4stars...
Great read. Nutritional, emotional & tactical information by a true athlete.
Published 20 days ago by tony240610
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very addictive reading.
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Interesting insight into the life and mind of someone who has run unbelievable distances
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insightful and inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Fantastic, emotional, inspiring story with lots of great running tips. Scott is a top bloke, worth a read for any runner, or anyone for that matter!
Published 1 month ago by D. Pickering
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly great
Didn't think it would be such a great read. Just ran my first marathon and looking to train for sub 3. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
beatiful story and beautifully written. very inspiring and motivating. lots of useful information about nutrition, training,racing and life... thx Scott!
Published 1 month ago by Preci e Gomina
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fantastic recipes and a great story. As an incredible endurance athlete Scott Jurek seems superhuman but his writing is down-to-earth and relate-able. Great read.
Published 1 month ago by Charlie Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Digest it - and Run
Inspiring. Every apiring runner should give this a go
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