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A book about the triumph of the human spirit...,
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This review is from: Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness (Paperback)
I found this book 'unputdownable' from the fist page. Okay, so I am a little biased as I am a keen mountain runner (albeit only in the past year) and a passionate vegetarian (practically vegan). I don't think you have to be either to enjoy this book though as it is a a genuine true account of an ultra athlete and how he moved from the ordinary in life to the extraordinary as a record holder in some of the toughest off the grid ultra marathon events in the world. These people do not race for money or personal gain (from the book he was clearly in debt for most of his running career) but simply just to RUN (mostly in remote mountains & trails) to feel that freedom and test the boundaries of the human mind body & spirit. its actually hard to fathom what level of training and toughness you have to endure to even get through one of these races never mind win them and then to go on a retain title after title.
I have read alot of running books in the last year and while some get bogged down in technical speak and statistics this book is a great story with technique & nutrition tips given as clear and concise antidotes at the end of each chapter. Its a genuine page turner.
Scott Jurek is also featured in 'Born to run' which to me is a good story but written in an irritating 'american crime novel' style.
A very good book on good running technique 'Chi Running' by Danny Dreyer which Scott Jurek also espouses (although doesn't mention it by name)
If you read 'Eat & Run'... you wont be disappointed.