- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (11 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408833409
- ISBN-13: 978-1408833407
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is more or less in chronicle order. It starts off with his school days, taking up cross country skiing and being good enough to ski county level, from there he starts to do ultras, just really as away to build fitness for skiing.
I would say this book is an autobiography. Many things are left out or skimmed over. He starts seeing a girl and a few pages later she becomes his wife. He doesn't say much about the cause of the divorce. Was running over 100 miles a week and being a vegan putting a stress on the marriage?
He says little about his family. The close relationship with mother is discussed as is the strained relationship with his father. His siblings are hardly mentioned.
Even when he was at his peak he was in financial difficulty but it is not explained why. He still chose to stay in a battered camper when racing rather than a hotel. We don't know if this was a lifestyle choice, financial or simply that he knew he'd struggle to find vegan meals.
We're also introduced to his sidekick who is one of life's drifters and motivates Scott by telling him he's going to "be chicked" (over taken by a woman) if he doesn't pick up the pace, and as soon as Scott wins the race he wants to "go to Vegas to see stripers". The fact that his friend is very talented - he claims he ran 26 miles the night before he won a marathon in sub 3.00 hours beggars belief.
Towards the end of the book you feel that Scott is battling depression and loneliness. He falls out with his running buddy and life has thrown him a curve ball.
There are useful running tips at the end of each chapter(normally a race report)and recipes too, some more time consuming than others.Read more ›
A dive under the skin and into the personal philosophies of one of the world's greatest distance runners.
Some personal history, some info, some recipes.
Probably best to read this after reading the classic 'Born To Run', but not essential. (Some of the same characters/events crop up).
It'll certainly fire up your running enthusiasm.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good book! It's even enjoyable for non-runners.Published 27 days ago by Michael Peter Gillies
I loved the wholeness of the book from the physicality of the Ultra-running experiences to the nutrition and soul searching. Read morePublished 1 month ago
After i ran my first ultra marathon (69 Miles) i read this book and turned vegan for 1 year. Fantastic book, perspective giving, inspiring, great!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, totally transformed my thinking about going vegan. Love it.Published 3 months ago by Michelle T.
Fast delivery, book in perfect conditions and I devoured it in less than 3 days. The joy of running and increadibly good recipes (I have made those burgers a couple of times this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Irene
Amazing inspiration, knowledge, encouragement and recipes. I only wish I bought a paper copy so I could share it around.Published 4 months ago by t k darienzo