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  • 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)
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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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I waited a long time for this to come out. Overall it has been worth the wait.

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.
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An excellent read!

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.
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Very well written. Jurek is honest and intelligent his book is a pleasure to read.
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Absolutely amazing book and so inspiring. I have been such a fan of Scott since reading Born to Run and so was very excited when I discovered this book. Well worth reading and would recommend to anyone, a runner or not!
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Fantastic, I really I enjoyed reading about Scott's journey. You are a legend sir, and I salute you.
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As someone with a rapidly developing distance running obsession, this book has been motivating and helpful. Also some great vegan recipes which I will be adding to my running diet!
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Very interesting book, autobiographical in style as well as giving good tips on running and (vegan) nutrition
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Recipes at the end of each chapter, enjoyable read of someone's life how hard work dedication are rewarded with memorable stories of his achievements
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