- 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 (290 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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I was truly inspired by his courage and strength both mentally and physically and it was such a joy to follow his journey throughout this book. His recipes at the end of each chapter are simply an added bonus, especially if you are vegetarian and it's useful to know why certain foods are important in (a runners) diet. I wasn't aware of many of these races yet after reading the book I felt I had been introduced to places and cultures I hadn't known existed which in itself is inspiring and educational. Every bit of his success is well deserved and he has my utmost respect and admiration. I have no aspirations to compete in an ultra marathon but my own goal to run a marathon next year seems now quite a modest achievement but one that with the right training and mindset I know I will achieve. Thanks Scott, a fantastic book!
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!
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished 13 days ago by MPH
Great book, totally transformed my thinking about going vegan. Love it.Published 29 days 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 1 month ago by Irene
Amazing inspiration, knowledge, encouragement and recipes. I only wish I bought a paper copy so I could share it around.Published 1 month ago by t k darienzo
A good read although for all the talk of humility and mindfulness there does seem to be alot of ego coming throughPublished 1 month ago by stuboy68
Great book for anyone interested in fitness, especially running, but any discipline. Very motivating, amazing advice on running and mindfulness, chapters interspersed with recipe... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca marsh