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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Paperback – 11 Apr 2013

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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 (290 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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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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Having just got back into running after several years resting due to an injury, I discovered this book whilst looking for an inspirational read. This is not the type of book that I would normally read but I'm so glad I did. It is a wonderfully written and well researched book that I found hard to put down. Scott tells his story with modesty and humility and is as equally honest and open about the lows in his career as the highs.
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!
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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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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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Ok - I know it's autobiographical - but I expected more from this. It's lightweight, Scott Jurek is self absorbed - appears to be completely oblivious to the impact of his actions on other people, and ultimately annoyed the heck out of me. I expected there to be more about his journey to a plant strong life, and kept waiting for him to impart some guidance to some of the lesser mortals like me on how he trains and the nutrition that he uses (which is why I bought the book) - it never came. It's mostly about the trials in his life and how he's a great guy because he overcame. If I'd found this in a bookshop, then having flicked through it I would have put it down again.
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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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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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