Thanks for the feedback. Most people don't finish their first ultra. I almost didn't share this, but I think that while success stories are hugely motivational while you're reading them, they are not the norm and the joy of failure should be celebrated too. After all, if winning is happiness, then why aren't most runners miserable? And since no one else likes to talk about failure, I did (why I failed? It wasn't because I couldn't go the distance. It was because there are aspects to ultrarunning that none of those other books talk about).
I just finished spending three months laid up from medical procedures and I can still run a half-marathon on what remains of that six months of training last year, so I was probably doing something right. I'm just sorry it didn't work for you. And yes, buy Scott's book, if only for the recipes. But his approach will only work for you if you're 16 and thinking about taking up track. If you're 44, like me, you'll need different role models.