Scott Jurek

Eat and Run

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'Run until you can't run anymore. Then run some more. Find a new source of energy and will. Then run even faster.' The words of Scott Jurek, a dominant force – and darling – in the gruelling and growing sport of ultrarunning for more than a decade. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead in the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile jaunt over the Gold Rush trails of America's Sierra Nevada. He went on to win that race seven years in a row. Jurek was also one of the elite runners who travelled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the international bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary.
In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as an elite athlete, and about the vegan diet that is key to his success. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting and fishing to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his epic, record-breaking races, Jurek's story shows the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of food as fuel.
Full of stories of endurance and competition as well as practical advice and some of his original recipes, Eat and Run will motivate people to go the distance, whether that means getting out for a first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of human potential.
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Impressions

    Anna Veenstrashared an impression5 years ago
    🚀Unputdownable

    2 evenings and I finished the book! So easy to read, so difficult to imagine that a human body is capable of such extreme things, especially if you yourself have recently started to prepare for your first half marathon. Truly inspiring! It is so much more that just about physical training, to train your mind. Long story short, great book!

    Irene Fedorovychshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🎯Worthwhile

    Helen Osokinashared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot

Quotes

    Александраhas quoted4 years ago
    Run until you can’t run anymore. Then run some more. Find a new source of energy and will. Then run even faster.
    Anna Veenstrahas quoted5 years ago
    If we read it closely, everything we need to know about running is in Pheidippides’ story. He ran over 300 miles—the first half in a little over one day—and he didn’t even get what he wanted! If you run long enough, that tends to happen. Whatever quantitative measure of success you set out to achieve becomes either unattainable or meaningless. The reward of running—of anything—lies within us. As I sought bigger rewards and more victories in my sport, it was a lesson I learned over and over again. We focus on something external to motivate us, but we need to remember that it’s the process of reaching for that prize—not the prize itself—that can bring us peace and joy. Life, as countless posters and bumper stickers rightly attest, is a journey, not a destination.
    Anna Veenstrahas quoted5 years ago
    In a sprint, if you don’t have perfect form, you’re doomed. The ultra distance forgives injury, fatigue, bad form, and illness. A bear with determination will defeat a dreamy gazelle every time. I can’t count the number of times people have said, “I can’t believe he beat me.” Distance strips you bare.

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