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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness [Hardcover]

Scott Jurek , Steve Friedman
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Book Description

June 5 2012
“In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.”—Amby Burfoot, author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. Until recently he held the American 24-hour record and he was one of the elite runners profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run.

In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as a champion athlete with a plant-based diet and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Full of stories of competition as well as science and practical advice—including his own recipes—Eat and Run will motivate readers and expand their food horizons.

“Jurek’s story and ideas should easily manage to speak to and cheer on anyone seeking to live life as fully as possible.”—Denver Post

“A shockingly honest, revealing, and inspiring memoir.”—Trail Runner

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"The surprise here isn't that Scott Jurek knows a lot about nutrition—I especially love his "Holy Moly Guacamole" recipe. Or that he ran prodigious mileage to prepare for his many ultramarathon victories. More impressively, we discover that Jurek studied many of the great philosophers, and used their lessons to focus his running. In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn." —Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

"What a triumphboth Scott Jurek's life and this one-of-a-kind book. I've seen Scott in action as he defies unimaginable challenges, and thanks to this breathtakingly personal account, I finally understand how he does it. He rebuilt himself literally from the inside out, and the result is a man—and a story—unlike any other." —Christopher McDougall, best-selling author of Born to Run

About the Author

SCOTT JUREK is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion who trains and races on a vegan diet. He has prominently appeared in two New York Times bestsellers, Born to Run and The 4-Hour Body, and has been featured on CNN and in the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other media. Known and admired for his earth-conscious lifestyle, Scott is also a highly sought after motivational speaker, physical therapist, coach, and chef. He has delivered talks to numerous organizations, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and the esteemed Entertainment Gathering. He lives in Boulder.

STEVE FRIEDMAN is the author of Lost on Treasure Island, Driving Lessons, and The Agony of Victory and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Loose Balls. His work has appeared numerous times in The Best American Sports Writing. His website is

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very inspiring story May 12 2013
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I didn't know about Scott Jurek until I read this book. His honesty is truly refreshing. His stoy is not embellished, he wrote about the good the bad ugly, from growing up to his adulthood and finding his passion for running.
I'm really not good at writing reviews. Just do yourselves a favor and buy this book. You will not regret.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Venetia
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I was very much looking forward to the release of this book, but somewhat apprehensive: I was hoping it wouldn't be preachy on the subject of veganism, or full of ego, or about sudden, life-changing transformations... As a (non-ultra) trail runner, I wanted to satiate my fascination about elite trail runners without ruining my image of Scott Jurek as someone who seems to balance kindness and competiveness. I needn't have worried. The book blew me away and only reinforced my positive image. It's a story of life-long transformation, about how little pieces fall into place over the years like clues to a bigger puzzle. He even says in the prologue "I was common as grass, longing for something I couldnt even name" and "The story of my life is going to sound very familiar. Not in the details but in the desire." So very true. I could relate personally in some small way to almost every aspect of his journey, despite the vastly different details between the life of an uber-athlete and that of a jane-doe-midlife-crisis-athlete. It is also about Jurek's extreme dedication to both mental and corporeal training and research, and his enormous desire to win, yet he maintains an air of honest humility throughout. The presentation of chapters is chronological, virtually all defined by the recounting of a specific key race, but there is enough non-linear story-telling and introspection woven within each chapter to make it fun to read. The photos are well-chosen, the recipes sound delicious, the opening-chapter quotes are spot-on, effort goes into mentioning all the books that have influenced him, and the references notes at the end provide the sources for stories he tells about other people and any cited studies or facts. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for trail runners! July 12 2012
Scott Jurek was open and honest about his motivations, his life, his dreams ... and his recipes. I loved getting into this man's mind. What a fascinating person. At the end of each chapter, he has advice, tips and vegan recipes. I have tried 2 of his recipes - the strawberry pancakes and the lentil-mushroom burgers - both were a HUGE hit in my house. (I have 2 young kids, so this was amazing). I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about the foundations of ultra marathons and trail running. This guy is the real deal. Oh, and if you're an athlete who's considering trying out a vegan diet - Scott is a huge inspiration for that as well. The man won several 100 Mile races on a vegan diet!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read about the WHY of running Dec 25 2013
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I picked up this book after reading Christopher McDougall's Born to Run and Rich Roll's Finding Ultra. Scott Jurek recounts some of his childhood experiences and relationships that helped forge his love of running. His stories about a variety of his races, the challenges he faced and overcame, the challenges he couldn't best, are valuable if you want to get inside the head of someone who has dedicated a good deal of his time and resources to pursuing a career as an ultramarathonist. The book's shortcomings lie in the constant repetition of his pearls of wisdom, which are mostly one or two ideas repeated continuously throughout the book. A book half as long would have been better, but it's still worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It was a gift and he loved the book. It was very inspirational for anyone who wants to use food and exercise to improve endurance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 14 2014
By Joannie
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Belle histoire, bonnes recettes
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book on a dedicated life June 2 2014
By Hilary
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Loved it! A great combination of inspiration, fact & story telling.
Recommend to anyone with an interest in vegan/vegitarianism, running, fitness or ultra-distance sport.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring March 8 2014
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Thank you Scott for sharing your life with us. We may not all have ultramarathoning on our path in life,
but your book inspires us to pursue our passions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing athlete and human being.
As an athlete as well as a human being, Scott Jurek is an inspiration.
Published 1 month ago by Lloyd Christmas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, about a great runner. Scott Jurek is a REAL inspiration!
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Published 3 months ago by Jean-François Lapierre
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring book
I liked the personal style, and how he connected it to lessons from his childhood. Great inspiration for any challenge.
Published 9 months ago by the fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
If you want an inspiring book to help you keeping your new year resolutions, read this book! Scott Jurek is an incredible athlete and a great human being. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jean-David Couture
4.0 out of 5 stars invigorating read!
I read this book not having much expectations. Ended up reading it in only a few days (although english is not my first language), trying many of the recipes in the following days... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Daniel Leroux
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
I bought this book after the reading of Born to Run to know more about Scott Jurek. It was a good book for long distance runner. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Simon-Michel Belisle
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Awesome book, definitely the next book to read after reading "Born to run " gets more in detail of what to eat for optimal running. Read more
Published 19 months ago by troy
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