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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Hardcover – Jun 5 2012

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st (first) , 1st (first) Pri edition (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547569653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547569659
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 triumph - both 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

"This is the inspiring story of an inspired man. Scott Jurek's phenomenal success as an ultramarathoner demonstrates that meat and other animal foods are not necessary for optimum health, strength, and endurance." -Andrew Weil, M.D. author of Spontaneous Happiness and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health "

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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"


" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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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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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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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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It was interesting to read about Scott Jurek from his own words. In Born to Run, they portray him as a much more humble person. In his own book he is admittedly very competitive.

It was still a very good book and has consolidated a lot of the information in Born to Run and has continued to inspire me in my long distance running; especially as a vegan runner myself.
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Format: Paperback
I loved the book, couldn't put it down. It was recommended by a friend because I run and eat a plant based diet, although I had never heard of the author. This book is very encouraging on both topics of running and eating a plant based diet. It includes races he won and races he didn't and I loved hearing about both.
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This is the kind of book I'm always on the search for. Once I started reading it I didn't want to put it down and couldn't waite to pick it back up. If your into working out or running, nutrition and have an appreciation for determination and dicipline you'll love this book!
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