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Eat and Run : My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

ISBN: 9780547569659 | 0547569653
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pub. Date: 6/5/2012

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For more than a decade, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force and darling in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race 7 years in a row, setting a course record along the way. He won the Badwater Ultra, a 135-mile "jaunt" from the bottom of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mount Whitney. He triumphed in the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece three times. Recently, he set a new American record by running 165.7 miles in 24 hours. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet make his story all the moreso. In Eat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career as an elite athlete and a vegan and inspires runners at any level. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his incredible, world-spanning, record-breaking races Scott's story shows the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of our food as our fuel. He also debunks the myth that to be a top competitor we need vast quantities of animal protein. In fact, Jurek shows a vegan diet can make one faster, healthier, and stronger by giving the body whole, nutrient dense and easily digestible foods. Chock full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition as well as fascinating science and accessible practical advice including his own favorite vegan recipes, Eat and Runwill motivate runners of all stripes to "go the distance," whether it means adding more mileage to that daily run or expanding one's horizons in terms of what they eat and why. Scott Jurek's training regimen and approach to running are utterly unique but entirely attainable or adaptable. As he maintains, "Anyone can be an ultrarunner." And his story is a reminder that, no matter how far you go, every day's run is a journey of discovery and that human potential has no limits.


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