Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

by Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | June 5, 2012 | Hardcover

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For nearly two decades, 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 seven years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile "jaunt" through Death Valley. Recently he set an American record of 165.7 miles in 24 hours-6 1/2 marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestsellerBorn to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so.

InEat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career-as an elite athlete and a vegan-and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood 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 world-spanning, record-breaking races, Scott''s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Chock-full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, fascinating science, and accessible practical advice-including his own favorite plant-based recipes-Eat and Runwill motivate everyone to "go the distance," whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547569653

ISBN - 13: 9780547569659

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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

by Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547569653

ISBN - 13: 9780547569659

About the Book

Ultrarunner and star of "Born to Run," Jurek delivers an inspiring memoir of a remarkable running career, fueled, surprisingly, by an entirely plant-based diet.

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Prologue I was a shy kid with high blood pressure. I grew into a skinny adolescent whom other kids teased and called "Pee-Wee." I wasn''t the fastest kid in my school, or the strongest, or even the smartest. I was common as grass, longing for something I couldn''t even name. I was like everyone else, the same. Then I found something. I''m not going to offer any vague parables about inspiration and belief. I''m not going to promise you that if you want to achieve your dream, all you need is faith. No, I am going to show you-in concrete terms-how I transformed myself from the inside out and how you can do it too. Whether you''re a marathoner or weekend jogger, swimmer or cyclist, young or old, fit or fat, you can do this. I know because I did it. The story of my life is going to sound very familiar. Not in the details (unless you''ve found yourself face down in Death Valley, that is), but in the desire. It''s the tale of everyone who has ever felt stuck, of anyone who has dreamed of doing more, of being more. I was stuck like that a few years ago in one of the lowest, hottest spots on the planet. That''s where I''ll start my story. That''s where I''ll start your story. 1 Somebody BADWATER ULTRAMARATHON, DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, 2005 The best way out is always through. -Robert Frost My brain was on fire. My body was burning up. Death Valley had laid me out flat, and now it was cooking me. My crew was telling me to get up, that they knew I could go on, but I could barely hear th
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Table of Contents

Prologue xi 1. Somebody 1 Badwater Ultramarathon, Death Valley, California, 2005 2. Sometimes You Just Do Things 10 Proctor, Minnesota, 1983 3. For My Own Good 18 Caribou Lake Invitational, 1986 4. I''d Rather Ski 27 To Adolph Store And Back, 1986 5. The Pride of the Cake Eaters 37 Running Around with Dusty, 1991-92 6. The Wisdom of Hippie Dan 45 The Minnesota Voyageur 50-Miler, 1994 7. "Let the Pain Go Out Your Ears" 54 The Minnesota Voyageur 50-Miler, 1995; 1996 8. Attack of the Big Birds 62 The Angeles Crest 100, CALIFORNIA, 1998 9. Silent Snow, Secret Snow 72 Training for the Western States 100, Minnesota, 1999 10. Dangerous Tune 81 (More) Training for the Western States 100, Seattle, 1999 11. "Are You Peeing?" 91 The Western States 100, California, 1999 12. Bug Boy Goes Down 104 The Western States 100, 2000, 2001 13. Of Bears and Gazelles 123 The Western States 100, 2002 AND 2003 14. Hot Times 130 The Badwater Ultramarathon, Death Valley, California, 2005 15. These Guys Again? 142 The Copper Canyon, Mexico, 2005 16. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished 154 The Western States 100, California, 2006 17. Hunted by the Wasatch Speedgoat 164 The Hardrock100, Silverton, Colorado, July 2007 18. The Photographer Who Wasn''t There 175 Spartathlon, Athens, Greece, September 2007 19. Lost 192 Duluth, Minnesota, 2010 20. One Step at a Time 207 Slacking in Yosemite Valley, 2010 21. Back to My Roots 215 The Tongo Trail, 2010 Epilogue 221 IAU World 24-Hour Championsh
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From the Publisher

For nearly two decades, 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 seven years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile "jaunt" through Death Valley. Recently he set an American record of 165.7 miles in 24 hours-6 1/2 marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestsellerBorn to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so.

InEat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career-as an elite athlete and a vegan-and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood 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 world-spanning, record-breaking races, Scott''s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Chock-full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, fascinating science, and accessible practical advice-including his own favorite plant-based recipes-Eat and Runwill motivate everyone to "go the distance," whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

About the Author

SCOTT JUREK is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion who trains and races on a vegan diet. He has prominently appeared in twoNew York Timesbestsellers,Born to RunandThe 4-Hour Body, and has been featured on CNN and in theNew 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.

Editorial Reviews

"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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