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

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
"In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn."-Amby Burfoot, author ofThe 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 bestsellerBorn to Run.

InEat 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 Runwill 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

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

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.

Read from the Book

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. 1SomebodyBADWATER ULTRAMARATHON,DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, 2005The 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 them. I was
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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 Championships, 2010
Acknowledgments 229
Race History 230
Notes 235
Index 241

From the Publisher

"In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn."-Amby Burfoot, author ofThe 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 bestsellerBorn to Run.

InEat 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 Runwill 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

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