When I first heard about Scott's Jurek's new book "Eat and Run" I was very intrigued and purchased a copy on Amazon.com which arrived at my house on the release date of June 4th. I have finished reading the book and wanted to write about it and highly recommended. It is a great read at many levels as I will try to illustrate in this blog post. If you want to get a copy check this site: http://scottjurek.com/eatandrun/
To begin with, Scott Jurek, is an ultramarathon legend who has among his many wins 7 consecutive Western States 100 mile races. The race is the first United States 100 miler which started in 1974 and is run on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday in June. The next event takes place June 23 of this year. For more info on this particular event, check out their web site at http://ws100.com/
Scott Jurek was born and raised in Minnesota and the book begins with his early childhood and conflicts with his father and having to deal with his mother's chronic illness. He goes on to describe his early athletic career where he excelled in cross-country skiing. Subsequent chapters go on to describe in detail his training and races at Western States and other events he participated in including the Badwater Ultramarathon, Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, Hardrock 100, and the Spartathlon in Greece.
In addition, throughout the book we find out about Scott's discovery of the vegan diet in 1997 and how he felt this influenced him as an athlete. At the end of every chapter, he provides some of his favorite vegan recipes such as 'Lentil mushroom burger" and "Minnesota winter chili" which he says tasted so good that is when he decided he could be a vegetarian.
Lastly, he includes training tips on issues such as breathing, stretching, and finding the time to exercise. Several color pictures give a glimpse of the beautiful places he has been to in his career.
I came away inspired and I think some of you may also be able to take away quite a bit in reading this.
Lastly, as part of his book tour, he recorded several podcasts about his book and the best one in my view was his interview with http://UltraRunnerpodcast.com and at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ultrarunnerpodcast.com/id492152715