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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

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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. Twi ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 2012)
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Christopher  Ryan
I'm a longtime admirer of Scott Jurek, both for his athleticism and veganism, and was really looking forward to this book.

Within two pages, however, I was shocked at its simplistic, childish tone and oddly terse sentences. EAT AND RUN is, at times, more difficult to read than a sophisticated piece of literature. It isn't condescending, but comes across as naive and underwritten. I'm not sure if this was his voice or the ghost-writer's, but it was an odd decision. (While I don't know Scott, I on
I couldn't decide at first whether to give this book a 2 for its self-absorbed, sticky-sweet, are-you-for-real passages or a 5 for the moments of comedy and enjoyment my kids and I had in reading those same passages to each other. I settled on a 3.

This guy can run. He can run long distances (100 miles, anyone?) and he can win at those distances. And I totally respect him for that. I just wish he could consistently describe those races without the grand-standing and self-congratulatory tone.

Scott Bischke
Read this book shortly after completing BORN TO RUN, being inspired by the latter and intrigued with ultra-marathoning, the ultra-marathoning life, and Scott Jurcek. Loved reading about his exploits in any of a hundred races, the crazy pain these folks put themselves through. And also greatly enjoyed the way the book talked of nutrition as the basis of his incredible physical feats. Only a tiny downgrade for some self aggrandizing, though given the premise of the book being reviewing his stellar ...more
Martin Rowe
I'm a marathon runner and I'm a vegan, so I've a soft spot for Scott Jurek. I've seen him speak twice in person and he seems like a nice guy, and his memoir hasn't changed my opinion of him. He's made an enormous contribution to distance running, and shown that you can be a world champion on a vegan diet! He doesn't shy away from the "v" word, but he doesn't talk much about animal welfare (he initially became a vegan for health and environmental reasons).

I hadn't realized that Scott had grown up
I was very disappointed in this book though maybe it is my own fault. I wanted to learn about ultras and was very curious about his diet but the book felt flat to me. Jurek seems very invested in this dual narrative that he is just an ordinary person who has a stronger will than everyone else and that he achieves because he lives so outside the mainstream.

He was awfully sneery about the modern lifestyle considering this lifestyle is what allows his to exist.

I enjoyed hearing about Dusty and th
La Petite Américaine
And now a summary of this book.

"I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great. I'm vegan. I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great. I'm vegan. I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great. I'm vegan. I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great. I'm vegan. I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great. I'm vegan. I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great. I'm vegan. I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great. I'm vegan."

Look. I like Scott Jurek. We all do. He's a great runner and he just seems like a really nice guy. But you'll need the willpower of an ultra marathoner to get throug
J.R. Newell
Before I read this book, I had never heard of Scott Jurek. I checked it out of the library based on an article I had read in a running magazine and thought the premise sounded interesting. And it was -- but the writing was not. The book did not flow well at all. While what Scott Jurek as accomplished as an ultramarathon runner is AMAZING, he doesn't know how to craft his rather rough childhood into an interesting and compelling story that could inspire others. He didn't touch on how he balanced ...more
This was great, sure if you liked “Born To Run” odds are you will greatly like this, but that aside I’m a Jurek Fan. He’s one of the few athletes in the world, real athletes and it was only a matter of time before the popularity of “Born To Run” would enable him a real opportunity to write his own story/biography.

He didn’t have it exactly rough but life sure as shit wasn’t diamonds and pearls for this guy, even through his career and I guess up until now. Seems like whenever he accomplished som
A truly engaging and inspiring read. This was more than just a book on eating and running, this was a book on life. On living life free, fun and fast. On living life as kind and as open as you can while chasing the high of the run. Ultramarathoners are unique individuals and I am in awe of Scott's determination and perseverance to finish.

As a runner and a vegan myself, this spoke to me on those basic levels but this again was so much more. Scott's story from early childhood and his first race s
The writing is very subpar, but the recipes have been really good so far. The lentil burgers are time-intensive but fantastic and you can make a ton of them at once and freeze them forever. They taste good not even cooked, just eat them raw or whatever.
The book itself is really strange, you can tell that there is a whole lot of information missing (like how we only hear about all of the "amaaaazing" runs he has where he wins the race, but we never hear about the races he doesn't finish). I remem
Jurek now only runs ultra marathons, he wins them--repeatedly. Does that mean he should write a book. Yes. Absolutely. Get it all out on paper, get it published, make some money. You earned it.

Now, do you want to read this? Let's do this old school:

[page 17]
You're jogging along in mile 42 in an ultramarathon and hobo standing on top of a cactus offers you a drink out of a caldron full of laundry. He has a chicken on his shoulder and points to a calendar floating in the air. On the 23rd of Fig Ne
20130327 I've been a fan of Scott Jurek for many years, so I was pretty excited when this book came out. It's a great story: well-written, courageous, very inspiring. My only issues with it were the descriptions of overt sexism present during some of his competitive runs. Honestly, that's the only reason why I didn't give this book five stars. As a female runner, listening to this book while out running, it was a huge slap in the face to hear some of the degrading insults offered up as "encoura ...more
I really could relate to Scott Jurek, when he wrote about running for the love of running, with childlike joy at the experience. I've never run an ultra, but have completed 2 full marathons and 16 halfs. The way he wrote about running was inspiring. I could almost imagine that I was running while reading this book, and I did run quite a few more miles than usual this week, which I attribute to this book. It was nice to get a few recipes as well, some of which I plan on trying out.

My only letdow
Sharon Roy
I am all about running these days, and this book, written by an amazing and successful ultra marathoner who is also a vegan who does yoga and practices Tao Buddhism, is pure inspiration. The book is structured by a series of vignettes about Scott's early life and from is running career. Each story provides a glimpse into the physical, psychological, and spiritual elements of Scott's development as a runner and as a person. Each story is followed up with a bit of sage advice for inspiring runners ...more
Christina G
Reading this book is like getting stuck in a one-sided conversation with the most boring dude at the party. In this particular case, the offender is an ultra-marathoner who's discovered the miracles of a vegan diet. As much as I love veganism and running, turns out I can't stand the person who's most famous for living/promoting the two.

I'm actually too irritated about the time I wasted with this book to give it a lengthy review. I can't even make the vegan recipes in it because he uses such expe
I’m going through a bit of a Scott Jurek phase right now that started with reading Born to Run and was helped along when he recently distance-ran the shit out of the Appalachian Trail. It helps that he grew up here in Northeastern Minnesota and before he ever won a big-deal ultra or pimped a plant-based diet in the pages of the New York Times he was cruising the local trails and gorging himself in the Miller Hill Mall food court.

How relatable!

Truly, his accomplishments are remarkable and he chro
I made it three quarters of the way through and had to take it back to the library. I'm interested in his story and I like the recipes but I'm not a huge fan of the writing.
I had recently re-read Born to Run and I thought I give this book a try. I listened to it on CD and didn't like it as much as BTR.

First - Scott Jurek is an amazing athlete, no doubt about that. I wanted to like this book, but found it just okay. Yes, I am glad I read it. Yes, he is a great athlete. But there were things that bothered me.

You hear a lot about him getting hurt and continuing to run the last XX miles to win. This reinforces the notion that he is a great runner and could endure pain.
Mrs W
Jul 30, 2013 Mrs W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Scott Jurek is a well-known vegan ultrarunner who has won a lot of looooong races and set a lot of records. In the world of athletes, even though veganism and vegetarianism are gaining more credibility, there’s still a strong misconception that a successful athlete must consume animal products. From the book’s title, Eat and Run, and Jurek’s notoriety among vegan athletes, I thought the book would be primarily about Jurek’s diet and his running (strategy, training, etc.). What it’s more about is ...more
A good audiobook to listen to while... well... running, this memoir of vegan ultrarunner Scott Jurek was about what I expected. As the self-described "one of the greatest ultrarunners" (ego, much?) Jurek details his history of running and ultrarunning, going back to his boyhood in Minnesota.

There's a lot of what I thought was excessive complaining about chores as a boy (I know he had to pitch in extra because his mom had M.S.--and I truly sympathized with him for that--but he made it sound almo
Dilyana Georgieva
Вдъхновяващ! Това е най-точната ми дума за Скот Юрек.
"Яж и тичай" отправя глас до голяма степен към бегачите, не по-малко към веганите, но със същия успех и към всеки човек. Скот Юрек е човек, който няма как да не те запали и да предизвика искрата у теб, че можеш да преодолееш всичко, да пребориш тялото си и дори когато се изтощиш, пак да продължиш. Книгата е изпълнена с полезни съвети за бегачите и интересни (макар и понякога леко претенциозни) вегански рецепти. Освен разказите за многобройнит
I am a longtime fan of Scott Jurek, who was my running hero long before I became an ultrarunner. I generally enjoy distance-running related books, and I looked forward to this book since it first came out. However, the writing was simplistic and best, difficult to follow more often than not, and I found I had to force myself to finish the book. Each chapter told a bit of a story, but they all ended abruptly, and the book did not seem cohesively put together. Each chapter included some running ad ...more
A.L. Goulden
The book was OK but I wasn't in love with it. Probably explains why it took so long for me to finish. I expected a little more of a memoir but was more of a series of race reports along with a few tips on ultrarunning and some vegan recipes thrown in for good measure. It was interesting to read of Scott's experiences in the ultrarunning world, but I would've liked a little bit more of a cohesive narrative regarding his life and racing career. It jumps around a lot. Scott talks about his childhoo ...more
Timofey Peters
«Жизнь– это не забег. И даже не сверхмарафон, пусть иногда так и кажется. В жизни нет финишной прямой. Мы все движемся к своим целям. И то, достигаем мы их или нет, конечно, важно, но это не самое главное. Самое главное– это то, как мы движемся к своей цели. Самое большое значение имеет тот самый единственный шаг, который мы делаем прямо сейчас. Шаг, который вы делаете прямо сейчас.»

Отрывок из книги: Скотт Джурек. «Ешь правильно, беги быстро. Правила жизни сверхмарафонца».
Helen Dunn
one of the more enjoyable books I have read about running. Scott Jurek is a remarkable athlete but he also seems to be an interesting person who describes his thoughts on life, relationships and how that relates to his ultra running. He is also a committed vegan and preaches that philosophy in an occasionally heavy handed way but mostly by sharing the benefits he has personally seen AND by sharing recipies. I am a happy omnivore but there are many recipies in this book that I hope to try.
I re-read this book because I am starting to train for a half-marathon. I've always considered myself a runner, but I fell off the exercise path and became a super busy worrker bee; always sitting and not doing much. So I challenge myself to run a half-marathon's been 8 years since I've run one...and a story about an ultra-marathoner is definitely inspiring. I will say that Scott Jurek is amazing! However, upon a second read, the book was definitely a little too simple. Basically he ...more
Partially a vegan recipe book (recipes after every chapter, which being a vegan, I found far too complex to bother with). With that out of the way, I must say that reading Scott's journeys was highly inspiring, and being an aspiring endurance runner, reading of people having the same trouble at mile 70 that I have at mile 15 is incredibly encouraging. Books like this teach us to press on through anything, and that limits are all in our heads. Scott was clear, articulate and engaging to read. The ...more
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I read this book because I was intrigued by him (Scott Jurek) in "Born to Run." I shouldn't compare (which means you know I am), but whereas "Born to Run," can be read and thoroughly enjoyed by anyone, this book can only, and even then only maybe, enjoyed by people who run or have a strong interest in it, I think. With that being said, I do run and I'm not sure I enjoyed this book.

There's no story. It's not well written really. I gave it 3 stars because I have an interest in running as well as
I was looking forward to this book, but it was just okay for me. There is much to admire about Scott Jurek. He competed in ultra marathon running, winning events that involved running 135 miles through Death Valley. Yikes. And he accomplished this while consuming a plant based diet, which should put to rest the argument that you must eat meat to successfully compete in athletics. It should put the argument to rest, but of course it won't. People are slow to change.

I admire Scoot not only for his
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SCOTT JUREK is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion who trains and races on a vegan diet. He has prominently appeared in two New York Times bestsellers, Born to Run and The 4-Hour Body, and has been featured on CNN and in the New 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 moti ...more
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“I'm convinced that a lot of people run ultramarathons for the same reason they take mood-altering drugs. I don't mean to minimize the gifts of friendship, achievement, and closeness to nature that I've received in my running carer. But the longer and farther I ran, the more I realized that what I was often chasing was a state of mind - a place where worries that seemed monumental melted away, where the beauty and timelessness of the universe, of the present moment, came into sharp focus.” 15 likes
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