North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail
‘An ultramarathon legend’ Men’s Health
‘One of the greatest runners of all time’ Runner's World
Scott Jurek is one of the greatest ultramarathon runners of all time and a living legend. North tells the story of his biggest challenge, undertaken at the end of a career full of glittering achievements: breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail, the famous path...more
Question: So you go to a party, how do you find the vegan ultra runner dude at the party?
Answer: Oh, don't worry. He'll find you.
Scott Jurek's book copy bills him as "one of the greatest runners of all time" and "a PASSIONATE vegan" (as if there were some other kind). While I enjoyed his tale of breaking the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Appalachian Trial, I could not for a minute imagine enjoying his company on the ...more
This book made me drop my rose tinted glasses that made me think what a wonderful but challenging effort this was. Judging by what a trained and experienced athlete he is and how many ultras he has done already I would have never assumed how hard this actually was on Scott Jurek and his wife.
A very inspiring journey.
I loved that the book was written from 2 perspectives - Scott's and his wife's who was crewing for him. It was interesting not only because it gave 2 perspectives of the event, but also because crewing for such an event comes with its own set of challenges. And they both saw the Appalachian Trail from their own perspective.
I also loved how true was the book. I had an ...more
That’s what running legend Scott Jurek asks you to do in his newest book, North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail.
It comes out April 10, 2018.
Warning: if you know nothing about Jurek and Appalachian Trail records, then there are spoilers in this review.
In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. That’s an average of 76 km (47 miles) per day.
North is about how (and why) Scott ...more
The Appalachian Trail is some 2200 miles (favorite fun fact from this book: that's half the circumferance of Pluto), and this is the story of how Scott Jurek ran the whole darn thing in 46 days - breaking the fastest known record. That means an average of 50 miles of trail every day, a mentally and physically punishing challenge for even the strongest ultra-athlete.
I've hiked sections of the AT, so I really enjoyed being able to follow his ...more
I highly recommend this book to anybody who takes any interest in running - even of the regular kind, not of the superhuman, ultrarunning variety which Scott does. An additional recommendation goes to the audiobook edition which is read by Scott and Jenny themselves. The story really comes alive. I listened to most of the ...more
“North”, by Scott and Jenny Jurek, is a fantastic account of the adventurous achievement of one of those third-level (OMG) goals.
Scott Jurek, a phenomenal distance runner, could well be called the Michael Phelps of the ultramarathon world. He has had many notable victories, and records, in most all the well-known ultramarathons. These are races, by the way, that typically cover ...more
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But, as I've learned more and more about the Appalachian Trail and the ...more
I'm disappointed that I'm disappointed. This one didn't work for me. I listened to the audio and I think therein lies the problem. I usually like when authors narrate their own memoirs, but it did NOT work for me here. His ...more
But as to my ...more
A simply-written and enjoyable memoir from a couple (told in alternating P.O.V.'s) that provides a glimpse into the world of ultra-marathoning and, in this case, an ambitious plan to break a record running the Appalchian Trail that spans over 2,000 miles. Scott Jurek, an ultra-runner with an outgoing yet spiritual persona along with his wife, Jenny, also a runner with more of an introverted and practical outlook, together join forces for a daunting adventure where Scott ...more
This is just a great story. It's about ultra-running, but it could be about any other impossible task and it would still be a great story. It's a rich memoir about Jurek's attempt at the ...more
Jurek chooses to go south to north (hence the book's title). He has to do it in 46 days which is something like 40-50 miles a day or more depending on how you break it down. Basically--it puts "a mere marathon" to shame (and even that is too extreme for me, and most people).
His attempt highlights all the course support you really need to ...more
It was interesting to read about the creepy people they ran into in the southern states that the AT goes through. Some of their descriptions kind of burst my idolization bubble about the AT. When I read Awol on the Appalachian Trail, I did not pick up on that aspect as much. I guess there are ...more
I had the opportunity to meet Scott and his wife Jenny in Austin for this book tour, so I got some spoilers and additional first count stories of this amazing journey. While being a runner might help you better understand the pains and stress of running the Appalachian Trail, Scott and Jenny made it relatable to everybody, as long as you are a human being :) The cast of characters, the highs and ...more