In Eat and Run, legendary ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career as an elite athlete, and about the vegan diet that is key to his success.
Whenever we think of ultrarunning, we think of Jurek. His name has become synonymous with ultramarathon races over the years. This book carries the eloquent sleeve-note ‘a triumph’ from the author of ‘Born to Run‘, Christopher McDougall, which was all the praise we needed to add it to our Reading List and dive in.
One of the things you will notice when reading Jurek’s story is that he comes across as a man with a great deal of humility. Many of the books we have read about elite athletes in the past have been filled with bravado and an assurance that borders on, or sometimes flies right past the line of, arrogance. But not Jurek, which serves to keep his story fresh and worth reading throughout.
Although Jurek is a vegan, he never talks about this aspect in a way that would force you down the vegan line. You can apply all the learnings held within the pages to your personal choices, and the book never tries to convert you. Again, a fresh approach to the topic, and extremely engaging and empowering because of the tone.
What you are essentially getting with Eat and Run is a mixture of two books, melded together. Half autobiography, half vegan cookbook. The end result is an inspiring story of achievement with practical advice for those of you wanting to start down the road of pushing past the 26 mile mark. In fact, we would maintain this book is useful for anyone pushing past the half-marathon stage.
Ultimately, we enjoyed the ‘run’ half of the book more than the ‘eat’; Jurek’s story is inspiring and his training techniques are amazing. But if you pick up a copy of Eat and Run and you have any interest in running at all, we are certain you won’t be disappointed, regardless of whether you’re a raging carnivore or not.