Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek was a book that I had heard about multiple times but never requested it because I thought it was just about ultramarathons. Ultramarathons are events that are longer than the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles. I have no desire to ever run an ultra, hence why I didn’t reach for this book sooner.
Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
“In Eat 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 Run will motivate readers and expand their food horizons.”
I currently have three books out from the library but when I received an email titled “please tell me you have read this,” I knew I had to get it out ASAP. And I’m glad I did.
Why I loved this book: I didn’t know prior to reading that Scott Jurek was a vegan. The more I read, the more he confirmed everything that I have researched and how I personally feel now that I have made the switch and have continued to exercise. He discussed his childhood and the lack of physical activity he participated in, and also shared what he grew up eating; his story was similar to mine. With each chapter, you feel like you are along for the ride to greatness as he shares is successes, and failures. At the end of each chapter, he gives the reader a running tip and a recipe. All of the recipes are simple with only a handful of common ingredients and sound flavorful; I’ve only tried his smoothie recipe and that my friends, will be tomorrow’s post.
I recommend this book to all runners out there- whether you are training for your first 5k or 5th marathon. I recommend this book to all people who are athletes, to those who are curious about being a vegan or a vegan athlete, and to those people who are looking for a little inspiration. This will be a book that I will purchase to keep on the bookshelf.