Eat and run book review
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott JurekIn a book about running? I love the politics of veganism. I agree with it all. Which is point worth pondering on. Willpower is a crucial element of trail running and mandatory for ultra running.
BOOK REVIEW: Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
Mike Benge April 18th, Do you wanna be somebody? Money was tight. Tracing his food passion to her, Jurek was close to his mother, who, before her sickness, tended a family garden and taught Jurek to cook, even when he could barely stir a bowl. But his was not a fun childhood, and he would often escape to wander the nearby woods. As a high-school sophomore, working as a short-order cook, taking care of his mom, Jurek found the focus he needed, by joining the cross-country ski team, the genesis of his running. Then, with Jurek in college his father had kicked him out of the house about then , the odd couple ran, biked and skied together.
S cott Jurek is a combination of fierce competitor, Zen master racer and boy-next-door. I recall chatting with Scott several years ago concerning his desire to write a book about his diet. This story of his running life is the result of that need to share, and any reader with an interest in running and healthy eating will be glad he did. Part deeply honest memoir and part vegan cookbook, Scott warms us up with the challenges of his childhood in the Midwest amidst the world of ski racing. He then embraces running and ultra running while delving into his complete diet metamorphosis. And in the end he remains in the challenge of continuing to expand as an athlete while seeking how he can most authentically play that out. We fail to get what we want.
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Being a vegan, I always look for different recipes and ways to combine veganism with my running. In addition, with Scott Jurek being an ultra-runner, I was intrigued before I even picked the book up. However, the book does provide a valuable insight of how the specific diet can work, even with ultra-runners, who arguably need more calories than the majority of sportspeople. I love the fact that despite enduring significant suffering in his younger days he turned out to be a well respected, down to earth guy who is loved by many and so looked-up to in the running community. If you want a book that is biased towards veganism with recipes Scott uses himself and you love to run a particularly long distance then look no further than Eat and Run. Marcus first discovered running as a means of releasing exam-related stress, and almost immediately fell in love with the world of endurance sports. Previously having represented his county, Suffolk, as a youth athlete, Marcus has more recently qualified for the triathlon age group World Championships in Mexico , and run his first Marathon at Valencia Marathon in
How did you spend the past 24 hours? Probably not in the same way as Scott Jurek did one day in May , when at the age of 36 he ran non-stop for He is undoubtedly the greatest ultrarunner of his generation, as his many race victories — including the mile Badwater Ultramarathon through California's Death Valley and Greece's mile Spartathlon — indicate. Given the difficult Midwestern childhood he chronicles — a mother crippled by multiple sclerosis, an authoritarian father — the glib explanation would be that he started running as an escape, a view he reinforces by saying: "I was often chasing a state of mind, a place where worries melted away". But to reach that place involved much pain as well, including vomiting, hallucinations, grotesque blistering and blackened toenails dropping off — a fellow competitor once had his surgically removed before a race, just in case. Unusually, Jurek's triumphs have been achieved on a vegan diet, about whose benefits he is messianic, and casual readers may well skip the recipes dotted throughout — Xocolatl Energy Balls with raw cacao nibs and mesquite powder, anyone? And while his practical running tips are interesting and innovative, his New Age musings on Bushido and Buddhism slow the narrative.