I don’t do a whole lot of hero worship, but ever since I started running I’ve been completely fascinated with Scott Jurek. Back then I couldn’t understand how anyone, let alone someone who eats an entirely plant-based diet could run 100 miles or more, and run it fast… Here are just a few of his winning feats:
Hardrock 100 victory, a brutal mountain race with close to 68,000 feet in elevation change. The local Silverton, Colorado E.R. Room is usually full to the brim following the race.
Fall down seven times, get up eight -Japanese Proverb. After nearly keeling over halfway through the race at mile 70 with vomiting, dehydration and exhaustion induced visions, Scott picked himself up to win the 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon. Badwater is run in the one of the world’s hottest and most desolate places, the aptly named Death Valley. Temperatures can reach over 130° F (54° C) even in the shade. Rumor has it you have to run on the white painted line on the side of the road just so your shoes don’t melt off during the race.
He’s also won the 153 mile Greek Spartathalon 3 times, and the Western States 100 mile, 7 years in a row (an unbroken record), he hold’s the US 24 hour record, and that’s just a short list of his accomplishments. Runner’s World lists him near the top of the greatest runners of all time.
I own the hardcover of Eat & Run so when the publisher offered to send me a paperback copy to review, I asked if they would send the paperback copy to one of my readers instead. They agreed! So instead of just a review today, you get a giveaway too. The book is more than just Scott running races fueled by a vegan diet, though there certainly is a lot of that, it’s also a heartfelt and personal glimpse into Scott’s failed marriage, the stark health decline and eventual death of his mother, the disapproval of his father and the loss of a great friendship. I read the book cover to cover in less than 3 days and was riveted. Perhaps one of my favorite things in the book is how Scott busts the blood type diet (a diet with no scientific evidence behind it). He’s type O, which is supposed to be a full on Carnivore according the the blood type diet peeps, but when he went vegan, his health and running performance shot through the roof, he even experienced far faster and better recovery times. Radical.
There’s also some of Scott’s favorite recipes scattered throughout, I’ve made most and haven’t been disappointed. I’m still enjoying the hemp milk and Scott’s Smoky Chipotle Refried Beans are literally the best I’ve ever had, but you’ve really got to try Scott’s Lentil Mushroom Burger, the link to the recipe is here, and it’s nothing short of fantastic.
You can read the full Runner’s World article regarding Eat & Run here. It’s the reason I ended up buying the book for myself. For more Jurek awesomeness, check out Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, one of my favorite books of all time.
Here’s his most recent thoughts on the Boston Marathon tragedy:
I’m running for Boston today too.
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Oh, and let Scott teach you how to finally beat blisters while running once and for all.