Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
by Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
Book publishing date: 2012
Reviewed by Terresa Wellborn
My review: 4 out of 5 stars
This book is an autobiography by the best vegan ultra-runner ever. What’s an ultra-runner, you ask?
Anyone who runs regular distances of one hundred plus miles. But Jurek doesn’t just run. He’s also a physical therapist, motivational speaker, coach, and did I mention chef?
This book is a gem in that it offers an insider’s glimpse to his foot journey and his food journey, as he rediscovers food as fuel that helps him run even faster. As a bonus Jurek includes several vegan recipes, none of which I’ve tried but all sound intriguing.
(Spoiler alert) Coming from a home life with plenty of challenges, and critics who call him a jerk, Jurek proves to be a fighter. His mom had multiple sclerosis, he learned the value of hard work at a young age, he gained a crazy best friend (Dusty). Later, his parents divorce, he has a falling out with Dusty, and his mom dies. Tough stuff, and that’s not even including cliff running with the Tarahumara Indians deep in rural Mexico. Taken as a whole, this would make a fascinating movie.
A few quotes from the book:
Sometimes you just do things.
Not all pain is significant.
So, what are you waiting for? Whether you’re out for inspiration or entertainment, whether you’re a miler, a marathoner, or none of the above, get curious. By the time you’ve read 272 pages of Jurek’s life, you’ll see the guts behind the blisters, busted knees, and chipotle recipes. And be inspired.