Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman

“In pursuing the psychological aspect of patience, Jurek uncovers an important secrets and techniques any runner can learn.”—Amby Burfoot, writer of The Runner’s advisor to the that means of Life

For approximately 20 years, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and turning out to be game of ultrarunning. till lately he held the yank 24-hour list and he used to be one of many elite runners profiled within the runaway bestseller Born to Run.

In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up approximately his existence and occupation as a champion athlete with a plant-based vitamin and conjures up runners at each point. From his Midwestern formative years searching, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes relations to his sluggish transition to ultrarunning and veganism, Scott’s tale indicates the ability of an iron will and blows aside the stereotypes of what athletes should still devour to gas optimum functionality. jam-packed with tales of pageant in addition to technology and sensible advice—including his personal recipes—Eat and Run will inspire readers and extend their foodstuff horizons.

“Jurek’s tale and ideas may still simply be capable to converse to and cheer on an individual looking to reside lifestyles as totally as possible.”—Denver Post

“A shockingly sincere, revealing, and encouraging memoir.”—Trail Runner

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I'd re-create the stress—physical, emotional, and mental—that an extremely may current. The day after Mount Si, whilst all i wished to do was once remain services, I blocked out the perilous song. I tackled one other direction simply as tough—some could say more durable. there has been no path map for the Twelve Peaks run, a 35-mile path created by way of a Seattle runner in his fifties named Ron Nicholl, perpetually known as “the mythical Ron Nicholl. ” He used to be often referred to as “the path masochist of Seattle. ” whereas many ultrarunners (myself integrated) glance to enhance potency of their stride and maximize the ratio of the space traveled to the trouble, Ron was once referred to as a man who did issues the tough approach till they received effortless, that is whilst he attempted to lead them to more durable. The Twelve Peaks climbs weren’t really so long as these of Mount Si, yet they boasted different sights. They lined 35 miles, in comparison to the 24 of 3 journeys of Mount Si. They contained an ascent of 10,500 toes and an identical descent. and so they curled and climbed and plunged over slimy, moss-covered boulders, via dust, directly right into a salmonberry-infested jungle identified to people who survived it as “’Nam. ” Thick, wild ferns and sinister hemlock sprouted from impossibly eco-friendly foliage. Douglas firs loomed, made a cathedral of wooden and needles for me, grew to become noon into everlasting evening. I ran them in sleet and in snow and in 85-degree warmth that grew to become the wooded area as clammy as a strain cooker. The moss and muck added the discomfort I sought, yet i wished extra. My hero Chuck Jones had granted interviews (and stressed interviewers) the place he stated vibrations and wavelengths and symptoms from the hidden international, and whereas I knew what he meant—the sensation of wasting oneself, of coming into a quarter right now attached to the earth and separated from earthly concerns—I wasn’t definite tips to in achieving it on a typical, predictable foundation. I had stronger myself as a skier by means of interpreting, so I learn. And what i found was once bushido, the tradition of historical jap warriors, who espoused braveness, simplicity, honor, and self-sacrifice. in accordance with bushido, the simplest brain for the battlefield—or the race—is that of vacancy, or an empty brain. This doesn’t suggest sleepiness or inattention; the bushido idea of vacancy is extra like that rush of shock and expansiveness you get less than an ice-cold waterfall. The empty brain is a dominant brain. it might draw different minds into its rhythm, the way in which a vacuum sucks up dust or the way in which the individual at the backside of a seesaw controls the individual at the most sensible. while I pay attention a runner say he “runs his personal race,” what I listen is bushido. Bushido is letting pass of the previous and the longer term and targeting the instant. As Thoreau, an American practitioner (though he most likely didn’t are aware of it) of bushido and a great distance walker himself, wrote, “Our existence is frittered away via aspect. a decent guy has not often have to count number greater than his ten hands . . . simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. ” I created my very own bushido routines. I stood in icy rivers to bolster my mind’s keep an eye on over my physique.

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