A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek's life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice-as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.
©2012 Scott Jurek (P)2012 Recorded Books
I wanted to read/ listen to this after learning about Scott Jurek in "Born to Run".
The title slightly put me off, as I was worried that it would be very preachy about the vegan lifestyle, but it isn't.
The story is fascinating and inspiring and every so often he throws in some great running tips.
Definitely worth a read/ listen.
A good book can be turned into a VERY good book by a VERY good narrator. This guy does the job really well.
I listened from beginning to end. Brilliant book!
I really enjoyed this book. It's great to hear what an ultra marathon runner must endure to become one of the top runners in the world. It's very inspirational and will get you out running (maybe not 135mile ultras) a big part of Scott's life is his vegan diet which he does talk about a lot but to be fair it's not too preachy as sometimes people can be over lifestyle changes. It a good book written well with good humour.
Scott is pretty amazing for an ordinary guy. But he is mad and crazy. I yearn to run more and follow a vegan lifestyle but it's too hard for me to maintain with a whole normal life to lead. Well told and inspiring - thank you Scott!
Don't really know why I got this...in the words of the book's mantra 'sometimes you just do things'. On the one hand this book is extremely ego-driven and some may find this too much. On the other hand, this book managed to keep me completely rivetted for the duration. If ever you need to understand what 'endurance' means then look no further, this book totally defines the word. The reading is exceptional...and to be honest I was just a tad upset when I later found out that it wasn't Scott himself. I'm not a runner and I'm not a vegan....having listened to this I feel compelled to at least seriously consider both. Intelligent, inspiring and honest...although just that little bit too long.
Like others, I came to this book via Born to Run. The change in style was pretty abrupt. Jurek's story is about grit and endurance from the "wrong side of the tracks" start. I don't know whether he himself has a light touch, but the narrator certainly doesn't. He reads in a hard, downbeat, dour way that's distinctive and maybe even appropriate, but not enjoyable.
Still, it's a story well worth hearing - just way less enjoyable than the ebullient Born to Run.
I really enjoyed listening to this while running. It's much more of an autobiography than I though from the title. There is, of course, quite a bit of info about Jurek's own eating (and running) but its not a tub-thumping "my way or the highway" tome.
Enjoyable, honest, open and fun.
The sheer will power and determination of one man, inspiring and remarkable what we can do as humans
Running through death valley, the detail of the pain and misery and suffering while being pushed to do more and then doing so
The main character Scott
Just all quite inspiring
I'd listen to it again, not just because I found it inspiring both to run more and eat better food, but also because it finishes with some great recipes.
The story of the Tarahumara found in 'Born to Run' crosses over with this story, and contains some similar advice on how to run more effectively, and without injuring yourself.
Since this wasn't a story full of drawn characters, and in fact was all in the voice of Scott himself, this was rarely necessary, but Dunn-Baker was a good choice of reader.
I can't name a specific moment, but the further I got into the book, the more I wanted to run, and the further I wanted to go.
Whether you're new to running or a seasoned ultra-marathoner yourself, I think you'll find lots in this book to inspire you.
"If you liked "Born to Run"...get this book!!!"
It is a real person with a real life story. It isnt all happy endings and wonderful times. Scott has an amazing drive, and strong need to run, but we see that he is just a human too. So there is bad, good, and even harsh. I laughed out loud quite a few times, and cried quite a few as well, but I felt as though I was on the journey with him. I have even more respect for him after this book than I did after "Born to Run", which is where I learned about Scott. I have followed Scott since I read that book, and have enjoyed his career, and I find him very inspirational.
I was amazed by his candor, and ability to talk about some of the personal things he covers. It truly makes me ADMIRE him all the more.
If you liked "Born to Run", you will like this book. Please remember it is a personal memoir, not a bunch of different people's stories as in BtR. Although you do get to meet all of those characters from Scott's point of view.
I highly recommend this book!!!
OH...one more thing...Alot of the vegan receipts at the end are great!!! I went out and bought the hard copy for a cook book!!!
"one of the better ultramarathon books"
most people looking at this book have likely read dean karnazes "ultramarathon man" or one of his other books. while dean makes himself sound like a tough guy, he's no match for scott jurek.
the story of how scott started in the sport, changed his diet, went through a spiritual journey and made it all the way to the top is truly remarkable. if you're a marathoner but looking to up your game or take on a new challenge, this one will really open your mind.
"Great memoir, a must "read" for runners"
Great context and in-depth look at one of the stars of Born to Run. Very much enjoyed the nutritional insights.
Someone who wasn't so abrasive in his reading style. Sometimes I felt like the reader made Scott seem like an angry guy with a big chip on his shoulder...very different from the spiritual vegan discussions at the end of each chapter. It was a little jarring.
"Great next step after "Born to Run""
This is a wonderful book, a very personal account of life and running by Scott Jurek. Having read Born to Run I was keen to know more about what running, and what something as extreme as an ultramarathon meant to those who participated and were passionate. Scott gives an intimate account of what running has brought him, how the physical challenge stretched his mind and touched his soul, this I really appreciated. He also gives plenty of practical information; running tips, training guidance and then his food philosophy and recipes making for a very wholesome read. Highly recommended! The only aspect that I found a little jarring was the narrator, it took me time to adapt to his narration, which at times I found quite aggressive. Having said this it was not a poor performance and just took some getting used to.
"great even for non-runners"
I love everything about it, but especially the tips at the end of each chapter.
Barbara Kingsolver's 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle' As they both blend food consciousness with life stories.
He was funny, the inflections were all right on.
We laughed a lot, cried a little. I read it partially on my long run days...his story makes you unable to give up at like mile while he is running 100, and partially on a family road trip- everyone liked it.
"Sometimes you just got to do stuff!"
I go it. I liked it, and I'll listen to it again. Felt very real, the childhood stories, the hard training yards, the focus, the competitiveness, the ups and downs and so on. Very listenable.
It was very worthwhile to hear a success story based on hard consistent work.
But, whatever happened to Dusty? I'd like to read that as a sequel!
"Long awaited and very satisfactory book"
If you're a runner, you've probably heard of Scott Jurek by reading Born to Run. While not a sequel to McDougall's book in any way, Jurek's book takes you closer to the real thing by letting you know how it feels from an actual ultra runner's pespective. It is well written, full of interesting stories, technical tips and a very good read (listen) altogheter.
Scott Jurek is an exceptionnal athlete. Yet, he is so honest and down to earth that I could relate with his stories, even tough I only am a "normal" marathonner. The stories make you want to push yourself beyond your limits - if only to find out how far you can go. I know it did help me run farther and better.
The narration is quite good. I'm not sure why Jurek did not decide to read it himself.
This is a book I listened to while running. I really recommend it! I couldnt stop which help me keep going on longer runs.
Of course, some of the stuff here you've already heard before. With Born to Run and Dean Karnases' books, a lot has been said about Ultras. Yet, Scott Jurek's take on the subject is as unique as his talent. I really recommend you pick it up.
"Good storytelling, not a how to guide"
Interesting book that details Scott Jurek's life and running career. It opens in Badwater and then tells a backstory as to how he got there. It was nice that there was not mentioned about the Copper Canyon run (well detailed in Born to Run) and there were lots of interesting stories about other races and his diet.
The appendix at the end has several recipes (get Kindle or print version for that part).
Narration was good and it was an easy enjoyable listen.
""ME, MYSELF, and I"--a better title, perhaps"
I read "Born To Run" twice and expected this book to be similarly fun. I was sadly disappointed in several ways. This autobiographical book reveals Jurek to be a very self-adsorbed and arrogant sounding individual. The arrogance was helped along by the narrator's tone. Dunn-Baker not only mispronounced names but also relatively common words, which was difficult to overlook.
After a brief history of a not-so-happy childhood (his mother had multiple sclerosis) and his father didn't cope well, we were led on a trip from his discovery of his running prowess to a play by play description how he won numerous races through his philosophy of life and running and through his healthy eating discoveries. As the book progressed, Jurek appeared to see himself as a nutritionist and a philosopher, and his philosophy became very prevalent and annoying toward the conclusion of the book.
What became most irritating to me was his complete self-absorption. I am aware that athletes who want to be at the very top of their game must be compulsively single-minded in doing everything they can to excel and outdo themselves. I read and really enjoyed Apolo Ohno's book, "Zero Regrets", and never once did I feel he was arrogant or self-absorbed as he described his rise to the top of the skating world. Jurek, on the other hand, sees himself as the center of the universe.
I would imagine this book would appeal to aspiring marathoners, particularly those who want to enter the ultra-classes. It might also appeal to athletes who are wanting to move toward more healthy eating. However, if running is not your avocation, I heartily recommend reading "Born To Run" and not wasting time or money on this book.
"Tough Guy Narrator Misrepresents Nice Guy Scott"
The audio version of this book is disappointing. The narrator is a poor match. While I do enjoy his voice, and feel that he is a talented narrator, his delivery is overly macho. It frequently disrupts the soft, reflective, and spiritual tone of the book. Every other sentence I expect the narrator to begin recounting how many beers he pounded at a frat party in college, and/or how much he can bench press.
Scott's relentless pursuit of refining his craft and his continuing desire to discover what he is really made of will stick with me long after the specific elements of plot.
While I would under no means shy away from this narrator with other books, I don't believe he is a good fit here. Perhaps he could have delivered the story with less bravado and more tenderness, but I really feel that if Scott Jurek himself was not up for reading this, then the narration should attempt to incorporate elements of his kind and soft spoken demeanor.
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