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3.00062266500623 out of 53.00062266500623 out of 53.00062266500623 out of 53.00062266500623 out of 53.00062266500623 out of 5 3.00 (3,212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Jurek Narrator: Quincy Dunn-Baker Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781470318451
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For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race seven years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile “jaunt” through Death Valley. He has also set an American record of 165.7 miles in twenty-four hours—six and one-half marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestseller Born to Run.

His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so. In Eat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career—as an elite athlete and a vegan—and inspires runners at every level.

From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his world-spanning, record-breaking races, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance.

Chock-full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, fascinating science, and accessible practical advice—including his own favorite plant-based recipes—Eat and Run will motivate everyone to “go the distance,” whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I’ve seen Scott in action as he defies unimaginable challenges, and, thanks to this breathtakingly personal account, I finally understand how he does it. He rebuilt himself literally from the inside out, and the result is a man—and a story—unlike any other.”

    Christopher McDougall, New York Times bestselling author of Born to Run

  • “This is the inspiring story of an inspired man. Scott Jurek’s phenomenal success as an ultramarathoner demonstrates that meat and other animal foods are not necessary for optimum health, strength, and endurance.”  

    Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Spontaneous Healing

  • “Jurek’s story and ideas should easily manage to speak to and cheer on anyone seeking to live life as fully as possible.”

    Denver Post

  • “Part memoir, part training guide, part vegan manifesto, Jurek’s most inspiring proposal here is that running—like so many things in life—is less dependent on physical skill than it is on willpower. Runners of all levels…will be inspired to lace up their sneaks and hit the trails.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The man Runner’s World calls the ‘King of Pain’ says that though winning is important, he views running as a vehicle of self-discovery…This autobiography combines jaunty reminiscences, philosophical reflections, training tips, and nutritional guidelines…Jurek’s good spirits and valorous performances have won him more than 14,000 Facebook fans and 20,000 Twitter followers.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “A shockingly honest, revealing, and inspiring memoir.”

    Trail Runner

  • “His achievements prove Jurek is doing something right…Blended with the pro running tips and marathons, Jurek serves up some of his original food recipes to power up the novice or the professional athlete on his way to the finish line in this life-changing track primer. Accessible and riveting, Jurek’s book makes the task of self-transformation look effortless, from illness to wellness, from reluctance to triumph, yet this hard-fought journey to consciousness is not a small feat.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “You don’t need dead protein to be a great athlete…Here he explains how he came to running and then to veganism. He’s obviously one enduring guy, and this book is motivational in the larger sense.”

    Library Journal

  • “The author begins with a frank account of lessons he learned from a difficult childhood…[His] divorce, combined with the death of his mother, contributed to a win drought; during these sections of the book, the author displays genuine introspection…[revealing] that achieving goals is often less important than striving toward them.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Jurek studied many of the great philosophers and used their lessons to focus his running. In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.”

    Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent excellent book. Once I finished I wanted to read it again. Very inspiring and a very fun read. Jurek has many ways of finding similarities with his reader. It's like you're right there next to him. The book is almost worth it just for the recipes. Lentil mushroom burgers are a must try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Srosch | 2/10/2014

    " Growing up in Proctor, skiing with Sorens, going to the same church, hanging out with Scott's siblings were all parts of my childhood. What I didn't realize was Dusty sold me my skis all through school from ski hut, and a lot of his rice milk recipes are my lifestyle with alleregy kiddos. After seeing some of the awesome recipes and not being able to wait to try them I am tempted to go shopping now! Great book, great memories of the past in small town and a great tribute to a great runner, definitely a keeper of a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/30/2014

    " Very interesting guy. I had no idea anyone every ran ultramarathons of 100 miles or more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/28/2014

    " This was ok. Well written, mostly-inspiring (although it bordered on self-aggrandizement, I got the feeling the author was trying hard to avoid the tone "look how awesome I am!"), and a quick read. I was ready for it to be done by the end, and skimmed the last few race stories. I'm still not convinced that a vegan diet is the only way to health. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Kapitan | 1/27/2014

    " In theory, I should be Scott Jurek's ideal audience: Vegan for more than 15 years, running for about five. For those reasons, I've been highly anticipating this read for months. Maybe my expectations were too high. The sad truth is it's just not written that well. The parts about his path to veganism seem awkwardly placed (does it really matter that some ski instructors served him salad in high school if he didn't give up meat until years later?); the tips and recipes at the end of each chapter also feel awkward, sometimes like nothing more than filler; and especially awkward, if not outright embarrassing, is the brazen schilling for the companies that have endorsed him. Maybe someday we won't blink an eye at product placement in books, just like we've gotten used to it in movies. I'm glad that day hasn't come yet. Again, I concede that perhaps I'm being too harsh because my expectations were so high. Even if not a literary classic in the making, the stories about his races--the bulk of the book--are inspiring enough that they make me want to train for a marathon again, and isn't that the ultimate point of a book like this? I love Jurek's message--I just wish it was conveyed more smoothly. For those looking for inspirational books about veganism, I would suggest Diet for a New America and The China Study. Once a Runner is a good example of a well written, inspiring book on training for a race. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 1/26/2014

    " Excellent book with stories about specific ultramarathons and multiple training tips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 1/20/2014

    " Kind of an interesting read, if you're interested in ultramarathons and vegan recipes. Sometimes got a bit too bogged down in the details though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Kilpatrick | 1/15/2014

    " Interesting insights into an ultra running champion and his life. He gets annoyingly preachy about the whole vegan thing though. Good read overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/8/2014

    " What an incredible story, and so well written! Many a runner's hero! This really gives us fledling marathoner/ ultra marathoners a schooling on what kind of pain one has to be willing to endure to compete! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Abshire | 12/1/2013

    " Great book about diet and running. What separates this book from the others I've read on running is that it gets a little dark at the end and the author is incredibly honest about his experience, rather than falsely optimistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caryn | 9/27/2013

    " Ok.. so runner's aren't usually the best writers but they get extra stars for inspiration. And great vegan advice too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Masafuera | 8/25/2013

    " Don't remember when I finished this one. Quite the heartbreaking book - until I read that one media interview Dusty gave, where it all began to make sense. Full review after a second read. Recipes are very useful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 6/8/2013

    " I loved this book. I knew of Scott Jurek before reading, but i didnt know enough. His story was so inspirational and also educational. I loved the recipe St the end of each chapter. I loved the photos from the ultras. I loved this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 5/26/2013

    " I enjoyed the racing stories, especially how get got going early in his career. Some of the food stuff wasn't as interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/26/2013

    " Very quick and inspiring read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 4/18/2013

    " This is AWESOME!!!! Jurek is an inspiration as both a runner and a vegan (not that I'm going to become one...BUT I've changed how I eat because of this book). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 4/11/2013

    " Some amazing adventures and some good recipes too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/25/2013

    " After reading Born to Run I was curious to read more about Jurek. Eat & Run was an interesting book. The man has an amazing work ethic and a thirst for knowledge. The book becomes a little repetitive but overall a fascinating read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 1/23/2013

    " Correctly titled "Eat & Run" because that's all there is here. Not much of a memoir or biography. Just an account of his running accomplishments and justifications for his diet (along with a handful of recipes). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Passler | 1/6/2013

    " Great book and the development and successful running career of one of the best ultra long distance runners to ever live, who also happens to be a vegan (read this book if you are a runner and want to find out the people can run 135 mile races through Death Valley in 120 degree heat!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PJ | 11/14/2012

    " After reading this, I think I can and should push myself harder when I run. "

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About the Author

Scott Jurek, consideredone of the greatest runners of all time, has claimed multiple victories in the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock Hundred, the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times, among many others. He has been named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and one of Sports Illustrated‘s Fittest 50. The New York Times bestselling author of Eat and Run and a main character in the book Born to Run, he has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Time, and ESPN Magazine.

About the Narrator

Quincy Dunn-Baker is an actor best known for The Big Wedding, Grand Theft Auto V, and Draft Day, as well as roles in television series and in theater.