I can’t remember the first time I heard about Scott Jurek. I think it was before Born to Run (where he is one of the main characters) came out but I can’t be sure… but I can tell you I’ve been a big fan of his from the moment I heard about him.
Scott burst onto the ultrarunning scene in 1999 when he won the Western States Endurance Run – a 100 mile foot race in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California… then went on to win it 7 more years in a row. He is also a two time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135 mile race through Death Valley.
In addition to being a super-human-crazy-man who can run, er race, over a 100 miles at a time, he also powers himself on a plant-based (vegan) diet. A diet that is counter to what most people think makes a healthy, strong, athlete.
This book weaves together his journey to ultrarunning, veganism, “oh holy crap” race experiences, and even his favorite fueling tips and recipes. Pick up a copy, but have your running shoes and credit card near by. After you finish, you are going to want to go for a run and get some fresh food in your fridge!
The quote from the email signature of Scott Jurek: “Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.” – William James