“Eat and Run” by Scott Jurek

I just bought and read Proctor native Scott Jurek’s new book Eat and Run and really enjoyed it. As you may know Scott is a dominant athlete in the weird world of ultramarathons and has won many major 50, 100, 135 and 150 mile foot races world wide. He also changed from a backwoods meat-and-potato childhood diet to become a vegan and world-class athlete. His story is an amazing journey of a person who really applies himself and finds the will to complete and win distances most of us cannot imagine running. The book is not an ego trip, preachy, nor attacks omnivores, but rather relates his story and personal thoughts about training, running and racing and the positive effects of a plant-based diet. He includes simple vegan recipes in each chapter.

I met Scott years ago but do not know him, but central to the book is Dusty Olson, who inspired, taught and trained Scott to race and who also paced him in the last 50 miles of many of his major wins. Dusty is often misunderstood and underrated by most people in our community. Scott’s words about Dusty, though often hilarious, will shed more insight to Dusty’s overlooked and misunderstood character and his amazing athletic abilities. Doctor Proctor from Positively Third Street bakery and other local characters are also included in his book.

If you are not a runner or vegan, you will still enjoy this book. If you are either, you will enjoy it even more. It is a fun and inspiring autobiography and I recommend reading it.

Eat and Run



about 12 years ago

This sounds good -- I am NOT a runner by any means -- but "almost" a vegetarian --and veganism interests me, as long as the person talking about it is not preachy.


about 12 years ago

That's cool. Thanks for posting. I would never have heard of it but I am interested.  I think ultra marathoning is crazy and too hard on the body but to each their own. I also find that a lot of the long distance material, be it written or in documentaries, is often an ego trip for the person so I think it's funny you mention that. 

I am vegan so it's cool to hear about extreme athletes kicking it vegan.  There is so much false information about vegan nutrition that cases like Scott's story hold a lot of meaning when trying to explain it to others.  

@FranceneStarr: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's podcast on iTunes or CompassionateCooks.com is what finally turned me from a vegetarian of 10 years to vegan and now I feel so good and my biometrics like cholesterol and body weight have gotten back to being in the normal/good that I wish I would have turned years ago.  She can be blunt at times but the podcast is worth a look.


about 12 years ago

@Conrad--will look...thanks

Dave Lull

about 12 years ago

Posted last night on the Wall Street Journal website is:

Author Runs The City By Nell Alk Not everyone celebrates a new book with a run around the periphery of Manhattan. But for Scott Jurek, author of "Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness," it was a fitting way to kick off the launch.
If this link above doesn't lead to the full text of the article, try a Google search for the article title. The link from the search result should link to the full text.

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