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!!!
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.
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.
Cape Town, South Africa
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have been dabbling in trail running and would love to be be fit enough to try endurance running, so there were quite a few useful tips on running style, diet and so on.
But the if you've read "Born to Run" there really is no comparison.
This book is more of a one-note auto-biography and whilst I respect Jurek for his amazing athletic accomplishments and for being a great ambassador for ultra-running, his story is interesting, but not thrilling.
Worth the listen for fans of Jurek and running.
It is a great read if you are into running and taking care of your body. Even if you are not extreme like Jurek (an I am certainly not) there is a lot that can be learned from this book and from this person.
I could not wait for my next run so that I can put on my earphones and continue listening...
The narration did not seem to convey Jurek's attitude. I felt a dissonance between the tone of the narrator which is often rough and the text which though without self-pity, doesn't seem to have that roughness.
Scott Jurek is a highly competitive endurance athlete who also comes across as transparent, humble, and helpful. His story is interesting, and some of the training and nutritional ideas have helped me dramatically. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.