really liked it. not a ton of running advice, but enough to give you some information. I thought it did a very good job of getting you into the head of an ultra runner. as a new dad I found the back story of Scott and his dad useful in some of my parenting decisions.
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I had read this book a while back and throughly enjoyed it. Scott writing comes off as soft and genuine, and it was inspiring to read.
The narrator however takes on a very aggressive and angry tone. As if it's Scott Jurek against the world. This wasn't what I had grasped from reading the book, and I must confess that it was so difficult to listen to the arrogance being portrayed that I had to stop listening.
I couldn't bring myself to give this a one star review because I genuinely enjoyed reading the book.
Ok, I will start off my saying that I read this right after reading "Ultramarathon Man" by Dean Karnazes. I was so put off by him that the Nat was set pretty low for "Eat and Run."
This was a breath of fresh air.
Scott is relatable and honest. Plus, the editing is much cleaner than in Karnazes' book.
Scott speaks with the humbleness of a regular guy, but is honest about his competitive drive.
I appreciated his reverence of his competitors, both the male and female counterparts.
The biggest point of disdain I had with Karnazes' book that I had was his blatant sexist remarks and ideas (tampon anecdote... Blegh).
Jurek speaks highly and respectfully of his female competitors, regarding their fortitude and performances.
He discussed his injuries and struggles, which is something all runners, ultra marathoners or not, can empathize with.
My one point of contention was with his reverence of ancient medicine and food bring the cure all for bodily woes.
I'm a science based person, and anecdotes about using coriander and mustard seed to help cure torn ligaments made me roll my eyes.
Eating organic and gmo-free is no better for ones health than mainstream food.
His diet is admirable though none the less.
One cannot eschew the benefits of a plant based diet.
So overall, it was definitely worth the read.
Great story that explores the heart and mind of a champion. But what raises this book to the next level is is that Jurek's quest to vanquish his demons and doubts by running insane distances in ludicrous conditions is completely relatable to the average Joe as a metaphor for the inner struggles we all experience. Easy 5 stars if you are a fan of Jurek or the sport. A solid 4 stars as just a book about the human experience.
This was a great follow up to Born To Run and you get Jurek's perspective. I enjoyed the talk about how his performance changed when he went Vegan. While I still eat meat, this book has inspired to eat many more veggies and start juicing.
Worth a listen especially if you've done Born to Run and became captivated by the cast of characters there. Very informative and inspiring. Hope Scott writes a next book... And if he does select a different narrator; perhaps the one who did Born to Run!