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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness | [Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman]

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.
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A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

©2012 Scott Jurek (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Eran Gal 05-19-14
    Eran Gal 05-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Inspiring and Informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not wait for my next run so that I can put on my earphones and continue listening...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 05-08-14
    Todd 05-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book changed my life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vladimir 05-04-14
    Vladimir 05-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book on running"
    What did you love best about Eat and Run?

    An honest and revealing confession of one of the greatest athletes ever lived. I am an avid triathlete and this book was maybe the best sport's book I have read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-15-14
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Definitely Eat and Run focussed!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat and Run to be better than the print version?

    Yup! but I just love audio books better in general!


    What other book might you compare Eat and Run to and why?

    If you like Eat and Run you would probably really like Born to Run. It's kind of different though since Eat and Run is an autobiography, Born to Run is a number of autobiographical & biographical stories in one.


    What three words best describe Quincy Dunn-Baker’s voice?

    A bit harsh, took a bit of getting used to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If you have 8 hours maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Great informative book for any runner interested in distance running.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 02-11-14
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2000

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Human Endurance"

    A fantastic story of human endurance and what can be accomplished. My favorite line, which I tell myself all the time now is "not all pain is significant". Then I just keep running, or holding that yoga pose, or pumping that weight. It is easy to be a lazy, painless athlete, which leads to mediocre results forever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Butler, Australia 01-28-14
    Michelle Butler, Australia 01-28-14

    Just love books.

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    "Enjoyable listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Eat and Run the most enjoyable?

    The no nonsense nature of his approach to running.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rusty? His mate who ear bashed him all the time. He was raw and real.


    Have you listened to any of Quincy Dunn-Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but would certainly do so.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, it was a enjoyable read but not earth shaking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Douglass Fremont, CA, US 10-09-13
    Shawn Douglass Fremont, CA, US 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "tons of recipes but no pdf to reference..."
    What disappointed you about Eat and Run?

    Tons of great recipes but there is no PDF to reference. Don't buy the audio book. I also emailed Scott and he did not respond. Very disappointed....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric T. Cowan Austin, TX 02-04-13
    Eric T. Cowan Austin, TX 02-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good storytelling, not a how to guide"

    Interesting book that details Scott Jurek's life and running career. It opens in Badwater and then tells a backstory as to how he got there. It was nice that there was not mentioned about the Copper Canyon run (well detailed in Born to Run) and there were lots of interesting stories about other races and his diet.

    The appendix at the end has several recipes (get Kindle or print version for that part).

    Narration was good and it was an easy enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hope Nacogdoches, TX, United States 02-12-13
    Hope Nacogdoches, TX, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2006

    Professor, PhD, and very eclectic reader!

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    "Too Preachy"

    While I enjoyed the aspects of the narrative, all in all Scott Jurek tends to be too preachy in his approach to tell his story of being an ultimate runner.

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    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 11-01-14
    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 11-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Running must read!"

    An excellent account of the mental aspect of extreme running! If you liked Born to Run, you'll certainly like Scott's tale from another perspective. One of the few drawbacks is that Scott tends to skirt around the question of why you'd run an ultramarathon in the first place. He asks that question in different ways, but never truly addresses it. It may be that if regular jogging/running keeps you in very good shape, then there's no need to run ultramarathons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    5/10/14
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    "Inspiring, not only for runners"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in which Jurek unveils his life long journey and the accounts of his impressive career. He comes across as a nice, down to earth guy who truly achieved greatness, but had to deal with some serious struggles as well. I listened to it in my long runs, and the several race accounts were great in helping me push through when it was tough, something I imagine Jurek is really good at. But I would recommend this book not only to runners. It is inspiring, approachable, funny and at times fascinating. 5 stars.


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  • T. Griffith
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    12/13/13
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    "Inspiring"
    If you could sum up Eat and Run in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, encouraging, realistic


    What other book might you compare Eat and Run to, and why?

    I have never read another book like Eat & Run.


    What does Quincy Dunn-Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Listening to Quincy Dunn-Baker read it allows me to run which is exactly what Scott Jurek would probably prefer his readers to be doing (I guess).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love it when "Dusty" is hurling abuse at him and Scott's relationship with Dusty is under strain - it shows what good friends they were.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Jurek describes his journey into athleticism from despair. It’s a lovely book because one minute he’s a wounded child, the next he’s an adventurous teenager. In between, he will swing around and offer you a recipe or a description of some amazing countryside and wild life. I imagine this was a hard book to write.

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  • SeaEagle1453
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    8/20/13
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    "An interesting insight"
    What made the experience of listening to Eat and Run the most enjoyable?

    I have returned to running regularly after a break due to having a stent put in. The key is running slowly and doing distance rather than speed. I struggled as when I listened to music I would identify where i was last time and would push up the pace to finish quicker. I changed to listening to books instead and this helped keep a steady pace. I enjoyed this book as it gave me an insight into ultra running which I find fascinating since it is something I will never do. I found Scott's personal story interesting and his change to a vegan diet was practical as much, if not more, for philosophical reasons. He does state his viewpoint but never gets on his soap box. The narration is well delivered. I found the whole book very interesting, learned things from it and it helped me run. It was a winner for me.


    What other book might you compare Eat and Run to, and why?

    Born to run, it has that first person narrative which I found very engaging.


    What about Quincy Dunn-Baker’s performance did you like?

    Well paced and not over the top. He provides an personal perspective to the tale which important in a book like this which would have been destroyed by a clumsy narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of Scott's mother and his evolving understanding of why his father was the way he was.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, well read, would have liked a little more on the diet he follows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mia79 gbr
    Rugby
    6/30/13
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    "A story of motivation and hard work ... inspiring"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat and Run to be better than the print version?

    I found the narrator to have a strong style suitable to the book content. He delivered the story in an interesting and compelling way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat and Run?

    This book is full of memorable and inspiring sections. I loved how Scott Jurek described how he just keeps going - giving up doesn't seem to be an option for this man.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Talent counts for a bit but sheer bloody-mindedness and determination makes up the rest.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book - motivating an inspiring to a marathon runner looking at making the first steps into ultra running.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Billericay, United Kingdom
    6/16/13
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Interesting stuff about surely one of the greatest endurance athletes of all time. The guy reading it gave a good account of himself and I was disappointed when it finished, the mark of a good story for me. Doesn't ram the vegan thing down your throat, but gives you food for thought - quite literally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    notts, United Kingdom
    5/8/13
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    "Dissapointing"

    Very self centred book.
    Not what I expected from the description on Audible website.
    At times quite laboured and flatter than I anticipated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny Davidson
    Brighton
    2/17/13
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    "Impressive"

    Scott is an incredible athelete and a driven human being. The story moves at a nice pace covering the span of his life to date giving insight into his inner workings and life principles.

    Very thoughtful views of nutrition and certainly not rammed down your throat, just pause for thought.

    I listened to this book when out running and it was a perfect companion!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    London, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Thought provoking"

    I really enjoyed listening to this while running. It's much more of an autobiography than I though from the title. There is, of course, quite a bit of info about Jurek's own eating (and running) but its not a tub-thumping "my way or the highway" tome.



    Enjoyable, honest, open and fun.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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