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
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.
Yup! but I just love audio books better in general!
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.
A bit harsh, took a bit of getting used to.
If you have 8 hours maybe
Great informative book for any runner interested in distance running.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Just love books.
The no nonsense nature of his approach to running.
Rusty? His mate who ear bashed him all the time. He was raw and real.
No but would certainly do so.
Not really, it was a enjoyable read but not earth shaking.
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....
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I read "Born To Run" twice and expected this book to be similarly fun. I was sadly disappointed in several ways. This autobiographical book reveals Jurek to be a very self-adsorbed and arrogant sounding individual. The arrogance was helped along by the narrator's tone. Dunn-Baker not only mispronounced names but also relatively common words, which was difficult to overlook.
After a brief history of a not-so-happy childhood (his mother had multiple sclerosis) and his father didn't cope well, we were led on a trip from his discovery of his running prowess to a play by play description how he won numerous races through his philosophy of life and running and through his healthy eating discoveries. As the book progressed, Jurek appeared to see himself as a nutritionist and a philosopher, and his philosophy became very prevalent and annoying toward the conclusion of the book.
What became most irritating to me was his complete self-absorption. I am aware that athletes who want to be at the very top of their game must be compulsively single-minded in doing everything they can to excel and outdo themselves. I read and really enjoyed Apolo Ohno's book, "Zero Regrets", and never once did I feel he was arrogant or self-absorbed as he described his rise to the top of the skating world. Jurek, on the other hand, sees himself as the center of the universe.
I would imagine this book would appeal to aspiring marathoners, particularly those who want to enter the ultra-classes. It might also appeal to athletes who are wanting to move toward more healthy eating. However, if running is not your avocation, I heartily recommend reading "Born To Run" and not wasting time or money on this book.
Scott Jurek, enjoyed the openess about his life.
So-so voice for this book. Voice didn't really fit my image of the author.
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.
Nice narration, beautiful story
The book is so inspirational and it is almost impossible to believe it is true. It feels like fiction! But it is not. I happened to start reading (actually listening on audible) some of the ultra runners book as a way to see how they are pushing their minds and body to achieve what they are doing. It is almost yogic in retrospect. I really wanted to give the print book as a gift to my 10 year old daughter only if it did not have all those Dusty's swear of F words. I really wish the author could have removed them and told __swear words__ here and leave it to readers imaginations.
The way mother - son love is portrayed, his vegan lifestyle, his surreal runs on all those Western States, Badwater, 24 hr runs. Ah it is incredible. I had to resist finish listening into the story and hold back to enjoy in 4 days. Otherwise I would have finished in one siting of 8 hours. I listened to all in my walks. It is sad his life had all these setbacks (no spoiler here) and how he overcame in late 2010. One of the most memorable memoirs I have ever read.
It was very touching.
I wish the F words were not present so that I can listen in as family.
The audio version of this book is disappointing. The narrator is a poor match. While I do enjoy his voice, and feel that he is a talented narrator, his delivery is overly macho. It frequently disrupts the soft, reflective, and spiritual tone of the book. Every other sentence I expect the narrator to begin recounting how many beers he pounded at a frat party in college, and/or how much he can bench press.
Scott's relentless pursuit of refining his craft and his continuing desire to discover what he is really made of will stick with me long after the specific elements of plot.
While I would under no means shy away from this narrator with other books, I don't believe he is a good fit here. Perhaps he could have delivered the story with less bravado and more tenderness, but I really feel that if Scott Jurek himself was not up for reading this, then the narration should attempt to incorporate elements of his kind and soft spoken demeanor.
"Wonderful insight... "
... into the mind of an ultra runner. Interesting to hear Jurek's reflection on the race from Born to Run.
"Great Athlete not keen on narrator."
I really enjoyed the contents of the book and liked the info and advise that Scott offers however the narrator is very forcefull and the massage that scott is trying to get out is not in the correct manner, I still highly recommend it though.
Great info and a trip into the mind of an ultra runner and what the mind body can do.
"Nice but too much focus on food details."
I actually like the food discussing parts but sometimes they are too much.
Would recommend to runners,regardless of discipline.
"Not just for runners..."
I got this after listening to Born to Run and this is equally gripping. It doesn't matter if you are not a runner or a sporty type and never intend to be. This is just an incredible human story.
good running partner. Well narrated and enjoyed the vegetarian perspective of a top athlete. hearing of ultra runs has opened my eyes and ears to mankind's possible limits.
A great listen for runners and non runners alike. It show what anybody can achieve if they just believe and commit to it. Well done Scott.
In a way I found it difficult to change gear into the book. I was almost expecting a list of recipes and a trangz plan. What this book gave was so much more. There are many ways of assimilating but Scott gave us the best. He didn't tell people how to run, how to eat and how to think. He shows us by his own experiences. This was refreshing and totally wonderful. Not only was it an autobiography of a world champion but it was an instruction manual based on lived experience. We are not all the same, some of the things Scott does won't work for me but he explained how acquires information and why he does it, the moment when we hit the source. I haven't done ultra (yet) but I have done walkabouts with a backpack, some mountain, a tent and a water filter with myself for company and I get the purpose for which Scott runs, the reset button where upon hitting it we become ourselves. When we push past what we truly believe is impossible to the point where we are free to do anything we want. No other book I've read (so far) describes this existential come spiritual experience so well.
It is holistic so the book is all in one. Superficially though the photographer scene had me laughing
The deterioration and Death of Scotts Mother got me deeply.
The only part of this experience I found distracting was I wasn't sure where the second had view (i.e. the effect of Steve's writing) impinged on the experience. I would have much preferred a warts and all bad grammar and spelling mistakes that perhaps Scott would have made and less polish. No matter its still a cracking book
"Well written, fascinating, inspiring."
What an eloquent man. Worlds apart from your usual sports autobiography. The insight you would expect is there but it's accompanied by flowing prose and an appreciation of both history and literature. So much more than a book about running.
"Amazing and inspirational "
Really good book, I've already listened to it twice! It motivated me to take my training and nutrition to the next level
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