Eat And Run by Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman


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Uneven, but patient readers will be rewarded with lessons about persistence and the joy of running.


“In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.”—Amby Burfoot, author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. Until recently he held the American 24-hour record and he was one of the elite runners profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run.

In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as a champion athlete with a plant-based diet and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Full of stories of competition as well as science and practical advice—including his own recipes—Eat and Run will motivate readers and expand their food horizons.

“Jurek’s story and ideas should easily manage to speak to and cheer on anyone seeking to live life as fully as possible.”—Denver Post

“A shockingly honest, revealing, and inspiring memoir.”—Trail Runner

About Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman

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SCOTT JUREK is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion who trains and races on a vegan diet. He has prominently appeared in two New York Times bestsellers, Born to Run and The 4-Hour Body, and has been featured on CNN and in the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other media. Known and admired for his earth-conscious lifestyle, Scott is also a highly sought after motivational speaker, physical therapist, coach, and chef. He has delivered talks to numerous organizations, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and the esteemed Entertainment Gathering. He lives in Boulder. STEVE FRIEDMAN is the author of Lost on Treasure Island, Driving Lessons, and The Agony of Victory and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Loose Balls. His work has appeared numerous times in The Best American Sports Writing. His website is
Published June 5, 2012 by Mariner Books. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 15 2012

Uneven, but patient readers will be rewarded with lessons about persistence and the joy of running.

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The Independent

Reviewed by SIMON REDFERN on Aug 19 2012

The strength of the book lies in his descriptions of races and runners, and it's worth joining Jurek on his remarkable journey for these alone.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reviewed by Gretchen McKay on Jun 17 2012 a talented storyteller, weaving his discovery of the vegan lifestyle into an inspiring tale of how a skinny, poor kid who had everything stacked against him...learned not just to adapt, but to draw strength from life's difficulties.

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Denver Post

Reviewed by Chuck Plunkett on Jun 20 2012 a platypus of a book — part personal story, part training manual, part recipe book, part philosophical treatise — that combines to tell a mind-blowingly inspirational tale.

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Reviewed by Bill Hoffman on Oct 26 2012

I like Scott’s philosophy of good diet and a science based training plan. The race stories are epic adventures. The recipes and training tips are very useful.

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Willamette Week

Reviewed by MARTIN CIZMAR on Jun 06 2012’s a fascinating look into the mind of an intensely introspective super-athlete. Jurek has overcome long odds and accumulated great anecdotes.

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Reviewed by Alison Kelman on Aug 06 2012

...Jurek scrawled the words “Be Somebody!” in looping letters on the inside of my book jacket. That simple sentiment sort of sums up the book:

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Trail Run Magazine

Reviewed by Trail Run Magazine on Jul 20 2012

Eat & Run is a balanced, well written...account of one of the legends of the sport we love. It goes beyond the superficial, getting under his skin, inside his head and inside his life.

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Colorado Daily

Reviewed by Jenn Fields on Jun 12 2012

The texture of his stories is akin to the ground he races -- full of ups and downs, but relentlessly holding onto the tale's tension through the finish line.

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