Thursday, May 24, 2012

Scott Jurek: Eat and Run (Book preview)

It looks like this is shaping up to be the summer of the long distance running book. 

Coming on June 5 is Scott Jurek's Eat and Run.  Those who have read Born to Run (and these days, who hasn't?) will already be familiar with Jurek, who McDougall described as "the top ultrarunner in the country, maybe in the world, arguably of all time."  Whether you agree with that statement or not, his record is undeniable: he won the Western States 100-miler seven years in a row, not to mention two victories at Death Valley's 135-mile, 130 degree Badwater Ultra and numerous victories at other major races.  In 2010, he set a new U.S. record in the 24-hour run, covering 165.7 miles in that period. 

And all this on a vegan diet.  ("Remember," Jurek said in an article in the New York Times a few years back, "almost every long-distance runner turns into a vegan while they’re racing, anyway — you can’t digest fat or protein very well.") 

Jurek is an amazing ambassador for the sport, and this promises to be a fascinating book, full of stories, science and practical advice. 

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