Review: Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s no Born to Run, but makes a good complement. If you’ve read Born to Run and found the descriptions of Scott Jurek and his background interesting, I’d highly recommend picking this book up. It feels like a “spinoff” of the sorts you see on TV — where we’re suddenly zooming in on a different character and premise. Or if you’re looking to learn more about food and nutrition and how those things relate to extreme exercise, I’d recommend this book. The recipes are great (I’m a particular fan of his vegetarian chili recipe), and his well documented experimentation with food generally is a great way to get yourself started on experimenting with exercise nutrition.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to readers who are just looking for a book about running more generally, or even readers looking for a good ultra-runner book. Eat and Run is really more of a combination memoir, nutrition primer, race report (of many races), and tangent(s). But if you’re interested in Jurek or exercise nutrition, it’s pretty good.

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24. August 2012 by Greg
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