In case you haven't heard, Mr. Vegan Master of the Ultrarunning universe, Scott Jurek, is out with his first book - Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness.
Naturally, I got it and devoured it as soon as it hit the (virtual) shelves. In the book, Scott talks about his upbringing, early athletic career, struggles and victories both in running and life. It was a really quick read, incredibly engaging.
Each of the 21 chapters is a story in itself, and many of those stories tie together at some point in the book. Each chapter ends with a yummy-sounding recipe, which I would have gotten up to make right away - if only I wasn't too involved in reading the book. Most of the chapters also end with a little paragraph with some basic training advice.
To Scott, optimal nutrition drives performance and he talks at length about how he has tweaked his diet before and after becoming vegan. There is a lot of detail about how food works with your body and though I tend to read such claims with one eyebrow constantly raised (I know I need to stop or else I'll develop some unsightly wrinkles), I actually really liked and agreed with a great majority of the information he laid out. No glaring scientific inaccuracies, which I was incredibly happy about (and yet expected no less).
An unconventionally inspirational, very matter-of-fact (which describes the book itself) quote makes appearances in every story told. Sometimes you just do things. I can't argue with that (and I'm sure Nike would agree)...it has now pulled me through a few tough moments on my recent runs. So, thank you to Scott's dad, the author of that not-so-unique-but-powerful sentence.
The running stories are incredible. I have added a few ultras to my "must do" and even more to my "must never do" list.
The Energizer bunny's got nothing on Scott.
Even if I don't yet think of marathons as short walks around the park and I haven't signed up for a 100-mile race (I'm calling it an exercise in patience but it's really that I am super scared...even of my 100k (62miles)), I loved this book and may end up reading it again one day. Yes, I do that sort of thing once in a while.
The next book on my list, which I am already well into and loving (but in a different way and I'll tell you why later): The Extra Mile by Pam Reed.