The Bookshelf Keeper 2013


Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

By Scott Jurek

The Bookshelf: Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Utlramartahon Greatness “Sometimes you just do things,” the sometimes overbearing father would say to his young son, who would one day grow up to be one of the world’s top ultramarathon runners. Those would become words to live by—or, at least endure by—for Scott Jurek, whose book Eat & Run is equal parts memoir, adventure story, how-to manual, and vegan cookbook. Eat & Run tells the compelling story of an introverted nordic skier who discovered ultrarunning by accident and eventually grew to dominate the sport. Along the way, Jurek discovered the virtues of a vegan lifestyle and used it to propel himself further and faster. Filled with great characters from Jurek’s life, the book is as riddled with heartrending stories of personal triumph and loss as it is breathtaking race descriptions that take you inside the mind of a once-in-a generation athlete during some of his most grueling runs. And don’t miss the delicious vegan recipes at the end of each chapter. The Kalamata hummus trail wraps are now a regular in my pack. $26


About Author

Aaron Lovell lives in Tooele, Utah, and studied journalism at the University of Oklahoma. He hates fishing, loves ballet, and spends his free time helping his wife coax their four children along on hikes they're not old enough for. Twitter: @aarontlovell

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