Eat and Run: My Unlucky Trip to Ultimate Ultramarathoning Greatness is an upcoming autobiography by the late great ultramarathoning champion Scott Jurek and ultra-marathon world record holder Steve Kettering. It was recently released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June of 2021. The book contains interviews with many of the best ultramarathletes of our time, including marathoner Scott Jurek, ultra-marathoner Steve Kettering, triathlete Ray Braun and ultra-triathlon athlete Chris Brands.
I know what you are thinking. How can this be a book about eating and running? After all, it’s about weight loss. Well, I didn’t know could this book also be about how I ran a marathon, how I ate throughout my training, how I prepared and carried my equipment and how I overcame injuries and illnesses. It’s a great read because it really showcases some of the professionalism and attitude that is required to be a successful ultramarineathoner.
먹튀검증 is the tale of how Scott Jurek trained and fought through injuries that would keep him from competing in the 2021 edition of the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, California. He had planned on doing the race, but needed to focus on his training and run a sub-par 40 minute mile instead. Despite his injuries, he did finish the race. What was even more amazing was he didn’t allow it to affect him mentally or physically.
During the training period, he implemented a strict vegan diet and religiously ran two new York times bestsellers, each one significantly longer than the previous. But after the race, he took a week off, just like many athletes do. Only when he got home, did he realize that he was not only hurting but out of shape. This revelation spurred him on to create an even more rigorous vegan diet and run another marathon. When he did, he became the worlds-renowned ultra marathon champion.
This story epitomizes the importance of setting goals and then continuing to push forward despite any obstacles that you may face along the way. Although the author has been through two personal hells and is now overcoming his own struggles with health issues and aging, his goal to run a marathon and complete the Badwater Ultramarathon is still far from reach. But what does this mean for today’s athlete? Well, it means there is no reason to quit running if you’ve always wanted to.
While there are thousands of athletes who refuse to eat a vegan diet or engage in any extreme training and workouts because they believe doing so will prevent them from competing at the high levels they desire, only a few truly accomplish their goals. The reasons that some people can’t seem to make it to the Big Stage or the Iron Figure Games are mostly due to their attitudes about dieting and exercise. They think veganism is simply out of reach. As a result, they give up on the dream of achieving world-class athleticism, while those who stay true to their veganism end up with world-class athletic bodies that they are simply proud of.
Eat and Run is not just another inspiring memoir about a vegan athlete who overcame adversity. It is also a story about what it takes to be a truly dedicated and driven runner. Although he suffered a heart attack and developed ulcers as a result of his strict vegan diet, Ben went on to win the marathon distance race in the largest amount of time, by completing the race in under 24 hours. While he acknowledges that eating a plant-based diet and running don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, he says that there are definitely some things that you can do to help them complement each other and become even more effective. This is what makes Eat and Run a very valuable read for anyone who is serious about both their personal health and their running career.
While it’s impossible to say that anything in the book will help you run faster or healthier, there is one element in particular that many readers who eat and run will benefit from: motivational quotes. Ben Thompson gives wonderful tips and advice on how to mentally prepare for a run or a walk. He reminds you, “Running is the most pleasant activity” and “the greatest exercise.” If you struggle with being motivated to get off the couch and go for a run, I highly recommend this book.