Eat & Run

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 July, 2012, 12:00am


Eat & Run
by Scott Jurek
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

If you were disappointed by Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, which seemed dashed off, try Eat & Run, by Scott Jurek, with Steve Friedman. It may not be a writerly masterpiece, but you read it for information about what ultramarathons require from a body. Jurek, who made a successful move from skiing to long-distance running - he competes in and wins races of at least 50 miles (80km) - also discusses the mental strength needed to be a champion. He has won the 100-mile Western States Endurance competition in the US seven times as well as the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece, among other races. Interestingly, for athletes and vegetarians worried about their diets, Jurek's veganism shows how plant-based foods can support active lifestyles. 'As long as I ate a varied whole-foods diet with adequate caloric intake, I would get enough protein,' Jurek writes, referring many times to his diet as practically the secret behind his success. Helpfully, he includes recipes for many of his favourite foods. Chocolate adzuki bars are his dessert of choice on the run.