Scott Jurek runs and eats! By running I
mean 100 mile runs (that’s 160km!) and 24 hour races. By eating I mean only plant based foods.
Endurance has been a theme in my reading for a while and this is the latest latest entry. I was led to this ultra marathon legends autobiography because Jurek was mentioned in “Born to Run”. But unlike “Born to Run” which I would recommend to anyone, this is better suited for running enthusiasts only.
The most interesting aspects of the book is his search for the link between endurance sports and altered states of consciousness. I also enjoyed the more practical sections with training and dietary advice.
📝 A common mistake for beginners is to have too long strides. Count the times you right foot skrikes the ground In 20 seconds. Multiple by 3 and you get your stride rate per minute. Speed up til you reach 85-95 strides per minutes.
📝 Later in his career he started a more holistic view on his training:
– Yoga for body awareness, flexibility & centered focus.
– Body posture & stabilization.
– Conscious breathing.
– Upper body strength.
📝 “The more I measure the more sure I was on my instincts” Jureks book has a more open attitude towards technology than the “back to basics” attitude of “Born to Run”.
📝Jurek Book Recommendations:
“Running Wild” – John anorino “Running and Being”
“The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei”
“The Power of Now”
“The Way of the Peaceful Warrior”
Every runner knows it is a hassle to time meals and workouts. Free up more time for actual training (instead of digesting) by replacing heavy meaty meals with plant based ones!
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