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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#7 “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei” by John Stevens
The “1000-Day Marathon”, a big part of their practice, takes 7 years to complete. For the first 5 years they run a marathon a day for 100 days straight. This is repeated 7 times. For the last 2 years the distance is increased to two Marathon distances a day (84km!). They also throw in a 9-day fast into their practice, with continuous meditation, without water and sleep, to keep things interesting.
——- WHY THIS BOOK? ———
This books in not for everyone – It’s poorly written at times and weirdly edited, but if you are a fan of running, endurance or just fascinating by incredible human achievements – then look no further!
————— IMPACT —————
It has has impaired my ability to complain about monotonous and repetitive tasks. It also pushed me to train harder for the 20km trail race I ran with (against?) my brother this November. Unfortunately for me he finished faster 🤬 🏃
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It was freezing, raining and windy but it was my last opportunity for a long run before Kullamannen 25k. So I took it!
The biggest hurdle was not the weather, though, it was finding clothes to protect me from it. I’m moving houses this weekend and finding anything among all the boxes is almost impossible.
I found what I assessed to be the bare minimum clothing-wise for 2.5 hour run and then I was on my way!
I also treated myself with a new audio book – “Apollo 8: The thrilling story of the first Mission to the Moon” by Jeffrey Kluger – to accompany me in the trail.
After 7k I notice I was freezing my balls off, literarily. My packages was colder than a piece of space debris in shade.
I’d know I had to abort the mission if this problem was not adressed. I was less than a third into the run and continuing would mean this cold might turn into real damage.
I proceeded to orbit the lake I was running around, like a satellite, when I got the splendid idea to sacrificing my hat to isolate my boxers. Temperature started to stabilize and the mission was saved. And I got really confused looks from passing people that tried to figure out if I was really well hung or if I had a really bad tumor growth.
All in all, Good run though!
Preparing for my race in November with a 21k morning run. It went fairly well except that it rained the whole time. I did see two row deer as a bonus, though!
Accompanying me on this adventure was a new book I got from audible – “Apollo 8” by Jeffery Kluger – and it’s going to be super interesting to learn some more space race history.
What are you reading this weekend?
Made a glorious return to the running trail today after struggling with a nasty cold for a while.
Rewarded myself with this book to accompany me on the trail as I prepare for a race I’m running in November.
“Stranger in the woods” by Michael Finkel tells the story of a man that one day decided to just fuck off and go live in the woods. Don’t we all dream about doing that sometimes?!
What are you reading this weekend?