Scott Jurek grew up in Minnesota in a fairly strict household. His mother developed multiple sclerosis and Scott spend a lot of time caring for her. He was a tall, skinny kid, not particularly popular because he so busy helping his mother and father at home. In his late teens, he took up running, becoming a world champion ultra runner.
And he is a vegan. A vegan athlete? There are still people who, despite more and more vegan champion athletes (David Carter, Carl Lewis, Fiona Oakes, Laura Kline, Mike Tyson, Torre Washington, Steph Davis, there are plenty more to Google), think the term is an oxymoron. Well, those people are just morons!
I'm a vegan and I used to be a runner, but I'm not even close to his league. Ultra runners run distances equal to four or five marathons. 50 miles, 100 miles, 135 miles. They run up and down mountains, in snow and ice, in deserts. They push their bodies to the limit. Okay, I agree, they're nuts.
I was fascinated by Scott's life story. He's only 42, but he's set world records and done things no one else has done. He's a physical therapist, a philosopher, and a vegan chef. At the end of each chapter is a section about the philosophy or physiology of running and a recipe.
I bought a copy of this book to give to my doctor, who is a runner. Before I give it to her, though, I plan to copy some of his recipes for healthy, energizing food.