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I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek (#109)

After I laced up my shoes and actually went for a run I came back and stated looking for books. While it's true that I have no desire to actually RUN the Badwater Ultramarathon it was interesting reading about someone who has.

The most interesting piece of information is that Scott is Vegan. He even tried Raw for a while but he's been able to accomplish so much without meat.
If we wouldn't take steroids ourselves...why would we eat the flesh of an animal that has?

Or was the sum of a plant-based diet greater than its parts? Vegetarians are likely to have healthy habits outside the kitchen as well as more active lifestyles and less smoking.

Each chapter has a recipe and an information snippet. . . Finding the Time, The Naked Truth (barefoot running), Counting Calories, Making Progress.

There is mention of a study, on page 150, that scares me. The study followed men and women over a fourteen year period and found that men who spent more than 6 hours a day sitting were 17% more likely to die during that time than men who sat for less than 3 hours. It get worse for me, women were 34% more likely to die. And to make things even scarier. . .
This increased mortality persisted regardless of whether the participants smoked, were overweight, and - this shocked me-regardless of how much they exercised.
I enjoyed this book very much. I don't eat enough of a variety of veggies to enjoy most of the recipes and my doc said not to change my diet (blood thinners) so I'm putting this on my wishlist and will pick up the paperback later on and read it again, with a highlighter and bookmarks.

There were two sections of pictures.

Eat & Run
My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
June 2012
227 pages
hardcover (paperback, ebook, audio)
Age range: High School +
nonfiction (Marathon running-training, Marathon running-physiological aspects, Athletes-nutrition, Vegan cooking)
source: public library

finished reading: August 8
Grade: C+ 

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race seven years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile “jaunt” through Death Valley. Recently he set an American record of 165.7 miles in 24 hours—6 1/2 marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so.

In Eat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career—as an elite athlete and a vegan—and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his world-spanning, record-breaking races, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Chock-full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, fascinating science, and accessible practical advice—including his own favorite plant-based recipes—Eat and Run will motivate everyone to “go the distance,” whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

Challenges this counts towards:
Outdo Yourself
Back to School
Monthly Mix-up Mania
Nerdy Non-Fiction

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Joy said...

I keep running across that statistic about sitting, too -- it always reminds me to stand up! I've been working on moving around more during the day by breaking my work into 25-minute chunks and then getting up for at least a quick stretch.

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Satia said...

That sitting statistic is worrying. I've actually created a way to put my laptop where I can stand to use it. We also have a dresser that's a great height for reading. Not all books will easily lay flat but those that do I try to read while standing.

But I wonder about that data. Did the people they studied include active exercisers or people who sit all day at work then drive home and sit in front of a television? Even when I was a mother with three little ones at home, I was not as fit as I am now as a grandmother with only a dog to take for a walk around my neighborhood.

But research is always interesting and if it motivates me to get up and move then it could be worse.


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