- Author Scott Jurek
I’ve been making my way through several running books and, even those about running marathons, have something to them that an unfit jogger like me can understand. This one, however, it wasn’t at all relatable. This is all about ultramarathons and running for 100 miles at a time, up mountains and across deserts. It’s about pushing the body to its very limit, to try and find the breaking point, and step back just before you go too far. That’s not really my thing at all.
Scott shares his thoughts well, and the writing is good and engaging, but it still felt like there was a huge distance between me and the story unfolding. I was a bit put off by the reverence paid to food - I’m not a vegetarian, and I was interested up to a point by the benefits of trying a vegan lifestyle, but then it went beyond belief. A plant-based diet, where he even mills his own flour and whips up his own energy gels, again, it’s not my thing. I liked each chapter ending with a recipe, but by the end I wasn’t reading them because they’re so far beyond my ability, it’s crazy.
Overall I thought it was a good book, but it just didn’t grab my interest as much as I’d hoped. There was a tendency towards existentialism that was okay in small doses, but got a bit heavy towards the end. The best summary I can give is to say it was an interesting look at a life I’ll never understand.