What a triumph — both Scott Jurek’s life and this one-of-a-kind book. I’ve seen Scott in action as he defies unimaginable challenges, and thanks to this breathtakingly personal account, I finally understand how he does it. He rebuilt himself literally from the inside out, and the result is a man — and a story — unlike any other.”

– Christopher McDougall, best-selling author of Born to Run

“…readers will be rewarded with lessons about persistence and the joy of running.”

–Kirkus Reviews

“This is the inspiring story of an inspired man. Scott Jurek’s phenomenal success as an ultramarathoner demonstrates that meat and other animal foods are not necessary for optimum health, strength, and endurance. In these pages he shares his philosophy of running and eating as well as his favorite recipes — a good read!’

–Andrew Weil, author of Spontaneous Happiness and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health

“Accessible and riveting…”

–Publishers Weekly

“Scott Jurek has revolutionized the sports world—not just with his astounding feats of speed and endurance, but with his flashes of brilliance in how to power our bodies. Whether you are an elite athlete or just want more energy and vitality, this book will inspire and equip you, and will forever change the way you think about fueling your body.”

–Neal Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

“[T]here is much here to interest runners of all types.”


“The surprise here isn’t that Scott Jurek knows a lot about nutrition —I especially love his “Holy Moly Guacamole” recipe. Or that he ran prodigious mileage to prepare for his many ultramarathon victories. More impressively, we discover that Jurek studied many of the great philosophers, and used their lessons to focus his running. In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.”

–Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

“…a shockingly honest, revealing and inspiring memoir”

–Trail Runner