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Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, Scott Jurek
This is Scott's story of his journey from meat-eating hunter to vegan ultra superstar. It is an inspiring tale of his evolution as a runner and as a human being. He introduces us to some unforgettable characters and by the end you feel like part of the gang. Throughout the book you will find some of Scott's plant-based recipes for energy bars, refried beans, burgers and more. I have tried several of them and they are all fantastic! This is a must-read for anyone that is passionate about running and a healthy lifestyle.
This book is about more than barefoot running. It will make you want to sign up for an ultra yesterday and start training immediately. Very inspiring, fascinating and humorous at times. The real life, somewhat quirky characters in this book resonated with me and are what drew me in initially. The intriguing stories of endurance are what kept me turning the pages. I learned a great deal about human beings and what incredible feats we are capable of with the use of our bodies and our minds.
Running for Mortals, John Bingham & Jenny Hadfield
Not yet a runner, but want to be? This is the perfect book for a newbie. Straight to the point, easy to understand and written by two very knowledgable writers from Runner's World with a lot of running experience under their belts. It encompasses starting a run program, nutrition, hydration, speed and endurance. Everything you need to know in one easy to read book.
Other Interesting Books
Food Politics, Marion Nestle
Not a fun read, but a necessary one. "Nestle, nutrition chair at New York University and editor of the 1988 Surgeon General Report, has served her time in the dietary trenches and is ideally suited to revealing how government nutritional advice is watered down when a message might threaten industry sales." (Amazon Review). A book that finally demonstrates in detail how and why the information we receive about nutrition and food is often false and why we shouldn't be so trusting. A look into major influences, marketing, government agencies and their agendas.
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The World, Tracy Kidder
I have never been more inspired than I was after reading this non-fiction piece by Tracy Kidder. Paul Farmer went from Harvard to Haiti and beyond to do such incredible work. He is a public health hero! Paul Farmer is an amazing man with an amazing story and I am grateful to Tracy Kidder for putting it on paper. This book will make you realize that you can make a difference. We all can.
Do They Hear You When You Cry, Fauziya Kassindja
The true tale of a young woman fleeing tribal, ritual genital mutilation in Togo, Africa. She lands in the United States seeking asylum but is instead imprisoned in an immigration and naturalization detention center for over a year. A grave look at our immigration policies and the story of a woman trying to escape the horrific ritual that is still practiced today. Beyond just a look at immigration and political asylum, this novel weaves in a beautiful story of unexpected sisterhood between two women.
Tales of a Female Nomad, Rita Golden Gelman
Rita hasn't had a permanent address since 1986. To some this sounds sad, and to others (like myself) it sounds thrilling! She travels the globe becoming a part of various communities that she previously knew nothing about. She describes the places in detail but paints a far more vivid picture of the individuals she meets. Rita is a brave, adventurous woman with a love for people. Anyone that appreciates travel and culture will quickly become wrapped up in her words.
For a full list of books that I have read and rated (including fiction), view my bookshelf at GoodReads.com