Marketing and Recruitment Officer Katherine Moss tells us about her #LockdownLiterature, “Eat and Run” by Scott Jurek.
“When I was first given this book, I thought I’d humour my sister and give it a go as the title was two of my favourite things. I found it tricky to find time to read prior to lockdown, and although I seem busier at the moment, finding the time to read and relax (and escape) has been really important to my mental health.
“The book is about a vegan (wait, it’s not that bad) ultramarathon runner (crazy races of at least 50 miles, often 100) and his journey from tough childhood to champion racer. It looks at how he changed his diet to a plant based one – despite criticism that he’d never get enough protein to be a proper athlete eating salad -and went on to become one of the most successful Ultramarathon runners.
I loved this book and couldn’t put it down – Jurek’s writing is raw and authentic and the pace was perfect.
“While his childhood wasn’t horrific, it was tough – his mother was diagnosed with MS when he was still young and he carried a lot on his shoulders. By sixth grade, he did most of his family’s chores, including laundry, cooking, gardening, and yard work. And his journey to be at the top of his game wasn’t without it’s struggles – including running most of a 100-mile race with a sprained ankle.
“I also loved the way the narrative is broken up with plant based recipes – it feels as if you’re having a conversation with you and he’s gone off on a tangent about a great meal he made.
“From not finding much time to read, I struggled to put this book down – apart from to go for a run which it made me want to do all the time! And don’t worry, you can still read this is you’re a meat-eater!”
Have you read this book before, or maybe you’re now thinking about giving it a go? If so, we’d love to know your thoughts on the book in the comments.
And don’t forget to share any reviews of your #LockdownLiterature with spsmarketing as part of the #KentBookClub.