In his incredible memoir, Scott Jurek sets out to beat the world record of running the Appalachian trail in its entirety. Jurek is what you would call an Ultra-Runner; meaning he runs more than 26 miles (or the length of a marathon) in a day. Sounds crazy right? Some of us struggle to walk to the corner store, let alone run 26+ miles. Well, in order to beat this record, he has to run at least 50 miles a day.
You read that right. Jurek’s physical strength, endurance, and sheer will compel him to embark on this insane journey and he gets hurt, the second day. Running through his intense injury, he has to fight for every literal stride. It’s amazing to think of what strength that would take. Very few times in a memoir does an author fail before they even start his journey.
Throughout his book, Jurek explains his motivations for this run, the hardships he and his wife have endured together, and their extraordinary lives. It’s so much more than a book about running. You don’t even have to be interested in running to find this book fascinating. Full of intimate detail, and quite a few chapters written by his wife Jenny, this book explores what the human spirit and strive for greatness can actually achieve.
Not once does this book get dull, and without spoiling it, we will tell you that it is really worth the read. Jurek is witty, warm, and insightful, inspiring even the laziest of couch potatoes to get up and move. Once you have read his book and want to become a famous ultrarunner, you can follow his most recent adventures on Twitter. 10/10 for sure. A must-read.