Eat and Run by Scott Jurek
I saw this book at the library and recognized Scott Jurek’s name from the book “Born to Run”. I knew he was an ultra-marathoner and I thought this book would be a fun read and would help get me excited to get back into running and fitness. I wasn’t disappointed and actually learned a lot.
I would say a major focus of this book is on Scott’s journey from meat eater to vegan. He did a lot of experimenting with what foods made him a more efficient runner, and thankfully he shared his experiences and many recipes that he uses. He also devotes chapters to different ultra-marathons, and I really enjoyed reading about these extreme courses all over the world that people run for fun!
I was not expecting to learn as much as I did from this book. I really enjoyed the read, and this book really motivated me to look at my diet and try to incorporate more vegetables, beans, etc into it. I could never be a vegan (hello…Wisconsin girl – LOVE my dairy!!), but I could definitely stand to eat a more plant-based diet. The day after finishing the book, I booked it over to ALDI, bought a ton of veggies, and meal prepped some awesome salads to have for lunches as well as vegetarian chili. Let’s be honest, I’ll probably never be a vegetarian, but Scott made some really good points about how good a plant-based diet is for running, stamina, and recovery and it really resonated with me.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
I had heard a lot about this book and the movie and it motivating women to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I thought this would be an entertaining book which it was, but I was also quite disappointed. The author was laughably un-prepared for this trip which really annoyed me. I don’t claim to be an avid backpacker, but the mistakes she made could have cost her life which she doesn’t seem to realize at all throughout the book. In addition, there was a lot more of her “back story” than I was expecting, and not as much of her actual experience on the trail (other than her being quite foolish).
This book contained a lot of profanity, sex, and hard drug use which I wasn’t a huge fan of either. Maybe I’m somewhat prudish, but if I were her, there’s NO way I’d include all of that in a book that the entire world and my children had access to. It was all part of her backstory, but again, I wish there had been less of that and more about the trail.
Usually I read books like this and instantly want to do it or at the very least see the place the people are talking about, but this was not the case. Strayed doesn’t portray the trail in the best light and I have no desire to know any more about it. It frustrates me that women would read her book and think “well she did it, so can I” and probably tried to complete the Pacific Crest Trail with less preparation than she was.
While I’m happy to cross another book of my growing “to read” list, I’m disappointed with this book in general and a bit confused by all the rave reviews. But May is a new month and I’ve been to the library for new books which will hopefully not disappoint!
What are you reading this month? And what do you recommend?