Ultrarunning article on ESPN

Posted on February 22, 2008 by



While you were still sleeping, Scott Jurek ran 30 miles, up a trail that climbs 3,600 feet. While you shuffled to the kitchen for Cheerios, Jurek spent two hours strength training, working his entire upper and lower body. He’s not done yet. A core routine follows, as Jurek works his abdominal muscles until they burn. That’s easily remedied by his preferred method of therapy — jumping into a tub full of ice water to soak away the day. In between, he’ll prepare, cook and munch on an array of vegan foods. The day after a peak training session, he’ll pound down an obscene amount of whole grains, raw veggies and wheat germ drinks: about 6,000 to 8,000 calories, give or take a lentil or two.

Scott Jurek

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A lack of prize money and endorsements doesn’t deter hearty souls such as Scott
Jurek from ultrarunning.

Just a ho-hum day of training when you’re one of the best ultramarathon runners in the world. Jurek is one of a growing legion of (ummm … thrill seekers? masochists?) individuals willing to put their bodies and minds to the test by running extra-long races, often in grueling conditions.

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