Scott Jurek’s running career includes victories in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite trail and road events, including the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, and his signature race the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, which he has won a record seven straight times.
The Washington Times named him one of the top runners of the decade, Runner’s World awarded him a Hero of Running and Ultrarunning Magazine named him Ultra-Runner of the Year three times.
In 2010, he set a new US all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles—6.5 marathons in one day.
Scott is a true student and ambassador of the sport, known to stay at finish lines cheering until the last runner crosses.
He’s gone from consuming McChicken Sandwiches at McDonald’s on a regular basis to becoming a passionate advocate for vegetarianism, and today he follows a 100% plant-based diet, which he credits for his superior endurance, recovery and overall health.
Listen in to this episode as I pick Scott’s brain on his career, training methodology and mental approach including:
- Scott’s unconventional background in running
- What separates those that make a career out of winning races from those that just fall short
- How to get started in ultra-marathon
- How Scott overcomes adversity when the times get tough
- What drives him to compete in ultras
- Competing under pressure
Scott also shares insights to his 100% plant based diet:
- How to get started with a vegetarian diet as a runner
- Common obstacles and strategies to overcome them
- How to transition to a plant based diet by expanding your horizons
- The mindset to have to be successful and stick with a vegetarian diet
- How to obtain enough calories, proteins and amino acids from a plant based diet
- A look into his diet, what he consumes each day along with what he puts into smoothies
- Recommendations of products to help you obtain all of your nutritional needs as a runner
Scott also shares his advice on how to enjoy years of successful running.
I share four different half and full marathon specific long runs that can break up the tedium of constant long slow miles and improve your result on race day.
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