From the author of the bestseller Eat and Run, a thrilling new memoir about taking on -- and defeating -- the Appalachian Trail. Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners. Now, in NORTH, Jurek recounts his 2015 journey to discover something new about himself through a wholly unique challenge: breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. Unlike the raw application of willpower that defined him for two decades, Scott's AT run (during which he had to run approximately 50 miles every day) required him to reinvent himself at just the time in his career when he might have otherwise been winding down. Jurek was underprepared from the outset and, as he proceeded to run, hike, and stumble his way for 46 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, he was nearly outmatched by the elements. But the quest for adventure pushed Scott and and his wife, Jenny, onto the trail in the first place, and ultimately pulled them north, one white blaze at a time. Filled with Jurek's unique insights into running, as well as fascinating facts about the people, places, and history of the Appalachian Trail, NORTH will delight runners and non-runners alike, inspiring all readers to keep striving for their personal best.
I don‘t understand what motivates people to do these ultra marathons. It all seems to be very painful and I can‘t help but think about what injuries you might get stuck with. But it‘s sure interesting to read about!