(Photo from ScottJurek.com)
Believe it or not there are a ton of athletes who thrive on a plant based diet and think it’s important to highlight these people and their accomplishments. Ill be featuring these individuals from time to time, hoping to inspire and break down any misconceptions about plant based diets and performance. – Priscilla
Words like “ultra” should not be used frivolously, but ultra runner Scott Jurek fully deserves the descriptor. His resume of races is crazy, including 24-hour runs and over-100 miles in length. In 2010, he set a U.S. all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles. He was named Ultra-Runner of the Year three times by Ultrarunning Magazine. With the publishing of his acclaimed book “Eat and Run,” Jurek extends his accomplishments off the trail.
What could fuel such feats? For Jurek, a big source of his success has been a wholesome plant-based diet. As a graduate student, Jurek noticed how a diet in high-quality food benefited those living active lifestyles. Adopting a plant-based diet in 1999 was the needed element to spark his astounding career.
Jurek is quick to acknowledge the valuable contributions of others. In return he offers his experience and knowledge so that all can enjoy health and recreation. His book and website host some of his favorite recipes and strategies for maintaining his active lifestyle. While Jurek’s athletic performances are super human, he stresses that a full and happy life is attainable for all through a wholesome plant-based diet.
It’s inspiring to see people living a plant based diet to the fullest like Scott is, make sure to check him out!