Weekend Workouts + Book Review of North by Scott Jurek

Hey guys! I hope you had a great weekend. The craziest thing happened yesterday, my YouTube channel crossed 10,000 views!!!  I know you probably only watch for Cecil but I appreciate the views anyways :). You can always watch my vlogs by going to www.kristinavlogs.com and you can subscribe for free by clicking here.

Anyway, I spent a lot of this weekend on the couch reading North by Scott Jurek. I powered through the whole book and definitely want to re-read it! I also got in a good run and a couple of good workouts:

In the video I show you what my quality running workout for this week is, and how I take my coach’s directions and put together a Workout for my Garmin. For a long time I had no idea how to use Garmin Workouts and it really changed my life :). If you aren’t using Garmin Workouts yet definitely give the video a look.

To get back to Scott’s book for a second, I want to say I really enjoyed it but it was different from what I expected. Each chapter is broken down by different sections of the AT and half is written from Scott’s perspective from the trail, and half is written from his wife Jenny’s perspective as his primary crew member.

A good chunk of the book is just about Scott’s internal thoughts during the trip, where he found his motivation to keep going when he was exhausted and his body was broken down, and why he felt like he needed to accomplish this journey.

Less of the book is about what Scott saw on the trail and what someone could expect if he/she decides to hike or run the AT. If that’s what you’re looking for you’ll be better served by reading a guide book. If you like Scott or stories about digging deep to accomplish goals you’ll probably really like this book, I definitely did.

If you follow ultrarunning then you’ll definitely recognize plenty of the names of people who came out to crew and support Scott during his hike. Krissy Moehl, Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer and a handful of other legends spent a good amount of time lending their support, knowledge and motivation.

I breezed through the book and think anyone who enjoyed Eat and Run would like this book too. Just be forewarned there isn’t a book about running. Even though Scott achieved the FKT by averaging 50 miles per day, most days his speed was equivalent to “3.5 on the AT treadmill.”

I hope you had a great weekend!

Who else breezed through Scott’s book?
Anyone else dealing with high heat and humidity during runs this weekend?!

4 comments

  1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I was thinking about this book this weekend because I got to run a “new to me” section of the AT- about 16 miles from Route 325 in PA to Swatara State Park. It was beautiful. I couldn’t imagine doing 50 miles a day for so many days in a row like he did. Freaking crazy. Did he sleep outside or in hotels? I would love to read three versions of his book- the version about how he got through it mentally, the version on logistics, and the version of what he saw on the trail!
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    1. Kristina

      He slept in his van mostly, although a couple times he was so exhausted he just plopped down on the trail. I do wish he had talked a little more about what he saw on the trail, but then again I imagine if he did it would be a lot of “and then I saw more trees” 😀

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  2. Ana

    That’s a glowing recommendation for the book!! I’m going to order it next week. Where did you first learn of Scott Jurek?
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    1. Kristina

      I first learned of him in 2013 I think when I read Born to Run and I’ve been hooked on his story every since then. Have you read Born to Run? If not I highly recommend it! As soon as I finished Born to Run I immediately bought Scott’s book “Eat and Run” and I’ve been obsessed with him since then. I feel like a Scott Jurek historian at this point, I think I’ve read every interview and watched every documentary! haha
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