My Wellness Warriors
My Wellness Warriors

Runners Health:Scott Jurek: Some Select Comments

We wanted to highlight some of the lessons from this amazing, world-class runner ... This athlete is the picture of conviction and this is a repetitive theme in his athletic life. He ran the Western states 100 and the Badwater 135 two weeks apart. He learned that the Tarahumara Indians ate only what was whole and pure: their avocado, their tortillas and beans, and their roasted corn concoctions. Scott learned agreat deal from the Tarahumara; he learned about their super efficiency and he learned about the importance of a plant based diet. And, can you imagine running 135 miles? Heck, I whine sometimes when I run 13 miles.


This super athlete ran some 7 min. miles when he was 120 miles into the 135 mile Badwater Ultra Marathon, and he did this with a broken toe. Jurek states that "to run 100 miles and more is to bring the body to the point of breaking, to bring the mind to the point of destruction, to arrive at that place where you can alter your consciousness ..." Clearly, his level of understanding is much more sophisticated than for those of us who have never run those sorts of ultra distances, because he has done it and his understanding is at the experiential level, not the theoretical. This athlete was inspired and convicted, and, many of us find him and his message inspiring and convicting. His athletic achievements are far beyond that of 99% of all runners ...

Jurek discussed his plant based diet e.g.' Kalamata olives and hummus on whole wheat tortillas' for his long runs. He notes that his blood pressure and triglyceride levels dropped to all time lows; his HDL, the good cholesterol, shot up to an all-time high. He had no joint inflammation even after miles of pounding trails and roads and interestingly, he notes that on those occasions when he would sprain an ankle or fall and injure his elbow or knee, the soreness left faster than it had ever before. What a testament to plant-based eating! He states that he was eating more, losing weight, and gaining muscle, all on a vegan diet. He had more energy than ever, had better concentration, and better recovery times, stating that he wasn't sore even after 50 mile races. Amazing! wz

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