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On Wednesday (of last week) I got to attend Scott Jurek’s Boston book tour stop at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square.  If you read Born to Run, you may remember him as the hero of the book. The short discussion on Wednesday introduced him a little more while promoting his new book Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness.  

Check out the trailer below!

Scott gave all aspiring runners hope as he described his younger self as scrawny and  ” shy kid with high blood pressure.” However, what we know of him is just the opposite!  Over the course of his nearly 20-year career, Jurek has won some of the world’s biggest and toughest ultramarathons, starting with seven consecutive victories at the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile trail race in northern California he dominated from 1999-2005. He’s broken the tape in the mountainous Hardrock 100, twice won the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon, and found victory three consecutive years at the 152-mile Spartathlon. In 2010, he set a new American record for 24 hours, covering 165.7 miles in the IAU-IAAF World Championships in France!  Aside from being an amazing endurance athlete, Scott is also Vegan.

The event was sold out as people even with tickets had to stand.  The discussion was fairly interesting as Scott would tell small anecdotes about this life, races, and friends while Christopher McDougall would take lead of the discussion and remind Scott he’s there to also promote his book.

 Watching those two made me wonder if I’m just too short to be running Ultras.  I could sit here and write-up some of the stories Scott told us but Runner’s World has an excerpt from his book that will do much better justice then my poorly written typos.  Basically Scott told us he wanted to write a nutrition book and a running book but could only write one for the timing being so this is the mixed child of book. Go read the excerpt on Runner’s World!  Eat Vegan & Run.

After the discussion there was a quick book signing.  I brought Scott’s book and then waited like a groupie for an autograph.  I added Tony’s name to the autograph because I figured if I include his name in enough running related things he’ll do a marathon with me eventually.

By the time all was done, it was dinner time.  My friend Lynn and I felt so inspired by Scott that we decided we must eat vegetarian tonight.  Thanks to my trusty Yelp app, I found Veggie Planet right in the heart of Harvard Square.

Unlike other vegetarian places I’ve been to this place had tons of options!  We scanned the menu and wanted everything.  However, decisions had to be made because we were just too hungry to think.  Luckily there was a combo option; soup or salad with half a dish.  I got the salad of the day and Lynn got the soup of the day.

Scott Jurek would have been proud of the quinoa in my salad!

BBQ seitan on top &  roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, rosemary & sage, goat cheese and Asiago cheese on the bottom; both with coconut rice.  Yes, those are their half portions.

I introduced Lynn to my love of awkward Iphone food photos.

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You guessed it, aside from my Long Run on Sunday, I went to go see the Hunger Games on Saturday.  The theatre near my house has this awesome directors’ hall where for 2-3 extra bucks you get to select your seat in advance.  No only that, the seats are those fancy recliner chairs.  Almost as good as being in your own house!

No need to show up early, or stand in the ticket line, no teenagers and college drunks to battle for a seat.  There are some perks to not living in downtown Boston anymore! In the movie theater they also have this swanky bar which we didn’t stop since we got to the theater at 9:20 and the movie time was 9:15 (I start to skip half the previews).  I have to confess, when they showed the preview for the Titanic I teared, especially at the part where the ship is sinking and they show that old couple cuddling (just writing this makes my tear ducts wake up).  I asked Tony if he would see it with me, he said “Absolutely not.”

Overall, I think I enjoyed the Hunger Games but it’s hard to tell since movies never compare much to how awesome books are.  I also wasn’t a fan of how the movie replicated some themes and direction from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, particularly the white suited peace keepers…  Not every futuristic movie needs to look like it was directed in Epcot in the 60s/70s.

Regardless, I’m still team Gail; Peeta is just too emo for my taste =)

Before the movies, I decided it was a good idea to eat my own weight in Indian Buffet.  Well Tony convinced me we should get Indian and that the buffet is more economical then me ordering a regular portion and just having leftovers.

And yes since it was buffet, I went up THREE times.  Luckily, the other two plates were vegetarian only so I didn’t feel completely like I was going to implode for too long.  I’m actually slightly surprised I didn’t pay a price on my 27 miler on Sunday.  Maybe my stomach is growing stronger just my legs are.

On Saturday before I stuff myself silly with curry; I kept busy.  In the morning I stopped by the Multisport World Conference & Expo that was happening in Cambridge.  Overall, I was a bit bored by the expo and ended up not even attending any of the seminars.  I haven’t reached the Triathlon phase of exercise addiction yet and everything there was too geared towards triathlon vs. just running.  I was really hoping to see some cute running tanks and skirts.  Instead I was met with wet-suits that I have no desire to wear, try, or buy unless I’m scuba-diving; in which case I rather rent and not deal with having to carry it on international flights.  The hoards of hippie 10 year olds with their Cambridge parents didn’t help my headache mood.

On the bright side since I was one of the first 1,000 registrants I walked out with a swag bag.  Aside from a crap-load of wasted trees in advertisements of triathlons hours and miles away (no I am not traveling to Montana from Boston to do a triathlon). I did walk out with some good things.  The main being some samples from Hammer Nutrition which includes a gel and a powder mix.  I’m excited to try them out after hearing some good things about them on my Marathon Training Academy Podcast.  I also made it out with as many Vita Coconut Water Cartons as my paper bag can carry.  Hey those babies cost $2.50 a pop here at the store and we’re in a recession you know;  so I take what I can get for free ;).  I too, wanna be cool and electrolyted  like the stars.

Dear companies; please give me free stuff; in return I will pose happily with your product. XoXo Liana.

On Saturday I also finished reading Girl Who Played with Fire.  

I made a 2012 resolution that I would read one book a month.  Audio books and magazines don’t count.  Since Saturday was March 31st, I pretty much had to meet that goal .  While reading it, I might have eaten half a bag of honey pretzels.  They say TV makes you eat mindlessly, those people clearly haven’t gotten engrossed in a book lately.

Similar, to Girl with Dragon Tattoo, not much happens in the book until the last 200 pages (out of 600+) and although I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the first one in the trilogy, I would still recommend reading it.  It’s perfect for loud crowded train rides to help you drown out the masses in a different role.  I’m also enjoy the subtle or not so subtle gender issue theme presented in the book series.   I am now on a search for Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I’ll pay the man who sells random books on steps of Cambridge City Hall a visit one Sunday.  That’s where I found this book, so hopefully he’ll have the third book in his piles as well.

Have you read anything fun lately?  Have you read any of the books int he Girl with Dragon Tattoo series?  I’m slightly excited for the second movie.  I just googled images and I can’t wait!

 

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