Scott Jurek; Eat & Run; Vegetarian dining

On Wednesday (of last week) I got to attend Scott Jurek’s Boston book tour stop at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. B If you readB 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 bookB Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness. B

Check out the trailer below!

Scott gave all aspiring runners hope as he described his younger self as scrawny and B ” shy kid with high blood pressure.b However, what we know of him is just the opposite! B Over the course of his nearly 20-year career, Jurek hasB won some of the worldbs biggest and toughest ultramarathons, starting withB seven consecutive victoriesB at theB Western StatesB Endurance Run, a 100-mile trail race in northern California he dominated from 1999-2005. Hebs broken the tape in the mountainous Hardrock 100,B twice wonB the 135-mileB Badwater Ultramarathon, andB found victoryB three consecutive yearsB at theB 152-mile Spartathlon. In 2010, he set a new American record forB 24 hours, covering 165.7 milesB in the IAU-IAAF World Championships in France! B Aside from being an amazing endurance athlete, Scott is also Vegan.

The event was sold out as people even with tickets had to stand. B 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.

B Watching those two made me wonder if I’m just too short to be running Ultras. B 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. B 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! B Eat Vegan & Run.

After the discussion there was a quick book signing. B I brought Scott’s book and then waited like a groupie for an autograph. B 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. B My friend Lynn and I felt so inspired by Scott that we decided we must eat vegetarianB tonight. B Thanks to my trusty Yelp app, I found Veggie Planet right in the heart of Harvard Square.

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

ScottB JurekB would have been proud of the quinoa in my salad!

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

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