How Vegan Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek Do It? We Ask Him. He Tells Us.
An ultramarathoner is someone who regularly runs races that make the standard 26.2-mile contest look like a morning jog. Scott Jurek, 37, is an ultra ultramarathoner. He’s the U.S. record holder for the 24-hour run, fitting 165.7 miles into a single day. Twice he’s won the brutal Badwater race — that’s 153 miles through Death Valley — and he’s won the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run seven times. He does it all on a diet devoid of animal products. In his free time, he helps restore the mountain trails so central to his sport. We had a few questions for him.
Q: How long have you been vegan?
A: Since 1999. I started doing ultramarathons in ’94, but all my major victories happened after I changed my diet. I was able to train the way I did because of the diet and the way it helped me recover. It was a gradual journey, learning what I could do as a vegan. It wasn’t like I transitioned in one day, it was gradual. But it was one of those things that really impacted my health and recovery and training, and it’s been a big reason for why I’ve been so consistent with races and pumping out serious results. I’m 37 and my knees feel great, my body isn’t destroyed. A lot of people think ultramarathoning has long-term damaging effects on your body. That’s where I feel like the diet has played a huge role. As a result of it, my body is able to withstand all the demands I put on it. It’s longevity in the sport.
Q: What made you want to go vegan?
Q: Is your veganism more connected to health, the environment, ethics, or all three?
Q: We always hear about the health benefits of a vegan diet. Can you talk a bit about the environmental benefits?
Q: Why vegan and not just vegetarian?
Plus more questions. Checkout the whole interview on The Green Life