Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

Scott Jurek with Jenny Jurek

What an incredible story. I was shocked at how open both Scott and Jenny were in this piece. They seemed to not hold anything back to protect their own image or those that joined them on the journey. It was open a raw, and really made the book a success.

This is a must read for any trail runner. If you’re a hiker, or backpacker, or endurance athlete of any kind, you will almost certainly find this book engaging.

I imagine a book about running 2200 miles could be a bit repetitive. There were hints of this, but I never lost interest. I think most of that was due to the open and raw.

This was a physical feat unimaginable to most of us. But, perhaps more so, I realize it’s also a mental feat.

I often wonder with physical triumph writing how sensationalized it has to be to sell to our desensitized Pavlovian society. There was perhaps a hint of this, as he would often talk about the underrated difficulty of mountain x, or y. But the rawness of the other writing helped me to buy in. I also would constantly remind myself that unimmaginable physical and mental difficulty of this task would magnify the reality of any obsticle. A small hill at the end of a marathon appears to be monumental for us mortals, let alone an actual mountain in a sleep deprived state, after running for 20 hours a day, for weeks on end.

It’s a truly remarkable accomplishment, engagingly written, with truth and honesty.