How did the “Eat and Run” and “Born to Run” books change Scott’s life?
They brought a new spotlight to the forefront of ultrarunning and to his life and experience personally and professionally. It exposed his career to a lot of people who may have otherwise had no awareness of the sport.
What sports are the Jureks hoping their children will try?
They never want to push their kids into anything, but desire to provide them with opportunities to be exposed to sports, music, etc. and let them determine what they enjoy. Scott hopes they might not become as competitive as he is because of the grueling pace that is required.
What advice do Scott and Jenny have regarding their lifestyle and entering parenthood?
Relationships cannot be one-sided and parenting requires a balance between partners. They have learned much about each other and demands ebb and flow as Scott and Jenny train for different races. Sacrifice is necessary and things cannot be all about one person.
What does Scott and Jenny's active lifestyle look like with balancing parenthood ?
Scott and Jenny’s kids love the outdoors and being active. The couple has been able to figure out a way to still infuse their lifestyle into their lives. But, changes have had to be made and they are more restricted on what they can do.
What are some other trails that have peaked Scott's interest that he hasn't had the opportunity to hike yet ?
The GR trail that goes across Europe as well as the Camino and trails in the Himalayas. He would also like to explore the Colorado and Arizona trails in the United States.
Who is Scott Jurek?
Scott Jurek was arguably the most talked about person on the Appalachian Trail in 2015 as he was a very popular ultra runner who took his abilities to the trail. Scott ran his first 50 miler in his home state of Minnesota and has not stopped ever since, winning some of the biggest ultramarathon races. In 2015 Jurek set the fastest known time (FKT) for completing the Appalachian Trail.
Do you lose your mind during long ultra races?
You do, and in fact Jurek tries to lose his mind on purpose by relaxing and not thinking too much of the race. There are times when you gotta do the basics mental load, but for the rest of the time you have to find a way to get your mind off things.
When did ultra running turn into a feasible career?
Scott was in debt from ultra running for longer than he was making money. For a long time he would only getting some sponsorship money to cover his training expenses, but not actual paychecks. It's only started to change about 10 years into his running career.
Is there any drug testing in the ultra running sport ?
With the increase in popularity and potential prize money associated with ultrarunning, testing is now done more frequently. Ultrarunning is pretty pure as a sport, but some competitors do cut courses and cause issues. The culture of the community also doesn’t lend itself to this since so many ultra runners are friends.
Regarding marriage, what was the expectation for what this time on the trail would look like as Jenny followed along in a vehicle ?
There wasn't much space for alone time. Fans appeared on and around the trail and increasing crowds meant that Scott's adventure was a bit overwhelming for her. Scott and Jenny found energy through the fans, but Scott also needed space.
Scott went northbound on the trail instead of southbound, which is what the FKT is built for. In hindsight, would he have still gone backwards ?
Scott would have potentially switched his course, but did it for aesthetic reasons. The previous records were set going northbound, which was motivating for him. The weather was brutal, though.