Eat and Run by Scott Jurek

‘Eat & Run — My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness’

My name is Andrew Kopatich, and I am the Knox County Public Library Board’s attorney.

I have now held that position for approxi-

mately five years. My column this month will be about how borrowing books at the library has led me to new endeavors.

Throughout the course of my career, I was not reading for pleasure anymore and I missed that. In the beginning of 2020, I set a goal to read six books per year because with an extremely busy schedule it felt very good to sit down and just read a book. I am also an avid runner. I put the two together and began reading books about ultra running, which at first sounded insane to me. An ultramarathon is any length of race longer than a traditional marathon. The books I found at the library were amazing. It opened up a whole new world of running I did not know existed. The training has been exhausting but worthwhile. With the help of my loving wife, I am competing in my first ultramarathon in November of this year. I have signed up for a 50 mile race in southern Illinois. I will keep you posted on how it goes.

The following is a brief list of books and a DVD on running, walking and fitness available at the Knox County Public Library:

“Fitness Running” by Richard Brown — call number 796.42BR

“Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss and Fitness” by Mark Fenton — call number 613.717

“Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness” by Scott Jurek — call number 796.424 JU

“Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving and Not Lose Your Job, Family or Sanity” by Dimity McDowell — call number 796.42MC

“Yoga for Runners” on DVD

Who knew what the library can lead you to! Get your library card and use it!

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