Last year, a 32-year-old Seattle physical therapist named Scott Jurek pulled off a stunt that was, by conventional thinking, just this side of impossible. First, he won the Western States 100, the most prestigious and hotly contested ultramarathon in the world. Two weeks later, Jurek descended from the freezing mountains to Death Valley, one of the hottest places on the planet, and not only won the Badwater Ultra, but broke the record, racing 135 miles in just over 24 straight hours in temps that were north of 120°F.
Judging by Olympic marathoners, who take at least 4 months between races, or pro football players, who get a week's rest for 16 minutes of on-field time, there is no way Jurek's wasted muscles should have been able to rebuild that fast. But they did -- and without a speck of animal protein to help. Since he went vegan 8 years ago, Jurek has won Western States an astounding 7 years in a row.
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