When he feared he might be locked out of competition on his college track team for a year, YouTuber Zach Levet decided to step up his training. His goal is to run more than 10 miles per day and an average of 70 miles per week for 14 weeks. Eventually he hit 1,000 miles; or as he puts it, the equivalent of the distance from Portland, Oregon to San Diego, California.
Over the course of the challenge, he lost 2 pounds and dropped to 4.8 percent body fat, but since he was already a seasoned runner, there wasn’t a drastic physical change. However, he noticed some results in his performance.
“Somewhat surprisingly, my body hasn’t changed much, it stayed the same, but the biggest changes were cardiovascular,” he says. “My best 5k time is 3:38 … when I ran a 10k time I ran 32:01, which basically just doubles my time. If you do a direct conversion, you won’t to do.” I was a bit shocked by this result, and obviously there is no clear translation from mileage to time, but it shows that if you put in the time and effort, you get what you invest. “
Equally significant were the mental changes that occurred during the challenge.
“Running allows me to take a step back and enjoy the world around me,” he says, “and when your life is so hectic, which college is doing and doing to many people, I’ve somehow gotten involved in my life. ” and I need moments to step back and I wouldn’t have these without running … if you run 8 to 10 hours a week you have a lot of time for yourself to think and let your mind wander and that is very special and it has changed the way I see the world and value my life. There is so much value in all of these miles. “
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“When it got difficult, I just let go,” he continues. “I surrendered to the pain and experienced the moment. I didn’t think about how much it hurts, I didn’t think about slowing down the pace, I just surrendered and then continued to prevail. This worked in Broadcast races and the way I live my life. ”
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