Jeff Shuron Gravitates Toward Unconventional Challenges

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My guest and I first connected through a mutual Facebook running group.

I look forward to hearing more about him and his running journey today.

Let’s start this conversation as I go a few easy miles with Jeff Shuron!

Jeff Shuron

Go All In Mentality

Jeff Shuron ran both track and cross country while in high school.

He primarily ran the 800m race and disliked any distance beyond that.

After high school, Jeff didn’t run again until 2017.

What would eventually become running, started as a step challenge for work.

Jeff needed new sneakers for the challenge which landed him in a running store.

While in the store, he came across a flyer advertising a training program for a half marathon and marathon.

Jeff has a “go all in” mentality and wasted no time signing up for the half marathon program.

He completed all the training and finished his first half-marathon that fall.

Non-Traditional Races

Jeff has found that he prefers races that don’t follow the traditional race format.

Some of his favorite races are the Dopey Challenge and the Goggins 4x4x48.

He ran Dopey in January 2020 with a group of friends.

Jeff found that the lack of sleep is often the hardest part of any challenges that he has attempted.

The Yeti 48-hour challenge was the most difficult in terms of managing his lack of sleep.

As Jeff gains experience in these events, he also gains knowledge of how to best approach the challenge.

Jeff Shuron

Mileage Goals

Jeff is motivated by setting mileage goals.

For the last four years, he has been a part of a FB group where members attempt to run over 1,000 miles per year.

Jeff typically runs over 1,000 miles per year, so one year he decided to challenge himself.

He set a goal to run 2,000 miles for the year.

While he was able to achieve his goal, it proved to be especially challenging.

Jeff has found that his body is resilient given all the miles he has amassed.

The most weekly mileage he has ever done was 115 without experiencing any negative impacts the following week.

Jeff has numerous races on the schedule for the fall and hopes to eventually run a Boston Qualifier in the next few years.

Jeff Shuron

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