He says of training for such a distance, “I run for about 1-2 hours in the evenings after work but Saturdays I’ll do a long run, anywhere from 30-50 miles. As far as eating on these longer runs, I eat small at first; nutrition bars, etc. But then as I continue, I need more calories. I’ll stop and eat something like pizza or a hamburger. I’ll even run and eat at the same time if need be.”
Zweig stays motivated through the grueling training by making little goals in order to achieve the bigger goal, explaining that this strategy is crucial to success. “I’ll look at a light pole and focus on it 'til I make it there. Then I’ll choose another object; a bush, or a sign and once I make it to that I set a new goal.”
Zweig emphasized another key to his success is having others support during the long hours of running. “About half way through, it gets pretty mental. You go through your ups and downs and can hit a runner’s wall. I like to run with people, my family and friends, and have them talk with me. It’s a roller coaster and they get me through it.”
Zweig says this time around he has spent ample time preparing himself mentally for this run, unlike he ever has before. He has spent more time preparing his body nutritionally as well. “Making sure you’re hydrated and ready to go is key.”
As crowds gather along the course to cheer Zweig on this Friday, one thing is certain: the children in their beds at CHOC Hospital will be rooting for him in spirit as he makes his way along the 200-mile course through Orange County.
Jesse says to any and all looking to take on a new challenge, “Don’t be afraid to push yourself. I’ve always been interested in seeing how far the body can be pushed. I think people have a lot of potential that we tend to not figure out as human beings.”
For further information and to see the work Zweig is doing, check out his website at www.acauseforendurance.com where you can read more and also donate to the cause.