Track and Field...and Joggling!

A world record joggler!

Running into your feed today is Zach Prescott, a Boston University business student, where he is on the track and field team! You might recognize him from Sports Illustrated because he BROKE THE WORLD RECORD this year for running a mile while juggling (aka “joggling”)!! He ran a 4:43.2 mile while juggling and broke a 32-year old record!

I asked him some questions after he broke the record, and here’s what he had to say:

“I’ve been a competitive runner for 6 years. I actually got into running when I was cut from my high school soccer team freshman year, and now I run D1 for Boston University so I guess everything works out eventually! I race long distance which means my races can be anything from the 5K to 10K.

Some of the most important things for people who are just starting to run is to always set goals and to remember that you are competing against yourself. It is important to set both short term and long term goals, and make these goals realistic. I am never going to be faster than guys like Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, but I CAN be faster than I was a month ago if I work at it! Because running is so qualitative, it’s super easy to measure yourself.

My workout regimen often changes each season, but generally includes 70-85 miles per week in which I will run 1-2 faster paced track workouts, 1-2 long runs, 3 regular runs, and one easy day. In the summer, I do greater mileage, running twice a day sometimes and averaging over 12 miles a day!

My favorite food pre-race is a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole grain bread! This is great if you’re going to put in a lot of hard sustained work, like running real far real fast.

I have been into joggling for about a year now, and just thought it would be fun to try to break the record! All my friends were there to watch and it was definitely really exciting when I broke it. It’s all about focus and rhythm.”