My 185th Marathon: Jeff Horowitz’s Personal Story
Jeff Horowitz has ran 184 marathons in his life (yes, you read that right) and is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. This U Street personal trainer has ran a marathon in every US state, plus one in every continent except South America (yes, even Antarctica.) He describes his love for running as “not obsessed, just enthusiastic” and credits his marathon hobby as the reason he’s been able to see so much of the world.
Plans for marathon #185, the 2017 London Marathon on April 23rd are already in the works. Though this one feels a little different for Jeff, who says this one will be much more than just another 26 mile run.
Jeff lost his dad to a heart attack in 1989, shortly after he was diagnosed with terminal lymphoma. It became important for him to find a way to combine his passion for running with honoring his late father and he began seeking out charities that combat blood cancer. He found and registered for the upcoming London Marathon as a member of the Anthony Nolan Fund charity team, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of people living with blood cancer. When he runs on April 23rd, he’ll be running in memory of his father.
“This race feels totally different, because it’s not just about me running a bunch of miles and patting myself on the back. I’m running for a greater cause that gives meaning to those 26 miles,” says Jeff.
Jeff’s fundraising page can be found here, and he’d love to get as many supporters as possible to help him reach (or better, pass!) his $2,500 fundraising goal.
“I like to view my running this marathon as a catalyst to do some good in the world, and I’m proud to be running in honor of my father. The more people we can get involved, the better!” he says.
So how exactly does Jeff manage to run roughly seven marathons a year without his body falling apart?
He credits his vast knowledge of running mechanics (he’s written three books, with a 4th on the way, on running and endurance training and works as a triathlon coach,) along with taking care of and listening to his body to keep him in top running shape.
His philosophy when it comes to training is, ‘we do the work in here (the gym,) so we can be prepared for adventures out there.’ That means lots of muscle recovery time, stretching, foam rolling, and strengthening exercises to prepare for whatever race is coming next. He emphasizes that sometimes we have to be smarter than we are brave, and listen to what our bodies are telling us in terms of recovery.
If you’re interested in improving your running form, email Jeff at Jeffrey.Horowitz@msn.com to schedule a training session. He loves teaching new or seasoned runners how to adopt a more healthful and sustainable mode of training for a lifetime of injury-free running and racing, and encouraging beginning runners to sign up for their first races.
“I’m a big believer in doing things that you’re not sure you can. I think it’s good to scare yourself sometimes,” says Jeff.
To learn more about Jeff’s training and triathlon coaching programs, you can visit his website at www.runhorowitz.com.