Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn’t sure he can accomplish. It can be running a mile, or a 10K race, or 100 miles. It can be changing a career, losing 5 pounds, or telling someone you love her (or him).
— Scott Jurek, Eat And Run

Leo gets loose on a pre-race run with his coach.

Two weeks ago, DeepFit athlete Leo Lesperance did something amazing. He completed his first 50-mile ultramarathon.

Even more amazing, he says it wasn't that bad.

I sat down with Leo last Friday. He was almost fully recovered from the 10-hour race in Arizona, with the only significant complaint being some hot spots on his feet. He felt that next time, he'll be able to run it even faster. Judging by Leo's recent DeepFit data and overall emotional state, I agreed!

So, what are the secrets to reaching this important milestone? Preparation and teamwork.

"I had an experienced team behind me," Leo reported. "They told me to be prepared for the fact that over the course of 50 miles, I will hit at least one major low point. Something will go wrong."

Leo's team was an on-site group of other ultramarathoners and athletes, including the coach who has been with him since he began training for this sport a year ago.

DeepFit was there, too, at least in a virtual sense. Leo has been tracking his cognitive-emotional status with our platform for over 100 days. In that process, he's built a stronger body-mind connection and a larger set of inner strength "tools" to utilize during training sessions and races.

 Shot of the slot canyons on the race course. 

Shot of the slot canyons on the race course. 

One thing Leo realized on the emotional front was that in his case, anxiety was not a bad thing. As the pre-race nerves kept growing, Leo was able to use this status mostly for focus and activation, rather than stress. Sleep was still a challenge during the last few days, but it didn't get the best of him.

Past mile 35 in the race, when cognitive reserves were running low, Leo still found the ability to self-motivate and psych up. This is a very advanced skill, and I think I speak for the entire DeepFit team when I say we're extra proud of Leo for those last 15 miles!

 Yeah!

Yeah!

Leo's mile pace during the last stretch of the race got as fast as 8:30. This is incredible speed for an ultrarunner's first ever 50-miler. Way to dig!

-Dan

P.S. - Do you have some athletic or fitness goals right now? Let DeepFit help you with the "other" 50%, your inner game!

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