“This isn’t a fun movie, this isn’t a happy movie, this isn’t a positive movie,” he says shortly after introducing the audience to his cracking knee. “This is a story I never ever wanted to tell.”
The popular videographer – he has 7.8 million subscribers on YouTube – is an avid runner, a passion he says he’s addicted to. “I focus on the things in life that I can let myself become addicted to and those are family, work and running. I run almost every single day. If I had more time, I would run more.”
Neistat, who resides in New York City, posted the video entitled “finding out I can never run again” on Thursday. The seven-minute video is ninth-ranked on YouTube’s trending list as of writing with more than two million views.
“I’m injured,” he says. “Something is wrong with my leg and there’s definitely a chance that I will never been able to run [again].” Still, he was able to get in his run on Thursday.
He says he broke his leg in 27 places a decade ago and “had no business” of ever running again. In the face of that, he’s run 24 marathons in addition to a lengthy list of other endurance achievements. He adds that the one thing he cannot live without is running.
The video chronicles his passion for running as well as his current injury, which he is attending to by visiting a radiologist in Manhattan. Expect a part two of the video to find out the results of Neistat’s visit to a specialist.
“Your desire to find out the conclusion of this story is nothing compared to my desire to find out the conclusion of this story,” he says.