Not surprisingly, as people have found out about this event I’ve gotten a lot of questions, most of them pretty similar. So I thought I’d take the time to answer some of them here. Seeing as I still have a lot of planning to do, some of these answers may change but I’ll do my best to answer them for now.
Question: Are you running across America?
Answer: This is the one people always start with, and luckily it has the easiest answer. Yes, I am going to be running across America. Next question.
Q: How far is that/ How long will that take?
A: Well, it kinda depends on where you start and finish, but for me it’s gonna be about 3,150 miles which I’m going to run over 100 days.
Q: Do you really think you can run more than a marathon for 100 days?
A: Actually, yeah. Those of you who know me know I’m a pretty confident guy, maybe sometimes too confident, and that confidence hasn’t let me down on any of my endurance events yet so I don’t think it will this time either. Also, it’s pretty different from running a marathon in that for this I won’t be going all out. If I were to try to run this whole thing at my marathon pace, about 7:00 per mile, I’d make it through one day pretty quickly but after that things would go downhill quickly. But, if I do what I normally do for a 30+ mile training run and stick to about a 9:00 pace for my miles I should be ok. I usually recover from those training runs pretty quickly and I can always run fairly well the next day, so this seems within reach.
Q: How are you gonna train for that?
A: Run. A lot. I’ll throw in a bit of cross-training, but as much as I can I’ll just run. A lot.
Q: What are you gonna eat?
A: Honestly, this is about where we get past where I’ve reached so far in my planning. I know I’ll try to stick pretty close to my diet but there will definitely have to be some sacrifices on the road. More specifically, I’ll try to keep my pre-race breakfast of juice/Gatorade, a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter, and a banana. I’ll try to drink my favorite rehydration drink immediately after every run, pineapple blended into a smoothie with milk, no other ingredients. I like to eat a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar, almonds, raisins, and chia seeds every day so I’d like to keep that up. I’m also a big believer in chocolate milk, so that will be a staple too. Snacks will hopefully be fruit as much as possible, and also maybe trail mix or granola bars. And for any other meals I’m not too picky, I just like to have a whole grain starch (bread, pasta, brown rice), a protein (usually poultrIy or fish), and a vegetable. I don’t have too many rules, I just like to keep it simple so that’s what I’d like to do on the road.
Those are all the popular questions I have answers for at the moment, but I’ll be sure to answer any more as they come up!