Race Schedule and Results

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Questions for Tom

Hey all - many of you have said that you'd like a guest blog from Tom about Run Across America (how are you not sick of hearing about this from me yet??? :)  You are all too kind).  And I kind of nominated him to do that and then told him the format last night - questions from my readers that YOU would like to know.  I warned him that some might include questions about bodily functions while on the run (yes, Jason, I have yours saved), but list your questions here and we'll get Tom answering them!  He'll answer anything (yikes, are we opening up a can of worms with that one???) - training, race logistics, diabetes questions, nutrition, why's, how's, etc. - the sky's the limit.

I'm not sure how long it will take for the guest blog to be written - guess that depends on the number of questions.

So, 10 runners, 3000 miles, 1 goal - what do you want to know??? 



TriMOEngr said...

Given I asked about an hour's worth of questions already, I don't have as many. But I thoroughly enjoyed some of the anecdotes they shared that night - the stories that they will laugh amongst themselves about for many years to come. I'd like to hear more of those.

Oh - and did he enjoy all of that big ass turkey we saw? :)

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Tom - did any nagging injuries/aches occur to you or the guys?

Do you feel that the 300mi put on your legs in such a short period have helped or hurt your current aerobic base?

How bad did the camper smell towards the end of the trip?


Did you happen to see Forrest Gump during any point in the trip?

How many times during the trip did you say "What the heck am I doing?"

Was there any point that anyone couldn't pull their share and went short or didn't go at all?

Any blisters?

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Here are a few...

How many calories do you think you took in each day?

If given the chance would you have turned around and ran the 3000 miles back with this group?

Was this harder or an Ironman?

Awesome job to you all!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Why were there so many pictures on FB of you guys getting towed out of ditches? Who was in charge of driving?!?

What was your favorite stage of the run (if it is even possible to pick just one)?

Building on OneHourIronman's question, how many times did you hear "Run Forrest Run!"?

Pschall said...

How did you stay tough mentally? Is that a weird question...coming from an endurance athlete? What did you do across the miles to endure and push through...when it hurt like hell?

adena said...

How many times did you think "am I crazy, what the heck was I thinking?"

Also, not related to the race but I'd like to hear more about diabetes and nutrition re training if he has any extra time. Diabetes runs in my family but so far I've steered clear but would like to hear more about it, you never know what could be adapted in a preventative measure.

MissFancyPants said...

What was the most rewarding part of the experience?
What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome? Follow up with...how did you overcome that challenge?

Heather-O said...

Here are a few...

How does one train for a run across America?

Was there ever a time you felt you just could not run any further? If so, how did you overcome this?

What did you enjoy the most about this journey?

What did you miss the most while you were gone?

Alisa said...

Yay, I'm excited for the guest post. Thank Tom in advance for putting up with our questions =).

1. How many total miles did you personally run?

2. Did you get blisters or any other feet issues?

3. Did everyone get along the entire time?

4. How many months did you and the team have to plan logistics, etc?

5. Since you have to be careful about what you eat and maintaining your blood sugar, etc, was it difficult to manage nutrition for an event of this caliber?

Okay, I'll stop there as I'm sure others will tap into other questions I have.

Kim said...

Hi Tom! i dont know if us blog readers know your story about diabetes - when were you diagnosed, how have you dealt with it, etc. how did you deal with it with the run across america?

how did you deal with not getting any ass while you were away?

how will riding be in atlanta? will you be able to safely bike from your house, or will you have to carry a gun?

Carole Sharpless said...

I obsess over only 1 thing: food. I want to know what he ate, most consistently, and how this diet/craving changed over the course of the weeks.

(And BTW, Tom you are a STUD!)

Kristin Deaton said...

Carol Totally stole mine.

HEY TOM: What was you favorite meal you ate out there?

Anne-Marie said...

I can completely empathize. Sometimes a solitary run splashing through puddles is exactly what you need!

George said...

Similar to what MissFancyPants (nice name!) asked: what was the low point? And what made it low? That is, what factor--weather, accumulated running fatigue, lack of sleep, being away from the family, hanging out with the same group of dudes for several days, monotonous food--ended up wearing on you the most and thereby making for a difficult stretch along the way? Did you foresee this as an issue?

I suppose that I'm kinda morbid; I want to know about the dark patches. :-)