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Here’s the Wild Idea

Running across the entire United States of America is no easy feat. How about doing and training while working a full-time job?!

Pete Kostelnick recently finished doing just that. Starting in San Francisco and finishing in New York, Pete logged about 72 miles a day on his feet running, with only one day off. It took him 42 days, six hours and 30 minutes for a total of 3,067 miles. They have been calling him the real Forrest Gump, and he’s just a financial analyst from Iowa who SHATTERED a GUINNESS RECORD.

I love Pete’s story because this running adventure, which he broke a record doing, wasn’t his full-time job. He isn’t a pro athlete making heaps of money off of running. He’s a full-time financial analyst who had a dream to do something wild and made it happen by getting up two hours earlier to run, and then running after work while watching TV (which he says he would have just done sitting otherwise) after work to train. When he finished his run that he did take a few weeks off work to do (he has a very nice boss), he went back to work.


Links Mentioned

Pete’s Feet Across America
Pete on Twitter
Pete on Instagram
Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America – Marshall Ulrich
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Paperback – Christopher McDougall
Running Man: A Memoir – Charlie Engle
Hoka One One Running Shoe
NY Times – How to Run Across the Country Faster Than Anyone

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