Run Across America? … This is even bigger and bolder!
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? What is your BIG goal? I asked myself that a year ago. My answer? To run across America and give a keynote speech each day – Done! They said I couldn’t do it and I did! I am now asking myself that same question again. What is bigger than running across America? Keep reading …
What would you do if anything were possible? It is only impossible until the first person does it. It’s a good thing that some people don’t believe the naysayers and the dream killers. What if the Wright brothers said, “they are laughing at us and the critics are right. We’ll never get this machine to fly”? Or if Edison gave up on making an electric light? Or if Kathrine Switzer decided not to be the first woman to run a marathon?
“It’s fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney
There will always be critics. A woman’s uterus doesn’t fall out in a marathon as doctors believed back then – yes, 1967. A machine taking flight into the air wasn’t against the laws of physics, and an incandescent light bulb was not too dangerous to be used in every house in America.
In nine months I went from a casual runner to a 2011 run across America averaging a marathon a day for 100 consecutive days and gave a keynote speech to at risk groups each day. They said it wasn’t possible. Now it is time to do something even bigger!
As I got close to New York and the finish line, I started asking myself, “What’s next?” After all, what do you do next when you have completed the most difficult run in the world? My answer? To beat the record in the hardest race in the world!
In 2012 I will run across America to beat the Guinness world record!
The world record was set in 1980 by Frank Giannino on his second attempt. At 28 years old, Frank ran from City Hall in San Francisco to City Hall in New York City in 46 days 8 hours. He averaged 66.9 miles per day. Many have tried to beat the record in the past 3 decades, but nobody has succeed … yet!
For months after I finished my run across America, my answer to what is next scared me too much to commit to my dream. It scared me too much to even ask my friends, what do you think? It scared me because I knew that once I committed, nothing would stop me doing it.
My outcome will be a 3,068 mile record setting run from San Francisco to New York City. The same route as the current record. I am starting 6 months from today on April 25. Ironically, my finish date will be the same as my last run across America on June 5th.
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FACTS: RUN ACROSS AMERICA 2012
Depart: April 25, 2012 Wednesday
Finish: June 5, 2012 Tuesday
42 days 12 hours – Target duration
San Francisco City Hall to New York City Hall
3,068 miles estimated
72 miles per day target
5.25 miles per hour target
14 – 16 hours running per day target
46 days 8 hours 36 minutes by Frank Giannino
3,068 distance averaging 66.9 miles per day
Record set in 1980 on his second crossing
Croix Sather Run Across America past experience
2011 run across America
26.2 miles per day average (highest mileage day 34 miles)
2,621 miles total
San Diego to NYC
Gave a 90 minute keynote speech each day
Life Transformation and Peak Performance Expert, author, professional speaker, and global traveler. Croix is the Author of Dream Big Act Big, Dream Big Life Planner, Morning Manifestation, and the host of the Zen Warrior Podcast. He travels full time living the speaker and laptop lifestyle living part time in Costa Rica and wherever he feels like experiencing.