For those of us who run, the activity is more than just a daily workout to burn calories or a chore, rather it becomes a lifestyle. We love and crave the feeling of pushing the hard ground away to propel ourselves forward as our muscles flex and burn. Running is all about proving how far we can go, how much pain we can push through, and overcoming self doubt.
At the end of all great runs we bask in the glorious runner’s high, feeling as though we have accomplished something great on an ordinary day. Even those who wake up at 5:00 am before work to grab 15 or so miles cannot and would not dream of attempting what Ultramarathon runner, Adam Kimble, plans to embark on this coming year.
On October 17th, 1980, Frank Giannino Jr. set the record for the fastest run across the United States, covering over 3,000 miles. Giannino ran from San Francisco, CA to New York, NY in 46 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes (Guinness World Records). Though there have been attempts since the record was set in 1980, it still holds thirty-six years later. This year Adam Kimble, A.K.A. “The Bearded Soul,” plans to run coast to coast in 45 days to snag the record for his own while raising awareness for Impossible2Possible. Of course, once we caught wind of this, we had to reach out. Adam graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions and to give us some insight into his thought process as he prepares for this trip of a lifetime.
46Climbs: What made you decide you wanted to go after this lofty goal? Can you tell us more about your cause?
Kimble: After I decided I was going to run across the US, I knew I wanted to go after the record. I come from a sports background as a college athlete, and I’ve always been a competitor. I really wanted to test the limits of what was possible for me, and hope to inspire others to push their boundaries and see what they are capable of in life. Our charitable partner, impossible2Possible, shares that mentality. They are using adventure to educate, inspire and empower the youth of the world to see past their limitations and achieve what others might see as impossible.
46Climbs: Obviously you’ll be burning an enormous amount of calories. How are you planning to replace them?
Kimble: Eating, eating and…eating some more! In addition to eating regular meals, I’m planning to consume calories every hour of running through various snack foods. I know it won’t always be easy, but my body will definitely thank me in the later stages of our transcontinental crossing.
46Climbs: What is your favorite food to eat while running? (Be careful of this one because you might see a lot of people showing up with it).
Kimble: Clif bars. I love the different flavors and they go down easily even when I’m on the move!
46Climbs: You will be doing something few people have attempted, what are you most looking forward to on your journey?
Kimble: I’m looking forward to experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime event with my wife and some really close friends. There’s no doubt this will take a mental and physical toll on every one of us, but the memories of the experience will stick with us forever. In addition to that, I can’t wait to see the United States in a whole new light.
46Climbs: What do you think will be your biggest challenge during the event?
Kimble: Establishing a routine. My goal early on in the run is to replicate our day-by-day activities as much as possible so we start to function without even thinking about what we’re doing. If the whole crew can train our bodies to adapt to what we’re telling them to do, I think we will have a good shot at the record.
46Climbs: Here at 46Climbs we encourage individuals to push their limits and exceed their expectations by hiking/climbing mountains, do you have any advice to our participants as they gear up for this year’s national event?
Kimble: Set your sights high and don’t let the voice inside your head (or any other voice for that matter) tell you that it can’t be done! The possibilities are endless when you work hard and have faith.
46Climbs: You’re known as the “Bearded Soul”, do you have any advice for those who aspire to one day grow a beard such as yours?
Kimble: Stay committed! You might have an itchy face at some point and maybe it won’t look quite how you want it to right away, but give it time and you will see the results 🙂
46Climbs: Is there any extra support you need and how might someone be of help to you and your support crew?
Kimble: You can support us in spirit with prayers and words of support on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AdamKimbleUltrarunner), on the road by coming out to see us or run with us (track our location at adamkimble.com) and financially by donating to i2P (https://www.firstgiving.com/Page/3159663/Donation)!
For those who want to know more of what it takes to take on the transcontinental run and what Adam will be experiencing along his journey, we recommend you check out the book “Running On Empty,” by Marshall Ulrich. In this book, Ulrich gives a first hand account of his 52 day run across America.