Tom Leddy is someone that I can learn quite a bit from in my pursuit of some of my bigger running (and non-running) goals.
Tom got into running in one of the most unique ways I’ve ever heard: to impress his boss!
Tom’s boss was a runner, and he was invited to join the boss for a few miles at lunchtime. Tom accepted, and it didn’t take long for him to feel worn out. But he stuck with it, and soon he was hooked.
Racing and Traveling
Tom has some big goals in terms of running and racing, including running a half in all 50 states and running a marathon on each continent.
So far, he’s 41 states down with 9 to go, and has run marathons in North America and Africa.
In all of his travels, he’s learned a few things about how to save money along the way. We spent a lot of time talking about some of his ninja hacks for saving money on travel (book your flights on Saturday nights, y’all!) if a racecation, or any trip, is coming up in your future.
2 Halfs, 2 States, 1 Day
I’ve run two half marathons on the same day twice before, but my races were located less than an hour apart.
Tom did it while also knocking off two different states!
The logistics sounded like a bit of a nightmare, but here is the synopsis:
- Fly to Vegas, check in to the hotel, get race bib
- Next day, fly to Texas and drive to New Mexico, pick up bib for that race
- Next day, run race, drive back to airport, fly back to Vegas
- Get to Vegas, drop bag at hotel, race to the starting line for 2nd race
Whew! There were definitely a few other bumps along the road, but in the end he did it: 2 halfs in 2 states on the same day.
Books for Runners
Tom has written four running books, and three of them are books that look at some of the different races that he’s run.
But instead of just writing a book about the races themselves, he also looks at things to do in the area in addition to running, great places to eat, and a whole lot of other suggestions for runners traveling for particular races.
Tom’s fourth book was actually co-written by his daughter, and is written as a book for parents looking to help encourage their kids to be active.
Since writing a book is in my future plans, I asked Tom for a few suggestions when it comes to writing and publishing a book sooner or later.
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