Now that the tour is over, was it what you expected?
-The tour was so much more than we expected. We knew going in that we were going to have a great summer and meet lots of great people, and we did, but we had no idea how inspiring the whole thing would be. It seemed that each and every one of the participants had an incredible story and an incredible journey. We ran a lot of miles, and shared lots of hugs and tears. The tour blew all of our expectations out of the water in every regard.
What was the best story you heard from all of the Do Lifers you met?
-It's so hard to pick just one, but I immediately think of a man from Minneapolis who brought his daughter to the 5K. Her name was Grace and she had Down Syndrome. She was just an infant but had already had numerous surgeries to repair her heart. Her father, who was overweight, had decided to start running after realizing that he was taking his healthy heart for granted. It was an emotional thing to hear of his journey back to health in an effort to be there for his daughter.
How did your body hold up — did you experience any injury or fatigue?
-No injuries, but definitely some fatigue. Every day we felt completely exhausted, but then as soon as the first person showed up, we were overcome with loads of energy. We would be on a high throughout the events, then as soon as the last person left, we crashed. It was definitely a learning experience as far as touring goes—we for sure won't be Ironman training during our next tour.
What were some of the key things you learned from doing something so grassroots and rather adventurous?
-The biggest thing we learned is that, all across the country, people are incredible and extremely welcoming and hospitable. We were on the road for 40 days and only stayed in two hotels. Other than that, people opened their homes to us and, in many cases, made us a nice homemade breakfast before sending us off on the road. We connected with literally thousands of people who were just as excited for this movement as we are; that was very touching and it lets us know that people genuinely care.
Favorite city you visited?
-There's no way to answer this. Each and every city was so special in its own way. We ran on the mall in DC, we stormed Olympic Village in Atlanta, we ran in the 115-degree heat in Arizona, we saw the beautiful mountains of the Pacific Northwest—it was all super cool, but the people were what made it so special. We have a special bond with every person (and dog) that came out; that's what we're going to remember.
What’s next for you and the Do Life Movement?
-We have some super exciting plans for the upcoming year and we'll be sharing that within the week. We're super stoked about it and can't wait to reveal it all.