DETAILS: What inspired you to run?
Flea: The book Born to Run. I feel like if we're not running, we're basically disrespecting our bodies. When you're running you're really using your body for what it's meant to do. That coupled with "Oh, if I run a marathon I could raise money for my music school." I just fell in love with it. Everything about it, the meditative aspect, the pushing myself, the extremeness of it, feeling my body change in a way it had never done before. It's so easy to fall into a comfortable groove in life where you do the things that you like, and because of that, often times, we don't grow or change because we're not pushing ourselves.
Michael Weatherly: I started running around my 30th birthday. I wanted to lose weight; I didn't anticipate the serenity. Being in motion, suddenly my body was busy and so my head could work out some issues I had swept under a carpet of wine and cheese. Good therapy, that's a good run. And I like to sweat. It's better than being cold. I like hot countries. I like endorphins. But I don't want to jump out of a plane or take karate or mixed martial arts.
Wilmer Valderrama: It's truly the one time where I can finally be alone with my thoughts. I live such a hectic [life], sometimes it's hard to find yourself alone. Running is my way of gathering my thoughts and truly investing and finally doing something for me.
DETAILS: What's your routine?
Flea: Well, it depends, but when I'm on tour it's hard for me—you know, playing gigs is a very cardio-intense kind of workout, so I don't really run a lot on the road. It's hard to have time. But when I'm at home, I just run all the time, you know, I get up and I go pretty much four days a week outdoors. I go in the canyons around L.A., Malibu—just around L.A. there's a lot of different spots.
Michael Weatherly: It varies, but I try for three days a week. Occasionally, great swaths of time pass without a run. And I wonder why I am so anxious. Of course, injury, illness, or laziness sometimes intervenes. My legs have become accustomed to the treadmill. And in L.A., running on the street is asking for a distracted texting driver to knock you over. My big running discovery was around Stanley Park in Vancouver. Miss it. That's a six-mile loop. Now I smile when I get four miles done. Age is a beast.
Wilmer Valderrama: I do my best to run every other day and mix in mixed martial arts in between those days. Outdoors. I tour the concrete jungles and occasionally go on hikes.
Jason Bateman: [It's a] health/beauty maintenance (and that's a 10/90 ratio) of two to three miles at a time. It was outdoors for years, but I just got a treadmill so I'm at home now. There's better TV. And I go four to six miles on the treadmill.
DETAILS: Is there a particular shoe that you swear by?
Flea: I like to wear the Saucony Kinvara 2.
Michael Weatherly: I have Asics, New Balance, Saucony, Nike . . . awaiting endorsement. Hello?
Wilmer Valderrama: Nike Lunarglide.
Jason Bateman: Nikes.
DETAILS: Do you consume regular food and drink before and after running?
Flea: Water—a lot of water. Water is my main state, if I time before I run—like, to digest, like, a good hour and a half or so to digest, I'll eat oatmeal. but I'm a vegetarian for the most part, so in general I just eat grains and vegetables and fruit.
Michael Weatherly: Coffee. Water.
Wilmer Valderrama: I do oatmeal and a banana as soon as I wake up. I give myself about 20 mins, then I go on my run.
Jason Bateman: Coffee and poop before. Protein shake and a shower after.
DETAILS: Any ambitions to run a 10K or a marathon? If so, any particular one?
Michael Weatherly: I ran the L.A. marathon and really loved the experience. Communal and wild and a gigantic challenge. Finishing that marathon means I can do more than I think. I think.
Wilmer Valderrama: I have run a few 10Ks, and those are always fun when you run with your own group of friends.
Jason Bateman: 10Ks are for baby girls with too much sand in their vagina to run a marathon. (I haven't picked myself clean for some time now, last marathon was about six years ago—shhh.)
DETAILS: Favorite music to run to?
Flea: No music: The sound of nature. [Laughs] I listen to music so much, and it really demands my attention and my sense when I'm listening to it. It's not like a background thing for me, it really absorbs me, and running is also equally absorbing to my senses, so I feel like I need to be paying attention to my breath and my body—and I like being aware of what's going on around me.
Michael Weatherly: Right now, Fanfarlo, Gotye, Empire of the Sun, Field Music, Brett Dennen, and always the Police.
Wilmer Valderrama: The Linkin Park albums, and my last two miles the Rocky soundtrack. Yep, I said the Rocky soundtrack.
Jason Bateman: Wolf Blitzer.
Also on Details.com:
The New Rules of Running: Go Farther, Faster, Longer
The 10 Best Running Films of All Time
Meet Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (a.k.a. Game of Thrones' Jaime Lannister)
Where to Run When You're on the Road