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 1.5 miles   Everyday For28Years 

Zach and Kevin met at The University of South Carolina.Years later, in 2008, on a September Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C., they reunited. Kevin mentioned he recently saw an episode of the HBO series, "Hard Knocks", featuring Jim Garrett. JG had ran at least 1 mile everyday for 28 years. Inspired, Kevin was 5 days into his streak . Zach was not an avid runner; yet dually motivated, asked Kevin if he would like a partner in his peculiar pursuit.                               

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Monday
Sep112017

Kevin: Day 3283

 

Day 3283. Started the morning with a call to AAA, for an injured beast. Yes, our beloved 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 12 Passenger Cargo Van, had some mechanical issues. The towing company gave me a 45 minute or so window, which I used for a quick jaunt down towards the White House. 

I was exhausted this morning, after a long day with friends at FedEx Field, which culminated in an 0-1 start to the season, and a strong sun burn on my face, particularly on my temples. Strong burn. But, in a few days, it'll look great, right?

Nothing tremendous to report, but the legs and lungs do feel solid at the outset of year 10. That extra mile is so important. If you can just push yourself to go for another mile or another 10 minutes, it makes all the difference. A lot of times, after I have pushed for that extra mile, I find the flood gates open, and I go for several more. I yearned for a long run today, but... had to cut it short to meet the tow truck driver. 

If I had only known... the tow truck driver would arrive and say that the lift on his tow truck was malfunctioning. He said he would call in another driver. An hour later when I called AAA, they said a call to another driver had not been placed and they would reach out to another company. 4 hours later, the Beast was off to the shop. Fortunately, the initial diagnosis points to a minor injury, and the Beast may be back on the road as early as tomorrow afternoon! YESSSSS!

3.2 miles down

8 dogs. 

 

Wednesday
Sep062017

Kevin: Day 3278

 

Day 3278. That's 9 years, folks. 19 to go. The year 2036 seems infinitely closer and more attainable than it did 9 years ago, not that I have ever had any major doubts throughout the streak. Though I have more doubts today, than I did on Day 1. 

I'm getting older. My body doesn't recover the same way it did in 2008. I have long stretches where I just get in the minimum 1.5 miles. And then, something will change and I'll be back to 5-10 miles a day averages. It's astonishing, the difference in my overall well being when I am on a good stretch of long runs vs short ones. It's like night and day. 

The streak has become very routine. Whereas once it was a focul point of my life, now it's just a small blip on the radar screen. I didn't even recall at the outset of today's run that it was my streak anniversary. But once I did, it brought a smile to my face. Milestones are great for perspective. 

11.9 miles

17 dogs

Wednesday
Feb012017

Kevin: Day 3061

Day 3061. When you run everyday little tasks are occasionally woven in. A stop at an ATM, dropping a letter off in a US Mail Box, returning a friend's cookware, and often a quick pop-in to the local grocery store. Today, the last little task, was on the agenda. We needed milk. It's funny when you grab a gallon of milk, continue your run with said milk in-hand, and then literally run into a friend or acquaintance. That seems to usually happen. You look weird, but is it really that weird? 

I enjoy bumping into friends on my runs, and it happens very often. Yesterday morning I ran into my wife's co-worker. Sunday I ran into a friend who had just returned from his first swim lesson with his newborn. Today, I ran into two people, one of which was a friend who lived in the same apartment complex as me in 2005, in Florence, Italy. 

Great way to get the day going. 

As I side note, I saw 2 hawks today at different locations on my run. I also saw one last Thursday outside my house. This is unusual inside of the city in Washington, DC. I feel as if there might be some secret rat animal control program that is releasing hawks in DC....

5.9 miles down

6 dogs

 

Tuesday
Jan312017

Kevin: Day 3060

Day 3060. Super exhausted. And it's only 9:45pm. The decent distance streak continues. My legs are incredibly tight and sore, especially at the end of the day. It's not unbearable, but a massage would be remarkable right now. 

Ran to The Washington Monument yesterday and around 14th Street and Dupont this morning. the business is evolving. We're growing in knowledge and presence. Tonight was potentially a big night. We've yet to bring on any spirits. We were sent and tasted a craft bourbon out of Kentucky, this evening. It's very nice. Nicole is thrilled. I have a good feeling about it too. Time will tell. 

3.8 miles down

8 dogs

Monday
Jan232017

Kevin: Day 3052

Day 3052. Where do I begin? That was the most captivating, raucous, tension-filled weekend I have experienced in my life. There have been moments and events in my past that were enormous in their effect on society, like 9/11; but the largest of these moments have been unifying. I hope when all is said and done, this election, these tensions, this animosity turns into understanding. 

This isn't just about the election. I think that is where people go off on the deep end a bit. This is about women in society in general. Women are underpaid. Women are under appreciated. Women are desperately seeking out equality. If this was just about the election, and everything else was fine; there would not have been 500,000 people marching on our National Mall. This was the tipping point.

Let's look at the positive here. Women aren't afraid to stand up. And I know that sounds simple and naive on the initial read. However, when you dig deeper into that sentiment, you realize; in the past 30 years and well before that, women have been fearful to speak up. Women are still scared to voice their real concerns for unprovoked mistreatment that they experience in our country every single day. Because more often than the majority of us men fully realize, when women do stand up, their real issues and words fall on deaf ears. The people they are voicing their concerns to either don't care, are scared to act, or will find a way to punish them for standing up. It's not always easy to provide literal proof of mistreatment. Even incredibly wrong and immoral actions can be nearly impossible to prove. 

Throughout the course of my life, being a feminist, has been frowned upon. Largely in part because the individuals controlling our country, our businesses, our society, have been males that don't get it. 

And I would be lying if I said I always get it. I don't. I'm a man. I don't face the same struggles that women do. But, that doesn't give me a free pass. It just makes me ignorant. It makes me apathetic. It makes me ashamed of myself. When I say I believe that women deserve to be treated equally to men in every way possible, I mean it. But that meaning loses it's value when I know that discrimination exists, yet I stand on the sidelines twiddling my thumbs. 

So thank you to all of the women out there, for kicking me in my ass. I feel terrible. And I deserve to, until I join with you in a tangible way. 

6.2 miles down

2 dogs

Wednesday
Jan182017

Kevin: Day 3047

Day 3047. Hit a bit of a wall today. Started last night and continued on this morning. It happens. The question once it hits, is how you deal with it. If you're tired, you're tired. And you need to find a way to get rest. But that doesn't mean you just shut everything down. It's a delicate balance. 

This city has hit a wall too. I have no idea what to expect over the next days, weeks, and months as our new President enters office. I just pray that violence doesn't occur. And I am extremely worried, that my prayers are not going to be answered. It's frightening. If you're reading this, please say some prayers too. 

I ran to the National Mall today and took a picture of the set up at the Lincoln Memorial for Friday's inauguration. It is so strange. This entire city is pissed off. Well, we have had it, and will continue to have it pretty good around these parts. Hoping that the incoming president's disgusting remarks dissipate, which doesn't seem likely... and that he figures out a way to help the Americans who need help the most; which... believe it or not, I'm optimistic about. 

Time is ticking and time will tell. 

6.4 miles booked

8 dogs

Monday
Jan162017

Kevin: Day 3045


Day 3045. It's one of those days. You go to get a copy of a key at the hardware store, which usually takes 2 minutes; and it takes 20. You go to the coffee shop to get some work done, and there are no seats. I woke up early and have been moving and working all day, but little inconveniences here and there have seriously up-ended my productivity. It's days like today when you need perspective. 

Being MLK Day, I elected to take this mornings run down to the MLK Memorial. As I approached there was a family of four taking photos. They didn't ask anyone for help, so each photo represented a family of 3. I snapped a photo for them and continued towards the memorial. We talk about race and divisiveness in this country ad nauseam, yet only the bad. It's not a sensational enough news story that as a whole, race relations and equality are better today than they were 10 years ago. And 10 years from now they will be even better. 

What do you think was worse? The race riots in DC in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Or, the riots in Baltimore last year? The riots in 1968 were the largest occupation in any US city since the Civil War, and probably since. As bad as Baltimore and a few other cities were last year, they were nothing like 1968. And the worst that is to come, the absolute worst that could potentially come, will pale in comparison to 1968. Because our society as a whole has continued to evolve. They may be loud and receive more publicity than the rest of us, but the numbers of those on the wrong side of morality are shrinking year by year.

Let's not allow the loud beligerent voices of a fraction our society, cloud our perception of reality. Let's celebrate today. Let's take some time to reflect and thank one of the amazing men who is responsible for the seismic shift in our countries race relations evolution over the past century. MLK has many memorable quotes. One I saw at his memorial today stuck with me. 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." MLK 1963

6.9 miles down

11 dogs

 

Friday
Jan132017

Kevin: Day 3042

Day 3042. On a hot streak as of late. Making pretty much 4 mile minimums, averaging around 6-7 mile runs for the past few weeks. Such a change. There are weeks or months where I will go for prolonged streaks of just running the minimum 1.5-2 miles everyday. In general, I feel overwhelmingly downtrodden and funky during these periods. It's certainly a combination of the positive or negative psychological aspect that accompanies either accomplishing good distance, or failing to. Further influenced by the natural endorphins and other physical health benefits that either are aided or diminished based upon the length of runs. 

People say I'm crazy. It's not natural to run everyday. Well, I've been doing it for 8 years so far, without missing a day. And, you know, it seems to be working. Without the streak I would certainly be worse off than I am now. Yes, there is a possibility that down the road, some type of arthritis/wear & tear issues will occur. But, maybe they won't? And even if they do, isn't that normal? Don't people's bodies break down at some point regardless?

I think the perception that it's crazy to run everyday is out there, largely in part because it is not the norm. But, when has normal not changed? At some point, most all normalcies, disappear. Maybe streak running isn't physically possible for everyone. It might not be in your genetic makeup. But, I think there are really a lot of people out there who could benefit from it. 

I don't think about whether or not I am going to go on a run on a specific day. I have to. I can't break the streak. Even other people agree with me now. How ridiculous would it be to just say, "ehhh, I don't feel like it today." After I've overcome that for over 3,000 days. There are a lot of days that I feel like crap, I'm sick, hurt, just don't want to go on a run. But that is where the beauty of the streak lies. I don't have a choice. I have to run. 

6.3 miles down

13 dogs