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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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Saturday
Dec312016

Kevin: Day 3029

Day 3029. Getting ready to head over to our friends house for an early New Year's get together. I thought we were going to be home by 10, and maybe we'll be close. But, I was informed about 2 hours ago that we had dinner reservations after going to our friend's house. Hmmm.... Imagine. Imagine if I had been the one to disclose such a last second update to our plans. I'm sure it would have gone as smooth as my response, which was, "Ok."

Sure it would...

Anyhow, good little run today. And I needed it. Took the standard route down 14th Street, to the National Mall, to the Lincoln Memorial, winked at Abe and headed home. Afterwards headed over to our storage space to do some inventory. We have a lot of wine to sell. But, at least it is good wine. Everyone we've tasted on it has been a fan. 

Hope the one person reading this in India has a fantastic New Year and all good things coming in 2017. 

Cheers!

6.2 miles down

11 dogs

Thursday
Dec292016

Kevin: Day 3027

 

Day 3027. It is a wild world running a small business. One day your on top of the world, and the next day you are searching for answers. And those answers, need to come quick! There's such a difference in my internal musings about when a task needs to get done. I don't have the luxury of just focusing on sales. I pray that in 2,3, or 4 years; we will have built the company up to a place where we have the right people, in the right places, to tackle and work on specific aspects of the business that they are wired for. 

It would be nice to have an assistant. It would be nice to have a scheduler. It would be nice to have a driver, and a sales rep, and.... you get the point. 

But, this is how it goes. And as frustrating as the little things can be, the big picture is the most beautiful vision I have ever seen. Everyday is another opportunity to grow something with my wife that is ours. It is incredibly challenging and at times frightening to the core. But what is more stimulating than that? I am so thankful to have a partner that not only understands, but that constantly strategizes and thinks of what we should be doing. Nicole is a wonderwoman. She's the best thing that has ever happened to me. 

As for running, we were both exhausted today. So, I am working from behind. But, the run will occur soon. The streak is alive. And, not sure if I have mentioned this yet, but there is another streaker in the mix! Yes, you heard that right. A good friend of mine, Will, has been streaking for over a month, maybe even two months now. Hopefully we'll get him to post some entries. 

3.6 miles down

5 dogs

Streak on!!

 

Thursday
Dec222016

Kevin: Day 3020

Day 3020. It's been a busy, exciting, scary, eye-opening, fun-filled few months. This is my first post as a married man. To clariy, the scary part is related to business, not marriage! And yes, the streak is alive and well. I really have a lot to owe to the streak and am so glad that over 8 years ago, I decided to set out on this path. Less than 20 years to go!!!!

There have been many mileage ups and downs over the past month or so. But, I'm trying to keep runs when I can to at least over 3 miles. There is a clear connection to my overall mental well-being and happiness and the average distances I run. Typically, when I'm in a funk, I'm not getting in good runs. If I can just will myself over a few weeks to pick up the mileage, slowly, and sometimes instantly, I'm pulled back into a good place. 

Today I ran to my go to spot, the Lincoln Memorial. There were a lot of people out there taking photos per usual. One family of 4 or 5 kids posed on the front steps with their two yellow labs, one adult, one puppy. They will certainly look cute in the photo. But there was this sense about the whole crew as I jogged by that they knew how adorable there photos were going to be. 

Yesterday, Nicole and I made our first appearance together on TV, ABC7's Good Morning Washington, promoting our new distribution company, Rapp Distributing Company. We've received pretty good feedback from the segment so far. It is a grind right now, no doubt about that. But it has been the most fulfilling work experience, from Day 1, of my life. 

That's it for now. Streak on!

6.3 miles down

9 dogs

Friday
Aug262016

Kevin: Day 2902

Day 2902. Great week. Think there wasn't a day with less than 4 miles booked. Wonderful morning weather, gorgeous sunrises on The National Mall. When it's good, it's good. We're 7 days away from marriage, and more importantly 10 days from completing year 8 of the streak. Yes, that was sarcastic. Marriage trumps streak, every day of the week. I am beyond stoked about both. 

Took this one down to the Lincoln Memorial. My head is spinning right now with so many projects going on, I can't think of anything to write about. There's a pre-season Redskins game tonight, week 3. I am DVR'ing it. 

Here's to hoping I have less writer's block and more interesting things to relay to you tomorrow. 

6.3 miles down

7 dogs

Wednesday
Aug242016

Kevin: Day 2900

 

Day 2900. Couldn't sleep. There's a lot on the mind. The particular thing that is on my mind, is not suitable to be published for all to see on the world wide, at this date. I woke up, wide awake, from a dream about this particular thing, at sometime around 3:00am. It was one of those, "Wow, I'm really awake", wake ups that come every now and then, well before you should be up for the day. 

Nothing to be concerned about, this particular thing is a good thing. I am extremely excited about it, and can't wait to share. 

The streak has been good as of late. There was a period a few months back when it was not so good. Due to improper footwear, my feet, mainly around my ankles, had begun to hurt so bad that it was painful just stepping out of bed, let alone going on a run each morning. It took at minimum, 1 mile into the days run for the pain to dissipate.

For the most part, I've been logging about 40 miles a week the past month or so. Saturday, I went for it and busted out a 15+ miler. It hurt, but I'm not sorry about it. The worst part is I did it in the middle of the day. It was brutally hot, but no, I didn't take off my shirt. I admit I was tempted to. I maybe saw 5 other people out jogging, during the course of a 15 miler, it was that stupid. But what wasn't stupid was enjoying 3 steaks for dinner. 

Next Friday I'm getting married. Wow. I teared up just typing that. If I'm tearing up typing, imagine the waterworks I'm going to have when she walks down the aisle. And then, that Monday, it's off to Italy. Day 1 of R28 Year 9 will be completed on the streets of Rome, so stoked. 

Do you jog in place while stopped at intersections? If so, please explain yourself in the comment section. Anyhow, just wanted to touch base. More about actual runs in future posts. 

Day 2900 TBJ...

Thursday
Jan142016

Kevin: Day 2677

Day 2677. Ow. My leg! I don't know what's going on. Google hasn't been too helpful. I have had increasing pain over the past 2-3 days in my right leg. It's a persistent ache in the interior of my thigh down to the joint of my knee by the meniscus. Today, the pain has spread to my groin. It's making it difficult to walk, particularly up stairs. It's not unbearable, but I do have a high tolerance for pain, and it is bothering me. 

Keep your fingers crossed guys. If this doesn't pass, I'll be off to the doctor. Then, who knows what the future will hold. Often when these issues arise the best medicine is a long run. Hope to get one in tomorrow. Took a leisurely, tenuous, trying stroll to Massachusetts Avenue and back today. 

Streak on my friends. 

1.59 miles down

7 dogs

Tuesday
Jan052016

Kevin Day 2668

Day 2668: It was bone chilling cold today. My lips are chapped for the first time this season. The car was frigid to start the day. Is there anything that goes from sucking to being amazing quicker than a car going from freezing thick cold nastiness to blasting hot air? 

Had a wonderful sleep. Woke up out of a random dream at my Elementary School. I was walking by the old 8th grade steps with my friend Mike. I looked to my right and saw Alan Poho, the owner of Tommy Joe's (a Bethesda bar), in a golf cart, selling something. I can't remember what he was selling. I think it was some type of food and t-shirts. Anyhow, don't think this dream, "means", anything. Just odd. 

I barely ever run on treadmills, but today I had two good excuses. 

1. It was cold.

2. I wanted to workout at the gym. 

After a month and a half or two months of getting back on track in the gym; I fell off the wagon pretty hard in December. Habits.. tough to start the good ones, tough to break the bad ones. I ran 1.53 miles on that God awful machine. How do people do it? I can't stop checking the time/distance when I'm on a treadmill. It sucks. 

That's about it today. Streak on.

1.53 miles down

No dogs. 

Wednesday
Nov042015

Kevin: Day 2606

Day 2606. It's difficult to write when you haven't in awhile. I hope at some point when I write an entry, I'll be back to the old flow that I used to have. Or at least, that I think/thought I had. Maybe there's a reason that my readership never reached more than 50-100 people a day on average... 

When I come back to the blog, I feel so guilty. It's like an old friend that I haven't seen in a few months or even a year. The problem is, though the fault may be 50/50 in regards to missed communications between friends; with the blog it's 100% on me. 

This morning I ran to Major General George Henry Thomas Circle and back. Not a long run, but a sufficient run. It was pitch black out, slight chill in the air. There were a few other runners out there and some people en route to work. 

I shaved the beard into a mustache today. You'll get a photo at some point, if you're lucky. 

Streak on my friends. 

Streak on.

1.7 miles down

2 dogs