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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
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

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