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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
Sep272008

Kevin: Day 22/10220

Happy Birthday Lil Wayne!

Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. joined in New Orleans, Lousianna. At age 11 he met Bryan WIlliams, rapper and owner of Cash money records. Lil Wayne convinced Williams to sign him by leaving freestyle raps on his answering machine. He also accidently shot himself in the chest with a .44 caliber hand gun?


Today in History:

1540: The society Of Jesus receives its charter from Pope Paul III.

1908: The first production of the ford Model T automobile was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

Day 22
. Happy World Tourism Day! What a nasty day. It is absolutely disgusting outside. It is supposed to rain all day, hopefully my football game isn't canceled. I have completed 60 push ups this morning. After blogging yesterday I established at least 150 throughout the day and went on another 1.5 mile or so jog, feeling it. What I'm not feeling is this debate. Teevo'd it, weak.

Time to get some jogging gear on and hit the road. I jogged a little over 3 miles to Glover Park where I enjoyed a few cold beverages with my friend Reid. I ended up drinking one or two more cold beverages than I probably should of, yet I still managed to make the 3+ mile trek home in the rain.

I saw a few dogs.



Friday
Sep262008

Zach Day 17 of 10,220

Congratulations Oregon State for knocking off top ranked Soutern Cal last night!  Who's #1 now?  I wonder.

Good Luck to cousin and room mate Barton Gerwig on your job interview in Charleston today.  We're all pulling for you!

    

Thank you Dianne for cooking my breakfast.  The great thing about living above a restaurant is that you can eat whenever you feel like it and there is no shortage of food.  In addition to hotdogs we also serve a full breakfast.  Its like living above a waffle house that sells liquor.  I Love it.  This morning I went with two eggs soft scrambled and two sausage patties drenched with maple syrup.  I love maple syrup.  The great thing about running a mile and half everyday is that you can eat mountains of food with no consequence.  While eating breakfast I read an article in the Sun News that said PETA has requested that Ben and Jerry's to stop using cow milk in their ice cream and start using human breast milk in an effort to stop the cruel practice of milking cows.  Sounds good to me.  Maybe I can get a job as a breast milk farmer! 

After breakfast I ran upstairs, changed clothes, and knocked out 25 push-ups.  I parked the Avenger at the Pawleys Island Police Station/Town Hall and began my trek north along the marsh wearing a blue Fripp Island t-shirt, black Nike shorts, and a white Nike headband.  It feels great outside and I love running in the middle of the day.  On my jog north I passed two sets of two women riding on beachcruisers.  They were all middle aged and having a great time.  Everyone of them said hello.  It never fails.  Middle aged women on bikes are always happy.  Instead of turning around today and running back down the marsh I continued my journey to the northern most point of Pawleys Island and ran back along the beach.  There was alot going on today at the beach.  I saw eight fisherman, multiple seashell hunters, and sandcastle architects.  It was low tide which caused sand bars to develop all over the place.  At low tide you can practically walk to Litchfield from Pawleys Island via a very shallow and narrow channel.  The island essentially becomes more of a penninsula for a few hours everyday.  On my journey south I was running directly into very heavy winds which made things slightly more difficult.  Once I reached the pier I stopped running and enjoyed walking around the beach for a few minutes.  I then made my way to the closest beach access and back to the Avenger.  I accidentally forgot my step counter today, but based on the Avenger's odometer I estimate that I ran roughly 1.8-2.0 miles.  When I arrived home I completed 29 push-ups.  My legs feel like rubber. 

    I'm headed to Columbia later tonight to watch the Cocks take on the UAB Blazers.  Hopefully Garcia will get the start tommorrow.  We need a confidence building blowout.  Check back tommorrow for further updates.  Go Cocks!!!

Zach's quote of the Day:   Greg Focker: You can milk just about anything with nipples.
Jack Byrnes: I have nipples, Greg, could you milk me? ("Meet the Parents", 2000)

Friday
Sep262008

Kevin: Day 21/10220

Happy Birthday St. Francis of Assisi!

- One of my favorites, Francis is the patron saint of animals, birds, the environment, and Italy. St. Francis was a real life Dr. Doolittle with countless stories of him communicating with animals. Born to a wealthy merchant Francis shunned his wealth and denounce his overzealous father choosing instead to live a life of service. Respect.


Today in History:

1908: Ed Reulbach became the first and only pitcher to throw two shut outs in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1960: In Chicago the first televised debate takes place between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy

1969: The Beatles release "Abbey Road"


Day 21. Happy Native American Day!... good sign for the Skins!!! I woke up at 6:30 today. My alarm was set for 5:15 but had not gone off. I turned on Spanky's light and got dressed. White micro-mesh nike shirt, ash-grey Gonzaga hoodie, black Nike shorts, and a red bandanna. It is nasty outside and I have a slightly clogged right nostril, but NOTHING can stop me. I laugh at a clogged nostril. 

I jog up Bradley and hang a left onto some back roads, prime-territory for dog spotting. I look up at one house and see a blanket getting flown into the air as someone makes their bed to start the day. I weave my way out to Connecticut and proceed to the circle passing a mom out for a early morning scamper. There's someone sleeping at the fountain. I run around the circle and again cut through some back streets towards home passing another momma getting in her aerobic activity in early.

Once I get home I fold my laundry and get ready. I'm about to shave when I think to myself, "Hey, it's Friday. Don't shave. Wear a t-shirt, throw on some jeans..." Thanks to this decision I am ready for work in about 5 minutes and out the door. I'm at my mom's by 7:30 to grab a cup of coffee and am in the office a little before 8. I gently shut the door to my office and do 50 push ups.


I saw four dogs today.


Thursday
Sep252008

Inspirational Pioneers

Check this out:

www.glassgingerbeers.com

This is the website of a true pioneer in his respective field.  "Chill" Bill Williams as he's known by his friends has over the years accumulated the largest collection of glass ginger beer bottles on planet earth!!!  He is the proud father of Billie, Dixie, and Jenny Williams, and the husband of his wife(don't really know her name...I just always called her Mrs. Williams).  This guy knows how to stand out in a crowd and has found something to be truly passionate about, and that's the key bloggers.  Just find your niche and get after it.  Here at runningfor28years.squarespace.com we always like to honor groundbreaking pioneers and their accomplishments.  Chill Bill you are truly an inspiration and deserving of recognition.  Way to go sir!!!

Thursday
Sep252008

Zach: Day 16 of 10,220

Congratulations Mark Epps for getting your DUI dropped!  I knew you could do it!  Way to go!

    I haven't run yet today.  It feels great outside, but is very windy and rainy.  It has been a very happy day for me thus far.  Not many people know this, but I have traffic court today in Georgetown for a 2 point speeding ticket that I got about a month ago.  I am no stranger to traffic court, but I didn't want my dad to find out.  However,  I figured that this blog is one of the most honest things I've ever done in my life, and I want it to be an accurate description of my life through running, and since I pay my own insurance right now i guess it's no longer his problem anyway.  There have been other streak runners but they have not put it all out there for the entire web surfng world to read about as Kev and I have chosen to do.  I didn't tell many people about my ticket because I have a disease.  I am a chronic speeder, and an awful driver.  It's just embarrasing.   Kevin is a better driver than me and he didn't even get his license until he was like a junior in college.  Up to this point I hadn't gotten a ticket in almost a year, but I just can't help myself.  Here's how it usually happens:  I'm driving along at 10 and 2 focused and alert, and then all of the sudden one of my favorite jams comes on the radio.  When I hear one of my favorite jams I slip into a comfortable state of sub conscience which always causes me to drive at least 15 miles over the speed limit.  Next thing you know I see blue lights in the rear view and my sub conscience dance party comes to an end.  Then a month later I end up in my home away from home, traffic court.  Ahhh....memories.  I have yet to meet the judge in Georgetown County.  Who knows?  Maybe we'll become friends!  I always think that maybe the officer won't show and the case will get dropped or maybe he made an error when issuing the citation, but that never happens.  I've been here before, and I know how the story ends, and contrary to popular belief, Nationwide is not on your side.

   Anyways, Don't touch that dial.  I'll be back after court and my run through Georgetown.  If I'm gonna be over there I might as well make the best of it and go for a run.  TBC...

  Well, I pleaded guilty.  Congratulations to Nationwide Agent, Jeff Ware.  Now its time to go for a run.  I hopped in the Avenger to change clothes, and I soon realized I had left my shorts at home.  I didn't wanna run in slacks so I headed back to the Island.  I was really looking forward to running through Georgetown.  Its one of these old southern towns with historical markers every hundred feet, and tourist aimlessly wandering all over the place.  It would have made for a great run, but it still feels spectacular outside so I'm gonna go find an alternate location to chase the dream.  TBC...

   There's a tropical depression brewing off the coast right now, so by the time I changed clothes it had begun to pour down rain.  I figured it would eventually pass, but unfortunately it did not.  It is very windy and rainy and I don't want to compromise the streak with potential illness so I chose to run on the indoor treadmill at Uncle Tim's house.  Maintaining my physical health is of the utmost importance.  Everyone that reads this blog must understand that I will stop for nothing, but a little foresight and precaution goes a long way.  I jogged on the treadmill in my blue northwestern mutual t-shirt, Nike shoes, and Nike shorts.  I decided to slow down the pace a bit today and only ran 1.6 miles.  Upon completion I commenced to banging out 25 push-ups in the garage and then 30 more in the den.  It is still pouring down rain.  I'm craving something delicious, but affordable.  I think tonight I'll head down to Emi for some cuisine from the orient with my good friend Adam Hall.  Go Cocks!!

Zach's quote of the Day:  "My parents are kinda dissapointed I'm not using my econ degree, but I told em you can't put a price tag on happiness."  -Sir Evan Watson 2008 

Thursday
Sep252008

Kevin: Day 20/10220


Happy Birthday Scottie Pippen!

        - Pippen was a 6"1 walk-on at Central Arkansas. He depended on his stipend as team manager and his summer job as a welder to fund his education. In four years Pippen grew to 6"7 and improved enough to be considered an NBA prospect. Pippen was drafted 5th overall in 87' by the Supersonics who immediately traded him for Olden Polynice, hahaha!

Today in history:


          1513: Spanish Explorer Vasco Nunez De Balboa reached the Pacific Ocean.
          1789: Congress passes twelve amendments, ten of which our to become known as the Bill of Rights.
          1957: Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas is integrated through the use of U.S. Army troops.

Day 20. Happy National Comic Book Day! I used to collect comics. I never really read them though. I just bought ones that looked cool.Now dig your old stash out of the closet, attic, or wherever it is and get reading bubba!!!

I hit the street around 6:30 in a black lightening wear micro-mesh tee and blue Adidas shorts. I got down and established 30 push ups in the driveway. A little old lady walked by on the sidewalk about halfway through, NBD. It was pretty cold, probably mid 50's... fall is coming! Not much went through my head this morning on the 2.84 miles from my house to Tommy Joe's in Bethesda and back. I thought about football practice today a little bit. We finally have a home game this weekend at Maplewood. Currently sitting at 2-1, Saturday we will move to 3-1 and set the tone for the Skins.

I decided to rush to get ready this morning and was out the door by about 7:15. I stopped at mom's for a cup o' joe and did another 43 push ups in the basement. Interesting, it appears that Monday's forecast for a cloudy Thursday has shifted towards a soggy one. We got a big old nor' easter rolling through this weekend, break out your umbrellas.

I saw no dogs today.





Wednesday
Sep242008

Zach: Day 15 of 10,220

   Happy National Punctuation Day!?;',:! 

  Here's an interesting tidbit for all you folks from the District.  Every presidential election year since 1948 when the Redskins have won their final home game before the election  the incumbent party's candidate has prevailed victorious.  The only exception was 2004.  Their final home game before the 2008 election comes on November 3 against the Steelers.  Go Skins!

 Also Congratulations Manny Ramirez for being the only the second player in MLB history to have 50+ RBI's in the NL and AL during the same season! 

   Just got off the phone with Kev.  He informed me that I had to tune into the travel channel for their special documentary on hotdogs.  I was so excited I could hardly contain myself.  I sprinted upstairs to enhance my evergrowing knowledge on the sacred art of the weenie and bun.  At this juncture in my life I have chosen to dedicate myself to mastering all things hotdog.  So as you can imagine I was very dissapointed to find that my cable package does not include the travel channel.  My goal is to have one of my hotdogs featured on such a program in the near future. 

  The weather was great today, and we were unusually busy.  I was working by myself so I did not have much down time.  I knew that tonight's run would come after 9:00 so I took the opportunity presented by the lull between lunch and dinner to bang out 55 push-ups in the stock room while still wearing my apron.  At 9:00 I knew that time was of the essence.  I ran upstairs and changed clothes.  i was trying to decide whether to go treadmill or outdoors.  It is a long drive to the treadmill and I decided that there were to many things that could go wrong.  What if I get a flat tire or somebody rear ends me.  I will not have the streak compromised by such unpredictable variables.  It is dark so I throw on a white t shirt along with my Nike running shoes, black gamecock shorts, and white Nike headband.  I hop in the car and book it to Pawleys Island.  

  I parked the Avenger across the road from the town hall/police station at 9:07.  All of the lights are off, and there are no police cars in sight.  I guess they close early in the off season.  I begin to stretch when I am overcome with the urge to relieve myself.  There are no cars around so I open the passenger door, stand behind it, and strategically take a wiz.  I am well versed in this tactic from my tenure as tailgating enthusiast.   I then begin my run to the south.  In my effort o avoid getting hit by a car I opted to leave the ipod at home.  My only soundtrack was provided by the strong gusts of wind and my tennis shoes hitting the pavement.  I'm not sure what got into me, but for some reason I was running at unusually high speeds tonight.  I kept up a very brisk pace the entire time and when I got to the south end of the Island I could feel the burning in my knees.  I knew that I had already run well over a mile and a half, but I decided to keep on going.  The last few days I have given minimal effort so I need to have big night.  The run back was a struggle at first.  Should I stop?  Would Jaguar Paw stop?  No Way!  When I reached the Avenger I had run approximately 3.6 miles.   Although tonight was not my furthest run, it was definately my best effort thus far.  I was very windy tonight and I experienced some wind burn.  Chaffing is also becoming an issue.  Gold Bond will be purchased soon.  Tommorrow I plan on running through the city of Georgetown along the Waccamaw.

Zach's quote for the Day:  "I am Jaguar Paw. This is my forest. And I am not afraid."  (-Jaguar Paw, "Apocalypto", 2006)

Wednesday
Sep242008

Kevin: Day 19/10220

Happy Birthday Kevin Sorbo!
          - Kevbo, as his friends call him, was considered for and lost out to Dean Cain as Superman in the New Adventures of Superman. Sorbo's second child, son Shane Haaken Sorbo's birth weight of 12lbs. 6oz. broke the Nevada record.

Today in History:

          - 1869: "Black Friday" Gold prices plummet.
          - 1906: Us President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devil's Tower the nations first national monument.
          - 1948: Honda Motor Company is founded.

Day 19. Clay Aiken is gay??? Yes!!!! In ancient Latvia today was the only day of the year during which men could propose... so typical of Latvians

Rolled out of bed at 5:15 tossed on a blue hoodie, black shorts, white bandanna, and one long white sock. I walked out the door, fell to the pavement for 35 push ups, and took off.  I elected to head south into the District for a light 6.06 mile run to the National Cathedral and back. There were plenty of people out, especially at the Friendship Heights Metro Station. The L8 bus pulled up and at least 20 workers hurried off the bus and down the escalator to the metro.

Once at the Cathedral I jogged up to the front stoop and established 36 push ups. Sprinklers were spraying and  two planes soared above through a starry moonlit sky. As I got up to head home I looked to my right and saw a man having a conversation with someone, but no one was there. It wasn't a heated argument. He just seemed to be shooting the S*$T. He was mid-forties. fairly well dressed, and enjoying a cigarette. He noticed I was looking at him and kind of gave me a half-wave as if he knew I had caught him.

I saw four dogs today.