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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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Tuesday
Sep232008

Zach: Day 14 of 10,220

   Congratulations to the San Diego Chargers!  I would also like to congratulate former Coastal Carolina Chanticleer and Charger's fullback Mike Tolbert on scoring his first career NFL touchdown last night!  Well Done. 

   I'm back over at Uncle Tim's house for the second night in a row.  The AC guy came by today and informed me that I am going to have to come out of pocket to get the air fixed completely.  This is due to freezing and a leak of some sort. However, he said that there is a little bit of frion left so I'm gonna ride it out as long as I can.  It has been a long day of selling hotdogs so I was eager to go for my run.  Business was slow.  Since it was already dark when I got of work I decided to run on Tim's treadmill in the garage.  For this run I sported Nike running shoes, black Nike shorts, and a black Sam's Corner t-shirt.

   Since it felt great outside I opted to leave the garage door open.  I turned on the television in front of the treadmill, set the treadmill at a brisk pace, and began to run.  I finally decided on the movie "Knocked Up."  I had seen it before at the theatre, but couldn't fully enjoy it, because for some reason I went with my parents.  Awkward.  I ran approximately 1.6 miles and burned 190 calories.   I then came inside and banged out 53 consecutive push-ups in the den. 

   I think that tommorrow I'm gonna try to go for an early morning run, which is something that I have yet to do. Two weeks complete!!  Good night  America.  See you in the morning.

Zach's quote for the Day:  "Well if i'm going to hell, I'm going there playing the piano." (-Jerry Lee Lewis, "Greatballs of Fire" 1989)

Tuesday
Sep232008

Kevin: Day 18/10220

Happy Birthday Ray Charles!
          -Charles was not born blind - he lost his sight to undiagnosed glaucoma at age seven. Recently, a series of slot  machines were designed in Charles' name for the visually handicapped.

Today in History:

         - 1889  Ninteno Koppai "Nintendo Company" is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi, a 1st generation Irish American.

         - 1988  Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics becomes the first member of the 40-40 club.

Day 18. Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day! I woke up this morning at 4:15 and went to sleep at 4:16. I woke up again this morning at 5:00, looked to Spanky at my left, and noticed his filter wasn't functioning properly. I had no idea how to fix it. I tried winging it, but after I had cleaned out all the tubes I couldn't get the darned thang to work again! Thank God for the internet. I looked up the Zoo Med TC 30 and found instructions. By 6:15 the filter was up and running.

The right side of the back of my throat was a bit sore this morning. Upon investigation, I found an open window in my room. I do not remember opening this window. Anyways, due to this soreness and feeling a bit tired I elected to wait till afternoon or evening for today's run. I have completed 25 push ups thus far. I am off to a 10 am meeting shortly, may even establish 1.5 afterwards.

... I arrived home from my meeting at 12pm and quickly tossed on a yellow B2B shirt, blue Adidas shorts, and a smile. I hit the streets a fairly brisk pace. It had been awhile since I jogged during the afternoon. Lots of people! Like I've said, I love running around people. Some of my most memorable and enjoyable runs took place when I lived in Florence, Italy. I used to weave in and out of packs of tourists shouting, "Ex kew zeh', Ex Kew zeh'!!!" (spelled "excuse" but pronounced like the former) At the end of those runs I used to come down a 200 yard straight away, full sprint, in front of 6 or so restaurants. By the end of my time there waiters got to know me and would cheer each day as I ran by.

When I got home I turned the shower on and was about to step in when I realized... "Hey now Kev, you got 25 more push ups to go today. Wanna bang em' out now?" I got dressed, did 25... then showered.


I'm not sure if I saw any dogs today.

Monday
Sep222008

Zach: Day 13 of 10,220

  Lucky number 13!!  The air conditioning is temporarily out of service at the apartment above Sam's Corner so I am writing this entry from my Uncle Tim's house.  I really enjoy hanging out over here.  Uncle Tim is a swinging bachelor who is currently in Mexico with his lady friend, Sunshine.  This gives me a great opportunity to chill out by myself in his bachelor pad.  There really is not a hint of estrogen throughout this entire condo.  However, there are more plasma screen tv's than rooms which have every channel known to man.  So I plan to take full advantage of my AC being broken.

    I ran through his neighborhood today, which is located on a TPC golf course between Murrells Inlet and Socastee.  For today's run I wore my Nike running shoes, Nike headband, khaki Sam's Corner shirt, and red Columbia swim-trunks. My last two runs have been through well inhabited neighborhoods, and I have thoroughly enjoyed them both.  I passed no fellow runners today, but I did pass four bikers and an older gentleman walking what appeared to be a poodle.  He must be married.  During my run I passed a sign that said no through traffic.  It's a good thing I'm on foot.  I ran past the sign and immediately made a left onto a long boardwalk. You could tell the boardwalk had been built very recently due to the untreated wood.  It was a very pleasant run that eerily creeped through tall trres and murky swamp water.  It gave me the feeling I might get my arm bitten off by an alligator, but I think that's because I read an article today about a man getting his arm chomped off by a gator in Lake Moultrie the other day.   The boardwalk eventually led to a boatdock.  When I arrived at the end of the boat dock I figured I'd come this far, might as well turn around and keep on going.  So thats what I did.

   On the run back I listened to a song by Paul McCartney and Wings called "Mull of Kintyre."  This is one of mamma's favorite songs.  I like it too because of the bag pipes.  I gotta get back to my Scottish roots occasionally.  I think when I kick the bucket I want a few bag pipers at my funeral to play "Amazing Grace", or I could have the Carolina Band play the same song.  It is a little known fact, but at the end of every game the Mighty Sound of the Southeast plays "Amazing Grace".  Few people stay long enough afterward to hear the song, but I think that's what makes it so special for those of us that do.  The crescendo has brought me to tears on more than one occasion.  Unfortuantely I may have to become President of the United States to get USC's band to play my funeral.  I remember when they were burying Gerald Ford and the Michigan Band played "Hail to the Victor."  Not a bad way to go.  Hats off to you Jerry! 

  So anyways, I ended up runnig 1.71 miles according to my new step counter.  When I got back to Tim's house I completed 52 consecutive push-ups.  The last few days I have been pacing myself, but I need to release the animal within.  Tommorrow I will go for a longer run.

Zach's quote for the Day:  

Smiles in the sunshine
And tears in the rain
Still take me back to where my memories remain
Flickering embers growing higher and higher
As they carry me back to the mull of kintyre


-"Mull of Kintyre" Paul McCartney and Wings, 1977

Monday
Sep222008

Zach: Day 12 of 10,220 (Sunday re-cap)

      Farewell Yankee Stadium!  Thanks for the memories! 

     Also Congratulations to former Gamecock and starting Orioles second baseman, Brian Roberts, for having the last at bat in Yankee Stadium history.   We're proud of you big guy!

      Although I was born and raised in the south my father is an avid Yankees fan, and I grew up rooting for the Yankees.  Everyone else in school naturally pulled for the Braves, and since I was never vocally die hard about the pinstripes they probably all thought I was just being an ass when I pulled for the Yankees in the 1996 World Series, but I really did like them.  I have always been intrgued by the tradition, and I am sad that I never got to watch the greatest franchise in sports history play in "the house that Ruth built."  I did see them play the Braves at Turner Field during the first season of interleague play, but it just can't be the same.  I am also an east coast guy.  I like Biggie more than Tupac, and I can appreciate the grittiness of a hard nosed Yankee from the Bronx.  On the other hand I think that MTV and the entire southern California region is what's wrong with American society, and what  encourages the majority of my generation to be a bunch of idiots that are corrupted by their own lack of effort and stupidity.  However the Yankees are about nostalgic values, old school hard working Americana, and an example of dominance in their respective field.  Their dominance in professional baseball is really a parallel of America's position in the global community throughout the last century. 

    Today I ran around Elizabeth's neighborhood wearing the exact same thing I wore yesterday, and no I didn't wash it.  It's kinda disgusting, but sometimes you must compromise pharimones in order to achieve a life goal.  Her parents had a couple of unused clip on step counters laying around so I was able to score one of those.  This was very fortunate cause they cost like $50 at Dicks.  Now I am able to get a more accurate read on the exact mileage as opposed to relying on the Avenger.  So yesterday I ran around the block, and being away from the coastal plain, the air was extremely crisp.  It was refreshing to breathe through my nose for a change.  Another new dynamic that I experienced in Columbia was the introduction of rolling hills.  Lowcountry South Carolina is extremely flat so the hills provided a welcomed change of pace.  I kept making left turns around the block and eventually ran 1.74 miles before I was finished.  My first time around the block I saw some kids tossing around the pigskin.  Then on subsequent trips around the block I witnessed them engage in kickball, golf, and basketball.  Multi-sport athletes?  Respect.  

    Today I will be going for an evening run, and blogging later so check back for updates.   Also, Brett Favre, I'm not sure if you've visited the site yet, but I want you to know you better watch your back tonight because my Chargers are coming for your old dusty ass.

Zach quote for the day:  

"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and I have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure I'm lucky. Who wouldn't have considered it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrows? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow,Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat and vice versa, sends you a gift, that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeeper and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies, that's something. When you have a father and mother work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body, it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed, that's the finest I know. I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. And I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for." (- July 4, 1939 at Yankee Stadium on Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day)

Monday
Sep222008

Zach: Day 11 of 10, 220 (Saturday Re-cap)

    Good afternoon to all the sexy people out there!!  I apologize for not keeping you informed of this weekends running activities.  I was out of town watching the cocks lay a smack down on the Wofford Terriers and we were experiencing minor technical difficulties with the site, but this did not stand in the way of the dream.  After a splendid slumber on Friday night I awoke with a vigorous passion burning deep within my loins.  Was this because today is gameday or is it overzealous anticipation for today's run?  Who knows, but whatever it is it cannot be stopped.  I was with Elizabeth Martin on this fine Saturday, and she wanted to run to, but she was experiencing pain in her foot due to gruesome toenail surgery which left her unable to wear a closed toe shoe.  However, she was able to wear her crocs and ride the bicycle.  In light of this fact I opted to accompany her to her gym, Anytime Fitness (a booming new 24 gym franchise), and run on the treadmill. 

    For today's run I sported my Nike running shoes, Nike running shorts, and an old student government t-shirt that I borrowed from Elizabeth.  When we got to the gym I Immediatly banged out 25 push-ups.  McConaughey once said "there is never a bad time to bang out 25 push-ups."  Upon completion of my first set I appoached the treadmill with respect and caution.  Treadmills can be dangerous when boarded with unnecessary haste.  Once atop the moving belt I eased my way into a brisk pace that quickly turned into intense intervals of jogging and sprinting.  I kept this up for approximately 1.62 miles.  That's the good thing about treadmills, you always know how far you ran.  However, compared to running on the surface of planet earth they kinda suck.  After I completed my run I knocked out my last set of 30 push-ups.  We exited the building and began preparing for the days tailgating activities.  Once we got out there we were definately adequately prepared and had our fill of food and cocktail. 

     I actually told a little fib earlier.  We did not lay a smack down on Wofford but instead beat them only 23-13.  They are a bunch of smart upper middle class kids that run a complex offense full of misdirection, trickery, and typical ballyhoo.  This offense is beyond comprehension for many including myself.   I predict that Wofford will go far into the playoffs of their division.    We also didn't get much help from quarterback Chris Smelley who turned the ball over 3 times in the first quarter.  This prompted Coach Spurrier to say in a post game press conference that he might consider starting Stephen Garcia next week vs. UAB.  Garcia is a long haired, self proclaimed Greek God, arrogant, wild, and crazy son of a bitch.  I think he is just what we need to get the offense moving.  He reminds me of my child hood hero, Mr. Steve Tanneyhill.  If he can approach the job with a level of intensity and consistency I believe that we have six more wins in the tank, and it is at this point in the season that I want to make my year ending prediction.  The Cocks will go 8-4 in the regular season and vanquish a formidable Big 10 foe in the 2009 Outback Bowl.

Zach's quote for the Day:   My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.   (-Maximus, "Gladiator" 2000)

Monday
Sep222008

Kevin: Day17/10220

Happy Birthday Scott Baio!

       -  The man has dated a surprising array of Hollywood Babes, including Pamela Anderson, Nicole Eggert, Nicolette Sheridan, Denise Richards, and Heather Locklear. Way to go Baio!!

Today in History:
        -  1975: Sara Jane Moore's assassination attempt on President Ford is foiled by Olver Sipple.


Day 17. It's good to be back to the blog after some weekend mishaps. Happy Bulgarian Independance day! The past few days I have been in such a rush just to get the runs over with that I haven't been able to fully enjoy them. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the runs. When I go on a run I prefer to be free of worries or deadlines. Bottom line, I need to give myself a little more time to get my runs in. I find myself wanting to run longer & longer, this is a good thing, but I need to be careful to not over do it.

I got into the office at about 9:20. I caught up on Satuday's blog entry. Then around 9:45 I shut the door and completed 50 push ups. The last 10 we'rrrrre A STRUGGLE!

I saw no dogs today, what gives???

Weather Week in the District

9/23 - A Sunny Tuesday?: High 76/ Low 59 (20% chance rain)

9/24 - A Partly Cloudy Hump Day?: High 77/ Low 62 (10% chance rain)

9/25 - A cloudy Thursday?: High 67/ Low 64 (10%chance rain)

9/26 - Wet Friday?: High 72/ Low 64 (40% chance rain)

9/27 - Soggy Saturday?: High 74/ Low 64 (40% chance rain)

9/28 - Sloppy Sunday?:  High 76/ Low 64 (30% chance rain)



Monday
Sep222008

Kevin: Day 16/10220 (Sunday Re-cap)

Happy, Happy, Happy Belated birthday to Bill Murray!

September 21st in history:

        1995: The "Hindu Milk Miracle" occurs, in which statues of the Hindu God Ganesh began drinking milk when spoonfuls were placed near their mouths.


Day 16. I woke up around 7 and picked up for about 30 minutes. I was back at 6306 around 8:30. There I ran into Joe who was having a lot of difficulty picking his fantasy line up. I tossed on blue adidas shorts, a blue Bike to the Beach tee, and a white bandanna. Again, this morning I was in a hurry to make it to a football game. I cruised down Wisconsin Avenue at a great clip.


When I was about 100 yards or so away from home I saw a fox at the edge of our yard. It crossed Wisconsin and headed onto Chevy Chase Country Club's golf course. It was exciting. If seeing a random animal that you don't see often doesn't get you excited, you're not human. One time in Kensington, about three years ago, I saw a big old turkey on East Bexhill Street. That was really exciting. It's like, "Hey, what the heck is a turkey doing here? I have never seen a turkey in these parts!!! What is going on???" 

After the excitement of the fox I gathered myself and tossed on some jeans and a Redskins tee. I hopped in the Car and headed to Garfield Street to meet up with the carpool for the game. Once there I hid inside for a second and established 51 push ups.

I saw no dogs on this run.

Monday
Sep222008

Kevin: Day 15/10220 (Saturday Re-cap)

Our log-in access was a bit messed up this weekend. Blogs are new to both Zach and myself, so for the first couple months there will probably be a few mishaps. Sorry friends!!

Happy Belated birthday to Sophia Loren!

This day in history

        -  1633: Galileo is held on trial before the Council for the Doctrine of Faith for teaching that the earth orbits around the sun.

        -  1998: Cal Ripken ends his famous streak for consecutive major league games played at 2, 632.

Day 15. I woke up at around 6 am and scrambled to get a jog in before my pee-wee football game which stated at 9 am in Bowie. I like to get to the games a minimum of an hour before kick-off. I ran at a blitzkrieg pace down Wisconsin turning around at the Exxon by Tommy Joe's. Once I got home I quickly prepared myself and drove to K-town to pick up Timmy Conley. We suffered our first loss to the Forestville Falcons, 19-6. Afterwards I went home and swept mom's porch than proceeded out to Potomac Maryland to participate in the 5th annual Slitherfest.

I left Slitherfest around seven and  headed to a surprise birthday party for our good family friend Keith at Wood's Academy. I stopped home for a second to turn off Spanky's heat lamp. Then headed over to Lydia's for yet another get together. By about 10-11 I was spent . I had given the day all I had. I tried really hard. It was fun. I certainly enjoyed myself and can only hope others enjoyed me too. That's what the weekend's for, right? I hit it the hay hard at around 12:00.

I saw no dogs during the day's jog.