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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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Wednesday
Jan072015

Kevin: Day 2305

 

Day 2305. Every year as the calendar nears its end, it has become inevitable that some journalist "discovers" streak running. Said journalist will write an "eye opening" article about this unfathomable new fad in running that is taking the country by storm. Unbeknownst to this wide-eyed scribe, streak running is nothing new. It's just not that popular, so you seldom hear of it. And when you do stumble upon streak running, as a young journalist looking for an eye catching article for the New Year; you think you've hit the jackpot. 

There are 500 members on the active United States Running Streak Association's member list. To be on the list you must have ran at a minimum of 1 mile a day for 365 consecutive days. There are probably another 1,200-1,500 hundred runners in the U.S. who would qualify for the list. I currently hold the 222nd longest, on-record, running streak in The United States of America. To put the previous numbers in perspective, 50,000 + runners completed the NYC Marathon last year. Streak runners are a rare breed. 

Now, if a writer took the time to dig through the names of individuals active and inactive running streak lists, he/she would be able to compile a compelling story. There are some seriousl weirdos in this little community. Anyhow, I'm exhausted. 

Good run today, in the cold. Bundled up and took it to my old stand by, The Lincoln Memorial. Once up the steps, I strolled over to Abe, gave him a wink and headed home. 

6.2 miles down

8 dogs

Sunday
Jan042015

Kevin: Day 2302

Day 2302. I haven't ran yet today. We'll get there. Just wanted to make good on my resolution to spend a little more time on the blog in 2015; while I had some free time this Sunday morning. 

It has been a very relaxing weekend. I saw The Interview Thursday night and Unbroken Friday night. I wasn't expecting The Interview to be anything special, and it wasn't. I did, however, have high hopes for Unbroken, and was left wanting. Unbroken was good, that's it. It was far from great. The casting was spot on. I loved that the actors were all young and unknown (to me at least). It was an aesthetically pleasing film as well. But, the film had an emptiness to it. I wanted to connect with the characters but was unable to do so. The film lacked an overall. "realness". It was like a perfectly drawn painting that had no depth or originality. 

Anyhow, what else is going on? Took a day trip yesterday to Frederick, MD. I'm sure at some point in my life I've been there, but I can't remember it. It's a cool, quaint little town. There are a ton of nice shops and restaurants all located in a very walkable, charming downtown district. We made the most of it in the persistent rain & cold, can only imagine how nice it would be to visit on a spring day. Weather stifled plans to visit nearby Cunningham Falls State Park. We'll be back to check out the 78 foot waterfall and surrounding park. 

I had pizza for dinner. 

Day 2302 TBJ...

Friday
Oct242014

Kevin: Day 2230


Day 2230. Please, by all means pass me. If you're a faster runner than me, that's cool. I don't love it, but I can deal with it. If you are not a faster runner than me, please do not pass me. This is one of my biggest pet peeves that I face every so often during my daily pavement meetings. It happened this morning. I was heading north on 14th Street, right after crossing over Constitution Avenue, and a girl passed me. No big deal, until she immediately slowed down. 

Why? I admit when I'm having a slow day out there. I admit when someone flat out has a faster pace than me. I admit it by accepting it. Sometimes I'll even cross over to the other side of the street to avoid the embarrasment. What I do not believe in. What I feel is borderline insane, is noticing a faster runner ahead, picking up my pace to catch them, and then slowing down once I do. It is total nonsense. It may be one of the more annoying little nuances I experience in day to day life. 

So thanks, young lady. Thank you for putting a damper on a beautiful break of day scamper to the Lincoln Memorial and back to U street, There were push ups along the way, an impromptu abbreviated yoga session, and then, "the slow passer." Terrible. All of a sudden my thoughts were completely overtaken by my disgust for this girl. She Literally caught up to me and slowed down once she was no more than 10 yards in the clear. She slowed down to a pace that was just a mil-a-second slower than me. 

I shouldn't get worked up about something so small. There are a plethora of potential explanations for what occurred this morning. Who knows? Maybe she was doing that whole sprint, slow down.... sprint, slow down thing. Maybe she wanted to show off her butt? Anything is possible in 2014 my friends. Anyhow, I needed to get that off my chest and I thank you for indulging me. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

6.2 miles down

5 dogs

Friday
Oct102014

Kevin: Day 2216

Day 2216. An uneventful 3.2 miles or so this morning. Wasn't sure where I left my headphones, so I went all natural. The days are getting shorter. It's dark later in the morning and earlier at night. But, that's life in the capital of the world. I enjoyed the fall leaves for the first time on the drive in to work.

Still kind of waking up, not too much to report today. I did just get my flu shot. 

Hail to the Redskins.

3.2 miles down

4 dogs

Thursday
Oct092014

Kevin: Day 2215

DAY 2215. Rapp's been on quite the running heater as of late. Throwing out 6 milers like it's a freaking joke. Broke out an early morning sunrise sixer today to the Lincoln Memorial. Absolutely gorgeous. Definitely logged 50+ miles in the past 7 days. I needed it after a California vacation laden in rich foods and lush wines. 

I stepped on a scale on the 2nd to last day of my vacation and was hurt. I couldn't believe how much I weighed. Reality, can be a great motivator. There's no bullshitting a scale. If it says you weigh 220lbs, you weigh 220lbs. It's not going to change the number if you're nice to it. 

Been going through quite a bit of soreness during the first mile or so of recent jogs, then it subsides. Think I'm just breaking the legs back into the swing of consistent long distances. 

All in all, pretty happy w/ what life is tossing at me as of late. No complaints bros and babes.

6.2 miles

7 dogs

Wednesday
Apr092014

Kevin: Day 2032

Day 2032.  You're right Corn, it has been a long time. I won't apologize for the living that I've been doing outside of the walls of the interwebs. However, I would be remiss if I suggested that I haven't felt an emptiness in my soul via my lack of attention to the blog. I love you guys. 

So what's been going on over the past month and a half? Well, our bowling squad made it to the final four of our league before completely falling apart in the semi-finals. Devastating? You bet. It felt awful. It was like the world's strongest man shoved his hand right through my chest and pulled out my heart, and all I could do was stand there and watch as it took its last few worthless beats. Losing sucks. 

I'm growing a beard. Up until now, facial hair on my face was reserved almost exclusively for my travels abroad. But that has changed, for now. I actually think it looks kind of nice. It's not the best beard ever, but it's only been about 10 days. My chin has an ample supply of white hairs. This discovery was a bit off putting at first, but I have come aruond to embrace it. Character, class, sophistication are a few words that come to mind. 

My runs? They have been solid. There was a 2 week or so stretch when mileage dropped quite drastically, but we're back to 5+ milers on most days. The legs feel strong. 

I went to a yoga class a couple Saturdays ago, and hope to keep that up a bit. The following Sunday was even more interesting with a private dance lesson followed by my first pedicure. Let me tell you men, these babes got it all figured out. "I'm getting my nails done.", really means, "I'm going to get an awesome foot massage."

Let me elaborate a bit more on the dance class, if I may... It's kind of awesome. I am learning the waltz. It is not easy. It is beautiful. I have only had two lessons so far with Terry Chasteen, CEO and Founder of International DanceSport and Entertainment, but I'm hooked. (yes, that is Terry in the tux in the photo above) Terry has asked my partner and I to compete at the Capital Fringe Festival in July. Watch out! Hahaha. I can't believe I'm most likely going to be competing in a ballroom dancing competition in a few months. 

Anyhow, I need to get on the road. Sales are calling. 

Streak on. 

5.2 miles down

8 dogs

Tuesday
Apr082014

Been A While Kevin

fake explosions make the best gifs 09 Daily Morning Awesomeness (35 Photos)

WE NEED TO REUNITE AND GET THIS THING GOING AGAIN.
FOR THE PEOPLE!!!!
Wednesday
Feb192014

Kevin: Day 1982

Day 1982. I don't know if I had some food poisoning or the weather fluctuations are getting to me... or if I'm just dying... but man my body has been a bit out of wack over the past 3-4 days. It could be lack of sleep as well. My sleep patterns tend to fluctuate quite a bit. Sometimes I can go for months on end w/ 4-6 hours and dominate. Then there's times like now where I can't get enough sleep. 

This morning I dozed until about 7:30, not leaving myself much time for a run. I actually felt pretty solid upon arriving home and decided I'd make tonight's run a long one. I ended up going for 9 miles. The legs were a bit tight. 

Tomorrow I'm hitting the pool at 6:00 am. I miss swimming. And.... if this Iron Man thing is really going to happen, I need to be there at least twice a week. I'm trying to think if I have anything else to report. This may be the most boring blog post I've ever made. Oh yes... light bulb.

Connor and I had a semi-lengthy discussion during the Super Bowl about Intermittent fasting. He swears by it and sent me an article this afternoon. I'm trying it out. The idea is to go 20 hours w/out food a few times a month to cleanse the body and re-charge the proverbial batteries. I dig it, I guess. We'll see... It can be rather easily executed by having an early dinner around 6:00 pm one day, and then having a late lunch around 2:00 pm the next. The one thing that scares me is I might get too sexy. I mean I'm not going to lie, Connor is looking pretty good right now, especially as a newly minted dad. 

P.S. - That gif image has nothing to do w/ this post. It just kind of makes me happy; for no particular reason. 

9.2 miles down

8 dogs