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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
Jan202014

Kevin: Day 1952

Fast forward to about 1:10 in the video...

Day 1952. I woke up on Sunday with a sprained ankle. Or at least what felt like a sprained ankle. It's still bothering me. And I know what it is. If you've read the blog, you know what it is. Ahhhh, rich man's disease. The ole' gout. Usually it's my big toe that bothers me. But this time I could harldy put any pressure on my ankle. It was unreal. 

As I sit here, typing away and watching The Bachelor... I don't know where that was going. 

It's amazing how much one comment can change your thinking. You go throughout entire days where conversations come and go, in one ear and out the other. Then, every now and then, someone says something to you that sticks. At least that's how it works for me. About a week ago a buddy of mine was saying I should tone down my distances. This friend didn't have any scientific proof or real reasoning for his comment, but it lodged in the back of my head. My distances haven't decreased much. But overall, I probably took about 10 miles total this week (not including that marathon) off my average weekly mileage totals over the past few months. 

Moral of the above paragraph, think before you speak. You could really change someone's life, with a comment or two. Anyhow, I'm glad I'm writing about this. It's getting me fired up. My diet and routine in general fell off a bit last week. I just had a bad few days. It happens. I think the real dagger was at bowling on Thursday night. I bowl with a team of 5. There are only 4 spots per round, so the low bowler in each round has to sit out the next game. I picked up a spare in the last frame to put me 5 pins away from 3rd place. Then on the next bowl, I had a gutter ball. DEVASTATING. It could be worse though. At least I didn't have as much on the line as Del Ballard did in the above video. 

Tonight's run was gorgeous. I got in a quick 6 miles as the sun was setting, great temp out there. Tomorrow, I will be up bright and early. It's time to get the diet and routine back on track. 

6.2 miles down

8 dogs

Tuesday
Jan142014

Kevin: Day 1946

 

Day 1946. I was in a bit of a rush this morning. So, I resolved to run a quick 2 miles, to take care of the streak, and then perhaps go for a longer one this evening. It's ridiculous, but I have gotten to the point where I feel like I am letting myself down when I go a day with anything less than 5 miles. I can't change this. It is engrained in my head. It isn't about machismo or trying to show off, I just really don't feel like I'm getting a workout in when I go for less than 5.

Now, before you start thinking I'm insane, think a little more about what I'm talking about. I'm pretty sure you don't really start burning fat etc... until you're 15-20 minutes into a workout, whatever that workout may be. So instead of thinking of a 5 mile run, as a 5 mile run..... Let's think of a 5 mile run, as a 35-40 minute workout. It's not that crazy now, huh? Good. 

As mentioned in my last post, one of my New Year's resolutions is to make more of an effort to get out and about around my neighborhood. I'm surrounded by restaurants and bars that my friends work at. A few weeks back I visited Kapnos where a buddy of mine waits tables, highly recommend it. Tonight, I planned to check out The Fainting Goat, a new spot on U street that a friend of mine just opened up. He wasn't there so I stopped by Masa 14 and chatted with a few buds that I used to work with. Then I moved on to Barcelona where my buddy Mike bartends. 

Barcelona is a sweet spot. It was a Tuesday night, but it felt like the weekend. I had dinner at the bar, solo. Mike introduced me to his co-workers, and by the end of the meal I had made several new friends. I had Albondigas (meatballs in a zesty tomato sauce), kale salad, and the octopus. Kale salad?? Yes, i wouldn't have normally placed that order, but I was told it was solid, and it was. 

At one point, one of the bartenders, Lacy, said, "You look so happy." Well, I was. It was a great night. Sometimes, "me time", is the best time. 

Streak on. 

2.1 miles booked

4 dogs

 

Tuesday
Jan142014

I Found This Footage

...of Kevin at the gym before the streak began.  Fitness!

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Monday
Jan132014

Kevin: Day 1945

Day 1945. Thinking a little about the man I began this streak with. I can't remember the last time I saw R.Z. Baker, let alone chatted with him. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the streak used to be the way it kept me connected to Zach. I miss the guy. 

The majority of my closest friends are from high school. Our roots are so deep that we can go for months or years without seeing each other and pick up right where we left off. As nice as that is, I think it's also hindered me in maintaining other friendships. I have a lot of folks that I'm good friends with for 3-6 months, then that's it. Oh well, enough about the deep doldrums of my mind today. Well, not just yet I guess. 

When you're going on long runs you have thoughts and streams of conscious like the above that develop into utter nonsense most of the time, but occasionally they sprout revelations. Today some new year's resolutions formed. It's not too late, right? 

#1. Planning Ahead

- I am not consistent enough with breaking out the calendar and planning ahead. I'm getting better in my old age, but there is ample room for improvement. 

#2. Staying in Touch

- As mentioned above, I have fallen into a habit of letting friends slip by the wayside. Were going to work on that a bit. 

#3. Get Out More

- This goes hand in hand with #2. I moved to one of the better locations in the city for grabbing a cold beer after a long day of work, but seldom do. It's time to change! I almost went as far as to make a rule that I must grab at least one beer at a random bar 3 nights a week, but that could've been detrimental. We shall see. 

Ok, sorry. On to running. It was a gorgeous evening for a run, first time in weeks I've been able to go in all shorts. I took this baby to the Lincoln Memorial and back home. The legs felt great. Nothing too interesting to report, but there were a lot of fellow joggers out there. Good job guys. 

7.1 miles down

9 dogs

Saturday
Jan112014

Kevin: Day 1943

Day 1943. "Hey RoboCop!! What up playa!!!??" I guess if you run long enough in crappy weather you're bound to have some random guy yell at you. I was about 8 miles into today's run, soaked to the bone, when some bro yelled the previous line at me. It's awesome how something so small can give you such a boost. I loved it. 

Distances remain strong, 9 miles yesterday, 12 miles today. It rained from start to finish today. I ran to the outskirts of Capitol Hill, then along the Mall, to the Lincoln Memorial and back on home. Several smiles and head nods were exchanged with the other brave souls out there today. 

After an hour and a half or so in the freezing rain, today's hot shower was probably in the top 30 or so of my life. It was so good, I'm going to have to go back for seconds. 

12.3 miles down

4 dogs

Friday
Jan102014

Hey, Look At Me

I have been on a diet....yes.   A full blown diet.  Guess what...its working.  I don't want to call it the "Paleo Diet" or "Caveman Diet" because I don't like being lumped in the group of nut jobs that blog and preach about how THEY have THE solution.  A couple of books about "clean" eating and boom 14 lbs down.  Pretty simple...don't eat grains, beans, dairy,  or pre-packaged crap.  Eat meat and veggies and some fruit.  For a month.  Dont cheat (much).  You will feel better physically and even (to my surprise) mentally.  Anxiety is no longer a HUGE thing for me.  Anyway...I'm feeling good.  188 Lbs this morning....sup high school Con!awesome pictures

This is what my dinners look like!

One cheat meal a week for me now....beers, bread, etc.  Always feel like crap the next day but its worth it kinda.

All that said...I am about two and a half weeks from having a newborn roommate so I am pretty sure that diet and fitness are going to be thrown in the garbage for a bit.  We shall see.

 

Thanks,


Connor

 

Week one of the diet...this is a video of me.

 

Tuesday
Jan072014

Kevin: Day 1939

Day 1939. Well, that's three marathons down. This one was a little bit different though, as it was unplanned and spontaneous. It happened Saturday. I was probably somewhere around 10 miles in on day 1937 when that thought began creeping into my mind. "Hey man, you could run a marathon today." I can't even begin to explain how much back and forth went on in my mind from that point on. But I did it, and it felt good. 

I ran to the Lincoln Memorial, to the GW Parkway, around Theodore Roosevelt Island, into Georgetown, back to the Lincoln Memorial, over to Hains Point for a loop, back to the Lincoln Memorial, back to the GW Parkway, back to Theodore Roosevelt Island, and back through Georgetown. It was a challenge for sure, but it wasn't that hard. Maybe it was. I don't know. It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I did it. And without pushing for time, I completed the marathon in somewhere around 3:40. 

As you know, if you're one of my few beloved readers, I am constantly striving to reach new levels. This run in-particular helped bolster the growing notion in my mind that I am capable of achieving a little bit more than the average joe in the realm of endurance endeavors. For the duration of the 27 or so miles of Saturday's run, I did not hydrate or eat. I just ran it straight. Stupid? Yes. I did scarf down a couple jumbo slices and a protein shake immediately afterwards. 

Then on Sunday, I ran another 14 miles. It's strange. It's really strange that I felt fine for the most part on Sunday and Monday. When you start breaking down barriers like this, it's hard to find precedent. There aren't many playbooks out there for this type of distance training. I hope I'm not overdoing it. Time will tell.

Today was cold... Really cold. I woke up late and ran 2 miles. 

2.1 miles down

4 dogs

 

 

Friday
Jan032014

Kevin: Day 1935

Day 1935. Yikes. That was cold, brutally cold. I was on the streets before the sun this morn'. I walked out the door, started running and about 50 yards in.... turned around and went back home for more layers. Thank God I did. This was up there with the coldest runs of the streak. It wasn't as cold as that run a few years back in the snow on a parking garage rooftop in Chicago during a lay over... but it was close. 

Really enjoyed a moment with a fellow bro about a mile into today's jog. I was passing a traffic circle with a statue and a park in the center. I looked over to see a guy doing sit ups in the snow. He smiled at me and in a deep, manly voice shouted, "There you go baby!!! WEATHERPROOOOOF!!!"

I knew I was going to run into the fox today. It was fate. I thought about him as I traversed the path between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial adjacent to the reflecting pool. And, he showed. I tried to snap a photo, but all it revealed was the glow of his little fox eyes. (that flash of light in the center of the above picture is the little guy's eyes)

A new tradition has formed over the last 2-3 weeks. On my runs that involve visits to the Lincoln Memorial, I trot up the stairs, walk right up to old Abe and give him a nod and a wink. It's kind of weird, but were good friends so it's cool. 

Anyhow, the distances are continuing to stay strong. I'm probably hovering more around 7 miles as an average these days. Last weekend was an all out mileage assault. 8 Friday, 17 Saturday, 11.5 Sunday. This without a doubt had something to do with a Christmas present from my sister, the book, "Ultra Marathon Man." I read it in a day. The guy, Dean Karnazas, once ran 200 miles straight??? Come on bro! Stop it. 

Anywho, things are good, runs are strong. Have a happy weekend.

Streak on.

7.3 miles down

3 dogs

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