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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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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

Wednesday
Dec182013

Kevin:Day 1919

Day 1919. Man, the days are flying as of late. It seems like last week we were in the 1800's. (regarding the running streak, not the century) Couple new developments in the personal life. If we're friends on Facebook, you may have read about my recent loss in the family. Yes, my first car is dead. That beautiful, duct tape riddled, tan, dinged up Ford Taurus is gone. Last Friday I woke up, started the engine, went to put her in reverse, and.... nothing happened. 

It is going to be quite a big hit to the old bank account, but once I figure this out and am behind a new set of wheels I will be an even happier young man than I already am. For the past year or so, literally 7-10 hours a day behind the wheel of that old beater had taken a toll on my psyche. It's embarrassing driving something like that. Even though you know you are working your tail off. There are certain times when it just gets to you. Alas, those times are forever gone. 

The mileage since we last blogged has continue to explode. The only thing missing has been a 16+ miler. Maybe, just maybe I'll make the time to squeak one out this weekend. But it could be tough as I'lll be on the hunt for my new wheels. That's not that good of an excuse. 

This morning I established 8.8 miles into Georgetown. I bumped into a fox along the way. I'll post a photo of him at a later date. Going sans pictures on this blog. All content baby. 

One quick note before I get out of here. That old right meniscus injury reared its ugly head again last evening and early this morning. My knee was killing me with every step. However, after about 2 miles in the pain subsided, and then disappeared. No big deal. 

8.8 miles booked

9 dogs

Thursday
Dec122013

Kevin: Day 1913

Day 1913. Streaker down. A sad morning for one of my brethren. I took on the hill today. Not Capitol Hill, but the big hill from downtown DC to the top of Glover Park. About halfway up, directly in front of The Naval Observatory I stumbled upon this scene. Flashing lights in red and blue, and this white tailed streaker sprawled out, motionless on the pavement. Sorry bro. The guy had a nice set of antlers too. 

I really wasn't up for a long one today, it was frigid out there. The first 3 miles or so were a big struggle. However, when I reached the top of that hill at the corner of Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues, the wind and the legs were back. My body was warm, the machine was humming. Nothing too spectacular about today. Just a solid run and a nice display of will power. Good job me. 

The mileage continues to add up... 11.5 on Tuesday in the slush, sleet & snow... 4.5 yesterday... and 7.75 today. 

7.75 miles down

4 dogs

Monday
Dec092013

Kevin: Day 1910

Day 1910. Man. Where to start? I don't know how long this current pace can keep up. It's getting a bit absurd. After 9.5 miles Friday, we followed up with 12.5 Saturday, and another 6 on Sunday. I've definitely crossed into another running realm, I just don't know how this can be sustainable. 

Saturday night I left my car on Capitol Hill. So, this morning I ran over there to pick it up. It was just a 3 mile run. I wanted to go for more! My pace hasn't been overwhelmingly quick, but the legs have felt great. It's a combination of things that are keeping this current surge going. For one, good fuel. I have been consuming quite a few calories and a lot of whey protein. Secondly, naps have worked their way back into the routine. I'm trying to ensure a good 30-45 minute nap at the end of every work day. Thirdly, just pushing; digging deep. When you think you can't go any further, you go further. Yes, this can be dangerous, but it's working out currently. 

There was nothing I wanted to do less on Sunday than go to the Redskins game. The weather was going to be miserable. Our team has nothing to play for. But, when my buddy called me on Saturday and asked if I wanted to go, I couldn't find it in me to say no. And, I'm glad I didn't. We had so much fun in that mess. It was ridiculous. The fans that were there, were the salt of the earth. We were all in it together. I posted a few videos below to give you an idea of the experience. 

Hail to em'

3.2 miles down

3 dogs

 

Friday
Dec062013

Kevin: Day 1907

Day 1907. Phenomenal. The last week and change has been perhaps the best in streak history. There hasn't been a day with mileage totals under 6. This morning I fit in 9.5 miles. Wednesday was also a 9 mile effort. Full discretion here, this is a bit embarrassing, but on Wednesday I had to hold back from tears on the run.

They weren't tears of pain or sadness. Maybe there was a bit of sadness mixed in there, but I really think they were mostly just salt water droplets of joy. I'm a little past a crossroads in a few areas of my life and it must've just been a matter of being happy. Kind of awesome. I was delving deep into thought, as tends to happen on long runs, and it occurred to me how wonderfully lucky I am. How incredibly fortunate I am to wake up any day of the week, in the best city in the world, (other than Florence maybe), and go for a 10 mile run. I have a tendency internally to dwell on the few areas of my life that aren't going so well, while ignoring the abundance of great opportunities and gifts that I've been blessed with. 

Over the past couple weeks and old idea that I had tossed around came flying to the forefront of my mind. The Iron Man. There is no other physical endeavor left out there that petrifies me, that excites and teases me the way the Iron Man does. I'm afraid of it. But, this morning I entered the lottery for Kona 2014!?!?!!! It's a long shot I'll be selected for Kona. If I don't make the cut then I am going to find another cool place in the country to tackle my first Iron Man. For those of you who don't know what Kona is, it's the original Iron Man competition in Kona, Hawaii. I mean... the distances are just absurd. 2.1 mile swim (open ocean), 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run. I can't help but laugh when I think about how absurdly painful this endeavor will be. But, I also can't think of anything more rewarding. 

This morning I had a great moment along the Georgetown Waterfront. I tried to capture it on video. The video in no way does justice to the real thing, but at least it'll give you n idea. It was cold, had been raining, and was really windy. As I came to a bend along the Potomac River I was engulfed by a flock of seagulls. There had to be over 100 of them all around me sailing in the air, battling the wind. You had to be there to understand, but it was just a beautiful moment. Kind of like the plastic bag video in American Beauty.

 

Anyhow, enough of me outpouring my soul for the day. Hopefully my next entry will be a little more comedic. Have a wonderful weekend team. Go get it. 

9.5 miles booked

6 dogs

 

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