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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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Sunday
Dec012013

Kevin: Day 1902

 

Day 1902. Hi tryptophan, thanks. Thanks a lot. 

I was very satisfied with the results of my first foray into the turkey cooking world. It felt good. It felt... manly. However, hosting Thanksgiving when you live by yourself has one little setback, leftovers. I have, and have had, so much freaking food. Mac & cheese for days, turkey, carrots, pies, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. 

In honor of my first turkey, here's a iittle video of the bird simmering...

This weekend I ran over 30 miles, and I still think I gained 5-10 pounds, hahaha!!! I am laughing out loud as I type. It's ridiculous. Thanks for the two bowls of leftover homemade whip cream mom! Ha, unbelievable. All that being said, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so happy to continue to take on more responsibility for this special day. It's only going to get better with the years. 

I needed the streak more than I've ever needed it this weekend to offset my Thanksgiving gording. Friday I ran 12. Saturday I ran 8.5. Today I ran 11. I'm continually amazed by the mental transformative powers of a solid sweat. Whenever I'm in a rut, I know that if I can will myself to eak out a long trot, my chi will turn around. And so it did this weekend. I'm rejuvenated after a week or so of dull drums. Now, if I can only get myself a dog! Still trying....

11 miles down

24 dogs

Tuesday
Nov262013

Kevin: Day 1897

Day 1897. Solid weekend, followed by a tough two day stretch, and one of the stranger occurrences of the streak to date. 

I continued the one 10+ mile run/week streak on Saturday with an 11 miler. I think Saturday was kind of the start to a little funk I've been in over the past few days. It's a combination of things, nothing serious, but I've just been in a minor rut. It's probably just the cold, the dark, the damp... outdoor surroundings. I'm actually feeling better as I type. Maybe I just need to keep up better with the blog. 

As we discussed earlier, I am searching for a new addition to my life. Unfortunately, someone else adopted Buddy the dog before I could. But, Zeke is now in play. How good is this description???

Zeke is about 3 years old. He just loves people. He is a medium size with a beautiful coat. He seems to be just a great dog. He also lived with 3 children and did well there. 

Zeke is an active dog and would love a family that did hiking , jogging etc.... I have yet to hear him bark. he is absolutely stunning in looks. He also appears to be larger in his pictures then he really is.

Cross your fingers for me! The application is in!!!

So, the odd thing I mentioned in the opening. Yesterday I went out for my jog in the morning, just like any other day. As I ran down T Street, I noticed something odd on the curb between 12th and 13th streets. A gun. Yes, a gun. I didn't know what to do, but felt I couldn't just let it sit there. So, I carefully picked it up. It was small, but super heavy. I walked over to U Street and found a police officer getting in to his car. 

I said, "Excuse me, officer? I ahhh, I found a gun. May I reach into my pocket and hand it to you?" The officer was completely nonchalant about it. I handed him the weapon and asked him if he thought it was real. He said, he thought so. That was about it. He didn't ask for my name or any information. Guess I was just another guy in DC who happened to find a gun on the street, nothing special. 

Got a quick one in tonight, in the rain. So gross out. I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning as I need to get a long one in. Poker Sunday and Monday Night Football took a bit of a toll on the mind, body, and soul. I'm sure my next post will be much more upbeat! Almost TURKEY DAYYYYY!!!

2.3 miles down

2 dogs

 

Friday
Nov222013

Kevin: Day 1893

Day 1893. Quite the little Friday morning. I didn't get too much sleep in, kind of just woke up around 5am half ready to go. You know when you're up, but you're not completely up, but you're still up. Yeah, it was kind of like that. I did some laundry, scrambled some eggs, ate a banana, filled out a dog adoption questionnaire, signed up for trunk club, downloaded Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, paid a couple bills, checked fantasy line ups, and... dug into the world of podcasts, WOAH. Where have I been. Over the next few months I just may become the smartest man in the world. I can listen to podcasts all day when I'm in the car. 

I listened to Marcus during my jog, kind of weird, kind of cool. A run is a great time to get philisophical. You're heart rates up, your mind is sharp. A couple gems for you to chew on today:

"Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself, and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise. " -Marcus Aurelius

"Our life is what our thoughts make it." Marcus

Love Marcus. Look at this guy -->

Buddy, who would be re-named Paul Revere... is a lab mix. He is 4 years old but looks like a puppy!!! He's housebroken, loves kids, and other dogs!! I need him now. 

Off to the streets. Yes, it was a good run. Looking forward to a long one tomorrow!

HAPPY FRIDAY

3.2 miles down

8 dogs

 

 

Thursday
Nov212013

Kevin - Hey

Adopt a dog - get a pit bull mix or something.  The adoption agencies usually call them boxer-lab mixes so they dont scare people.  Like Travis Tritt says, "Save a dog ride a cowboy or something....or something."

I bet Eddie will be happy to see me when I get home..every day...as long as he lives!  Man, dogs are just awesome.  I wish they could run for President.  Edward wouldn't have let this country slip in to this mess its in now.

"Repeal Obamacare...and take me on a walk if you have some time" - Eddie

Thursday
Nov212013

Kevin: Day 1892

Day 1892. Thanks Gordon Gekko.

I couldn't stop thinking about getting a dog for the last 2 miles or so of jog number 1892. There was just kind of that epiphany in my head that said, "Hey man, I think you're ahhh, you're ummm, you're ready!" This may be sharing too much, but the other night when I arrived home after a long, drawn out day on the streets I actually pretended for a moment that a dog was greeting me as I walked in the door.... Really.... I actually said, "Hey budddddy!!! how are you?"... or something like that. Yeah, it's clear this needs to happen. 

Now, the really tough decision. What type of dog? I've always set the base of my ideal dog as a Labrador. And in a perfect world, I'd get a Swiss Mountain Dog. (not a Bernese, Swissies have short hair). But I just don't know. There are so many choices. I even have a bit of a desire in the back of my head to get a Bulldog? What?? Oh well, this could very well be my personal Christmas present. I freaking need a dog. 

What else? Pretty cold out there today. Third time this fall that the spandex have made an appearance. Speaking of which, my buddy texted me the other day and asked if I'd be up to test out some LuluLemon apparel. I mean, seriously? You're going to give me a bunch of expensive athletic gear, for free? All I have to do is tell you about how awesome it was working out in said gear?? Pull my leg...

My right knee, right on the inside of the joint was bothering me quite a bit yesterday, last night, and this morning. This issue has crept up during the streak before. And as with most injuries, I have taken the proven, prudent path of continuing the streak and ignored it. All such injuries, over the past 5 years, have been cured with this approach. 

Is it really already Thursday? It kind of feels like Monday even though it's been one H-E-double hockey sticks of a week. Love it. Bring on the weekend and Turkey Day preparations. 1 WEEK AWAY!!!

3.4 miles down

9 dogs

 

 

Tuesday
Nov192013

Kevin: Day 1890

Day 1890. Lot of items on the mind today. Probably the biggest, is Thanksgiving. I decided this year, Turkey Day is on me. Yes, I hosted last year. But I didn't prepare the meal. I'm not really worried, though I do want to have a full time line, menu, and grocery list set by Sunday. I guess anxious/excited would be better words to describe my current state of mind regarding the big day. For the longest time I have taken for granted how much my mom puts into Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to letting her and the rest of the fam & friends sit back and enjoy the day. 

Saturday I established an 11 miler, which wasn't easy this go around. And then... last night I tossed in another 11 miler. The weather last night was awesome and the legs felt a bit better than they did Saturday. After whipping up some homemade egg nog Sunday and stuffing my face at a Friendsgiving party, I needed a long one. There is no better cure for a night of indulgence than a lengthy trot. This morning I took it easy with 2.5. 

Guess that's about it for now gang. If you have any Thanksgiving tips, please send them my way. 

Enjoy your Tuesday!

2.5 miles down

8 dogs

Thursday
Nov142013

Kevin: Day 1885

Day 1885. Kind of in a rush. Now that I think about it, I'm in a rush about 50% of the time. "Oh man, I got to get there!" I have been rushing a little less recently. I used to be a maniac about punctuality. Then, somewhere along the road I lost it, and became one of those frequently tardy folks that we all know.The key to arriving on time... is NOT to arrive on time. It's to arrive 30 minutes early. No matter how often you hear this message, it takes serious focus to follow through on it. And, when you do... a significant amount of stress will slip away from your life. If you've had your own troubles with timing as of late. I challenge you. Be on time to every appointment, meeting, gathering, etc... for one week. You can do it. I hope I can...

If you're late to class you can always pull the move in the picture at the top of this post. 

Slept like a baby last night, literally. I woke up around 1:45 am crying and my mom grabbed me from my crib... just kidding gang. I did wake up once in the middle of the night, but that was it. I was out like a lamp until 6:45. I'm a little bit ridiculous with sleep these days. When I wake up at 1:45, this thought crosses my mind, Should I just get going for the day?" I'm glad I went for the extra zzz's this time around. 

Took this trot to 18th Street and back, the bare minimum. It was cold, but nothing like yesterday. I went old school with double sweathsirts and sweatpants. 

1.8 miles down

4 dogs

 

Wednesday
Nov132013

Kevin: Day 1884

Day 1884. Sorry if I got all serious on you yesterday. I was just going for it. Doing that old free form blog thang. Man, it was ice friggin cold out there at the butt crack of dawn this morn. I mean, what the heck? Why??

Oh yeah, it's November. i live in a city that has seasons. And, the good thing about these seasons? Change. You got to love change. Put those spring/summer clothes away, think of indoor activities, start a fire, make some chili... If we could only go ice fishing. I've always wanted to check that box off. it'll happen. 

This was definitely the most frigid jog since last winter. I need to get my hands on some type of face guard/winter head gear. I'll tell you. My cold weather gear game has blossomed over the past five years. I can remember years back when I would run through a blizzard, literally two feet of snow in a sweatshirt and shorts with no gloves. If I was really playing it safe I would double up on the sweatshirts, ha. I must've looked like such a moron. Although, the conditions were so terrible that there were hardly any people out on the streets to see my winter weather gear ineptitude. 

By the time I made it to the Lincoln Memorial today I had thawed out and was able to remove the head guard portion of my hoodie as I ran up the steps. Other than the cold it was gorgeous out there. I got to thinking about Saturday's run. It might be a doozy. Now that I've managed to gain consistency with 10+ milers... I might need to break out a 20 spot. We'll see, I could be getting a little ahead of myself. 

Hope you have a wonderful day full of great accomplishments. Go get it gang.

6.2 miles down

5 dogs

 

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