24,901

Well, I did it. Finally. Amazingly. I did it.

Quick quiz, what is the significance of 24,901?

Before I give you the answer, I need to go back to the beginning… at least the beginning of when I began to keep track of such trivial things, 1992.

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186 Days

I haven’t updated this quest in a while.

My goal in 2022 is to run every single day, without fail. Today I hit day #186. I’m on target, I’m strong, and I’m feeling good.

I have exercised every day for a year. I’ve done that a lot. But I have never run every day for a year. I tried a few times, but the first time I didn’t make it out of January and the next time I didn’t make it out of February. This year I was determined to make it.

And I am. I’m well on my way.

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Some days, like today, I don’t feel much like running. I love to run, but doing it every single day is a drag sometimes.

It’s a drag until I get out the door. Once I’m out, and moving, I usually feel good. Today I figured I’d run three miles. Instead, I did six.

My longest run this year is seven miles. That won’t be good enough soon as in a few weeks I’ll have to start ramping up for the 16-week training program for the New York City Marathon in November.

I have figured out how to run every day and not get injured (yet?), but the big test will be able to rebound from real long runs, like 15 to 20-milers, and still be able to run the next day. I’m not how sure that’ll go.

I’ll soon find out.

125

Just a quick update to share that today I completed my 125th consecutive day of running.

My goal of running every day in 2022 is going strong.

It’s great to set goals.

It’s great to work toward goals.

It’s great to mark the progress along the way!

Impossible is an illusion.

Dream BIG! You can live YOUR dreams.

Make your dreams your realities!

More soon!

100 Consecutive Days Running!!!

The first HUGE step is over. 

Today I hit my 100th consecutive day of running.  

I set out this year to run every single day. 

And I am doing it!

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Stages of “Arriving”

I’m not a famous author, at least not yet. Maybe I never will be.

But, as I take this journey, It seems like I am “arriving” more and more as an author of some note. I an no longer a nobody, that’s for sure.

As I look back at my journey as an author, I think back to all of the steps I have taken as I have lived this dream aspect of my life.

Each positive step, I might call a “stage of arriving.”

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80!

I killed my run today.  Crushed it.

After 1 mile, I was at 8:56.

After 2 miles – 17:39 (That was an 8:43 mile.)

After 3 miles – 26:17 (8:38)

After 4 miles – 34:41(8:24)

After 5 miles – 42:50 (8:09)

All of that, a faster-and-faster five-miler to celebrate my 80th Consecutive Day of Running!

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#44 On The 44th Thinking About #44

My favorite football memory of all-time is of my favorite football player of all-time running and running and running in Super Bowl XVII.

I’m talking about John Riggins and his amazing performance against the Miami Dolphins that day.

In that game, John Riggins carried the ball 38 times for 166 yards, and one touchdown. That touchdown came on his famous fourth down run where he broke through the defense and ran 43 yards for the score. It’s my favorite football moment of all time.

One day I’d like to meet John Riggins and thank him for that memory. I replay that game in my mind often. Never have I enjoyed such happiness watching a football game.

John Riggins wore uniform #44

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Today is the 44th day of the year.

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What Is Success?

Hey, for a moment there I felt pretty famous.  My book, The Least Among Them, was listed in National Review Magazine as one of the Best Books of 2021.

I’ve always wanted to be an author.  And now I am an author.  And a book I wrote was in a national magazine as a best book of 2021. 

Who woulda thunk it? 

Little old me? 

No way. 

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