Out running…6 years of daily running

Today marks 6 years on my daily running streak. Six years (2192 days)…I never really imagined the streak going for so long, but now it is just something I do — I run.

This past year (streak year, not calendar year), I ran 1,988 miles, which brings my six-year streak total to 10,906 miles.

I plan to keep the streak going, because at this point I can’t imagine not running every day.

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Out running… [Image]

Black & White Beach


Image: Flickr
Gallery: Flickr – “Out Running” album

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Out running…2019 miles in 2019

Back in January, I set a goal to run 2019 miles in 2019. In the first half of the year, I kept on a good pace, right where I needed to be to accomplish this goal. I had an especially good month in July, with just shy of 215 miles for the month. Then I fell behind a little in September with only 117 miles for the month. But I got back on track in October and November and had a strong December.

And — I accomplished the goal. I ran 2019 miles in 2019. Well, actually I ran 2019 + 1, for a total of 2020.

Also, my daily run streak remains alive and is now at 2071 days.

For 2020 I want to keep the run streak alive, and also run the year in miles — 2020 miles for 2020.

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Does this mean I’m a photographer?

So…the title is a bit of an inside joke.

I like to take pictures, but I do not consider myself a photographer. I’m just a person that enjoys taking pictures and sharing them with friends, family, and occasionally with strangers.

Most of the pictures I share are of things I see while ‘Out Running’ and taken with my phone (iPhone XR), but I also enjoy taking pictures with a DSLR (Nikon D3400), a GoPro (Hero 5 Black) and a drone (DJI Spark).

Anyway, the town I live in recently had a photo contest and I decided to enter. I sent off a few images and entered in a few different categories. I didn’t really expect much, certainly not to win anything — but I did!

I got second place in the Drone category and third place in the History category. I say this with total sarcasm, but I guess I’m now an award-winning photographer (who still doesn’t consider himself a photographer).

Jokes aside, this means some of my images will now be used to help promote the town where I happily live — Tarpon Springs, which is really exciting for me. The newly updated Explore Tarpon Springs website (with some of my images) is here.

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Out running…5 years of daily running

Today marks 5 years on my run streak. I’m super happy, but It feels a little strange at this point, to think — I’ve run every single day for the past 5 years.

I’ve run in the hot (really hot), and the cold, as well as in the sun and rain. I’ve run in more thunderstorms than I care to admit, and even with a hurricane approaching.

The majority of my runs have been outside, with a few exceptions being on a treadmill when I was on a cruise. The majority have been at least a few miles in length, though I’ve had a few that were the ‘minimal’ one mile to keep the streak alive when I was sick and feeling miserable.

I wish I could say that I have some grand plan for the streak. I will be keeping it alive, but the truth is that I just love to run.

It is my selfish time.

A time where I don’t have to do anything, a time where I don’t have to think about anything. It is just me, the road, and whatever audiobook or podcast I happen to be listening to on that day.

Anyway, these 5 years break down with a total of 8,919 miles, which equates to an average of (roughly) 4.88 miles per day.

Tomorrow begins Year 6 Day 1

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Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

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Current Lineup: April 2019

I made some changes compared to what I had been using. I switched from Android to iOS, which marks the first time I’ve used an iPhone as my daily driver since the iPhone 4s. This will likely inspire some other changes in the coming months. But for now — this is what I’m carrying and using on a daily basis.

  • iPhone Xr with T-Mobile
  • iPad Mini 4
  • Fitbit Versa (will likely swap for an Apple Watch)
  • Pixel Buds (these work well with iOS, but I’ll likely replace them with Apple AirPods)
  • Recycled Firefighter (Front Pocket Slim) Wallet
  • Recycled Firefighter Nomex Handkerchief

Not pictured is my Kindle Paperwhite, or my cameras, which include a Nikon D3400, GoPro Hero 5 Black and DJI Spark.

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