Dr. Bruce’s Consecutive Day Running Streak Passes Another Round Number.
I run every day. I have run every day for a long time. To be exact, I have run every day for almost 33 years–since May 16, 1978. Along the way, I have always enjoyed celebrating round number and/or milestone “anniversaries.”
Last Wednesday, I celebrated one of those round number anniversaries: 12,000 days in a row! That equates out to 32 years, 10 months, and 8 days (eight leap days are included in the total). I wore my Garmin 305 GPS for the big occasion, so I would know exactly when the run was official–for me 3.00 continuous miles makes a run official. When I hit 3.00…I smiled (outwardly and to myself) and then carried on to finish my run and get on with my day. Simple as that.
[To honor day 12,000, I decided to attach a picture from the archives: That’s me finishing the Cherry Blossom Race (10 miles) in Washington, D.C.–March 1980! A golden moment in my running career: 54:29 (5:26.9 per mile), 113th place overall, my fastest 10 miler, ever.]
I try not to make a big deal out of my anniversary days; I do, however, like to take pause to have a little personal celebration. The 12,000 day celebration was a quick toast–a cold beer in a chilled glass–with my wife Debra, before dinner.
So, as far as landmarks go, the next one up will be 33 years on May 15th. Then, I must admit I am looking forward to the next one on September 14, 2011: 33 years, 122 days, or one-third of a century!
See you on the roads!