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I Pulled a Forest Gump

December 27, 2012

Last Friday I went for a quick run before we packed up and headed to Steamboat Springs for a week’s vacation skiing with the family. Saturday I snowboarded, came back to the condo, found no treadmill, slippery, icy conditions on the roads, and just stopped running.

No fanfare, no complaints, not even a note to my wife that night. I just stopped running, cooked dinner and went on with life.

Some of you have followed me on my journey to run every day for a year. That journey ended last Friday, after 1564 consecutive days of running at least a mile every day. I’ve collected a little data along the my journey. This streak, a little over four years of my life, has encompassed:

  • 1564 days
  • 2810.4 miles
  • 754 miles in 2011
  • 2 countries (US, UK)
  • 15 US states
  • 5 pairs of running shoes (due for 2 new ones now)
  • using Nike +, MapMyRun, and Runmeter technologies for tracking
  • used 2 iPod Nanos (1 died), an iPhone 3, 3GS, and 4 across 4 years.
  • a low outside temp of 8F
  • a high outside temp of 110F
  • an early run of 4:15am at a hotel near Heathrow before a flight
  • a late run of 11:40pm at night, after a long day

There have been some fun memories like Day 1000, which was celebrated late because of bad data. There were two great #sqlrun’s in Seattle with large groups at the PASS Summit. I have had great runs before SQL Saturdays and SQL Connections, along with other events.

My middle son has the most runs with me, probably 40-50, but the person with the second most runs, and some of very enjoyable ones, is a member of the #SQLFamily, Allen White. Allen and I ran in Cleveland, Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, and Liverpool, UK. I always enjoy seeing him, and look forward to more runs in the future, and perhaps even a marathon some day.

I’ll still be running, but mixing in other exercise more often. Throughout this streak I’ve played baseball, snowboarded, practiced karate, and played volleyball, but I’ve limited some other exercise I’d like to try more.

I believe that taking care of your health is an important part of life, and exercise is one way I do that. I’d encourage all of you to find some way to ensure you are using your body, and not just your mind as you move through your career.

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2 Comments
  1. Well done Steve. I’ve done 27 days of running or elliptical, and the idea of persisting for four years of it seems impossible. You’ve proved that “impossible is nothing” and some. You’re an inspiration and just a bit of a freak. Thank you.

  2. I may be a freak, but I’ve enjoyed it along the way. Still moving every day, and did a 2mi run after this was written.

    Thanks for the note and glad that others have found some inspiration in this.

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