Pluck the Day: 12-01-2015

Thanks for checking out Pluck the Day! A challenge to myself to post an original drawing/sketch/cartoon/comic at least 5 days a week.


On December 1st, 2012, I started a 30 day running streak.  My goal was to run no less than one mile, outdoors, every day.  Just like Forrest Gump, once I hit the end of 2012 and rang in 2013, I decided to just keep on going.  So, every day, in the last three years, I have gone out and run.  That’s 1096 consecutive days.  This year of the running streak was extra exciting because I ran my first ultramarathon, which was also my first trail race as well.  I also ventured up to Buffalo for my first marathon outside the DC area.

The toughest part has been training during the winter months in Northern Virginia.  Cold I can deal with, as well as snow.  But the ice we get can be extremely dangerous.  Luckily, I have only endured minor injuries and I have access to some of the best sports doctors and physical therapists in the country.  Of course, sometimes it can be a challenge when their number one advice is “take a few days off.”  NOPE!

I don’t have any plans for my Streak.  I may end it this month or go on for a dozen years, health permitting, but as of now I am pretty sure I will run again tomorrow.  It’s my greatest lesson.  By focusing on the near term, I’ve ended up where I am today. I am trying to apply the same lesson to my writing and art and can only hope I can equal the success I have found in running. Check back in three years and we’ll see if I am succeeding.

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About OxenTrot

During the day, I am a mild mannered desk jockey who helps to manage a large IT company.  At night, I am a family man, who is insanely in love with his wife and a proud daddy to an amazing girl.  But in the pre-dawn hours, as most everyone else is still asleep, I am my alter ego.  During that time, I am: OxenTrot. Ox was a call sign bestowed upon me while I was an active duty United States Marine, mainly in tribute to the fact that I was a major gym rat. After 5 years and three tours of duty, I reentered the civilian world.  My call sign was replaced by my actual name but the Ox still lived inside. As I began to adapt to my new life, I also began to take on new adventures, such as starting a family, getting a “big boy” job and taking on endurance sports.
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