I began running in 1961 as part of the Abington High School Track Team in Abington, Pennasylvania. I ran the mile and was fairly decent at it as a sophomore. In the Fall of 1962, I jointed the cross country team and was part of a group of seven runners who won the Suburban I Championships for the next 2 years. I continued my track running career for the next 2 years also and was on 2 state championship teams in 1963 and 1964. I continued running as a collegiate athlete running for the University of Tennessee in both cross country and track from 1964 until 1968. I earned a varsity letter in cross country and track in 1966 and was part of SEC Championship Teams that won 12 championships in a row in cross country and track. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, I began a teaching career and did not run for 2 years from 1969 until 1971.
In 1972, as part of a New Years Resolution I began running 4 to 5 days a week and rounded in decent shape. I entered 5k foot race in Seattle on Veterans Day in November of 1972 and won the race. From November 11, 1972 until February 14, 1996, I did not miss a day of running. This was 24 years, 2 months and 14 days of running; this streak ended because I contracted pneumonia, spent a day in the hospital and did not fully recover unitl 3 weeks later. It took another 3 weeks before I could actually run and complete the 5k course I had run on Veterans Day in 1972. I have continued to run since 1996 after recovering from pneumonia, but have to take a day off during the week, so I have continued to run 5-6 days a week without trying for any continuous running streaks.
As of today, February 29, 2012, I have run 201,000 miles. I have kept running logs of daily mileage since 1961 and have been amazed to look back over the years and see years in the late 70's and early 80's when I ran 5,000 mile or more in a year. For 2011, I logged in 1320 miles and hope to keep going in 2012.