Steve Gardiner hasn’t missed a daily workout in almost 11 years.
That’s more than 3,900 consecutive days of exercise, for anyone who’s counting.
Gardiner is. So are his friends Vince Long and Ken Oravsky.
The men play a game they call continuous days, or CD, in which they track the number of days in a row that they break a sweat.
Long, 57, is approaching nine years of continuous daily workouts, and Oravsky, 52, is at eight years.
The game started with Gardiner, 55, who got the idea at a conference for cross-country coaches.
He coaches the sport at Senior High.
Long is the assistant coach, and Oravsky’s son used to be on the team.
CD was pitched as a way to motivate high school athletes, but Gardiner didn’t think it would work. Still, he decided to try it himself.
“What will it feel like after running 50 days?” he remembers wondering. “I ran 50 days, and I felt great.”
So he ran 50 more. And he was hooked.
“The question left that plagues every person who tries to do fitness — should I work out today?” Gardiner said. “It’s not quite like brushing your teeth, but it gets routine.”
A 1-mile run or its equivalent counts toward CD. Over the years, the men have counted swimming, cycling, mountain climbing, skiing and snowshoeing as CD activities.
No treadmills allowed
They run together every Wednesday morning regardless of the weather.
“We’ve run in 20 below to about 110 above,” Oravsky said.
“I’ve never run a step on a treadmill in my life, and I don’t intend to.”
They say they’ve had fewer injuries since they began CD than they did before, and finding time for a workout every single day is not as difficult as it sounds.
When the weather is bad, Long runs on the second or third floor of Senior High. A mile is 6ƒ laps.
Even an abdominal hernia couldn’t interrupt his streak. Long rode a stationary bike the morning before and the evening of the procedure.
“I was back running in three weeks,” he said.
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