Macon man braves elements to keep running streak alive

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One Macon man is on a lofty list of people who run every single day. 

Despite the rain, sleet, sunshine, or in this case fog — you’ll always catch J.D. Miller running along Rivoli Drive in Macon. 

“They say running is about 60% mental and 40% physical,” Miller said. “I find the benefits are the same.”

The 34-year-old husband and father finds during his busy day as a financial representative to hit the road. 

“I met my wife. I was out of shape. I wanted to impress her, so I started jogging with her, and then I was hooked,” Miller said. 

His obsession is part of a subculture of running enthusiasts. Miller is one of 11 in the peach state on the U.S. active running streak list. He’s the only person on the list from middle Georgia. 

“I had no idea I would get up and log close to 1,000 miles last year. Each day I get up and make the decision to spend a few minutes and exercise,” Miller said. 

If you’re wondering, Miller has run at least a mile for the last 430 days tying for 512th in the country — a long way from the top.

36 people on the list have committed daily runs for longer than J.D. has been alive. 

“All the folks that I speak with that have done it for a long period of time, they say just choose to do it day by day, most of them don’t think about the streak,” Miller said. 

When he laces up his sneakers, and he goes through a lot of them, he’s thinking of his grandfather — an avid runner himself who ran up to the week he died. 

Miller still holds onto his grandfather’s running logs as a bit of encouragement. 

“It’s great for my mind and my emotions, it’s great for my marriage, and to spend a couple of minutes on the road is just a good way to use a little bit of time each day,” Miller said. 

Serving as a reminder to put one foot in front of the other. 

Miller hopes he can encourage everyone to be a little more active every day. He adds it’s important to put some form of exercise into your life, and have fun with the experience. 

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