When you think of Kevin Hart, you probably think of movies like Central Intelligence or his comedy special, Kevin Hart: What Now?. Or maybe you think of his hilarious Saturday Night Live monologue. You may even think of his athletic prowess in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. What you probably don’t think of is running. But, you should. In case you didn’t get the memo, Kevin Hart has been running (literally) 5K runs since June—along with thousands of his fans. “I’m not a runner. This is something I’ve just picked up in the past year. First of all, it’s a relaxing thing to do—it clears your mind,” says Hart.
Now, he’s teamed up with Nike+ Run Club to make things a little more official. “I think the partnership with Nike is so amazing because through the Nike running app, I'll be able at one point to coincide with everybody that I've ran with through a chat, through a group, so regardless of where we are, we can still run together—that's the overall goal,” says Hart.
The runs started in Boston, and he’s hosted them in other cities since such as Philadelphia and Atlanta. Today, he went for a run in New York City—and we joined him. “Today’s run was not my best. Hitting that cold weather—my lungs—it takes you to a point where your breathing gets really deep. So basically, it got tough for me at one point but I still pushed through because I don’t quit,” Hart says of his 21-minute 5K time (hey, we’re impressed…). “My best is 00:20.03. I have to break the twenty mark—that’s the overall goal. To break it, you really have to pace. But I’m going to do it—there’s not a doubt in my mind,” he says.
Perhaps he’ll do it overseas, since that’s where his tour—and his runs—are headed. “My plan is basically to place the runs alongside my tourdates. My domestic side of my What Now tour is almost complete. We did history making events all throughout this tour, so now that were going international, we want to follow suit so Autralia, Berlin, Oslo, Norway, Amsterdam..."
And it makes sense that Hart wants to embrace the international running community since the sport itself knows no boundaries. “We want to be global, we want to show that running can bring people together all over the world, and regardless of where you are, you can do it,” says Hart. “To do it in a group makes it even better.”
So, how did Kevin Hart pick up running and quickly dominate the 3.1-mile distance—running an almost sub-20-minute 5K? Here are the top three tips he gave us this morning—just for MEN’S FITNESS readers. Plus, of course we had to ask what he thinks is funny about running—and what he'd say about it if he incorporated it in to a show. Click through to find out.