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The marathon man

June 10, 2009 - Steve Murch
Up until the end of September I had been running every day. I started to cut my distances during the summer because my knees started to bother me, but I kept running because I had committed to running in the Aliferis 5K with my dad and nephew on Labor Day weekend. By the end of September I really couldn't run much at all. I attributed my knee problems to my shoes and got some new ones. It didn't help, so I purchased another new pair and they seem to finally have helped.

Now that I'm starting to run again, I've returned to my inspiration, Runner's World. The July issue (and why does the July edition arrive the first week in June?) has the story of a 64-year-old lawyer from San Antonio, Texas, who is a marathon machine. The story, rightly titled “Marathon Maniac,” tells how Larry Macon runs multiple marathons – during a WEEKEND. In 15 years he has run 530 marathons and ultra-marathons.

Last year, at the age of 63, he set a record by running in 105 marathons. That's two marathons each week, with one more to fit in somewhere. He has a job, so his marathoning takes place on the weekends, which is when most are held anyway. The article mentions one weekend when he ran in Juneau, Alaska, then caught a flight to run in San Francisco the next day. Another time he ran in the Fort Worth, Texas, Cow Town Marathon then drove to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras Marathon the next day. He arrived five minutes before the start of the race.

He's a member of the 50 States Marathon Club, whose members run marathons in all 50 states, a feat he's accomplished eight times. He's also a member of the Marathon Maniacs, whose members run multiple marathons in short period of time (he's been Maniac of the Year four times).

Some would call the man crazy, others driven. I'm not sure I would call him anything, but I know that if he can do all of that (and he has to be sore), then I should be able to run my three or four miles and battle through a little joint discomfort.


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