Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday Inspiration: Larry Macon

Larry Macon turned 67 on New Year's Eve.  He also ran his 113th marathon of the year on that day.

From My San Antonio:  
 "Heading into Saturday's race, Macon...had amassed almost 3,000 miles running in 2011, gone through a dozen pairs of shoes and logged roughly 200,000 miles in flying. He now has run 823 marathons during his lifetime."
Once I got over trying to figure out how this could be possible, I was awed and impressed by Macon's achievement.  Then, still curious (read: extremely baffled), I started to think about the logistics and the physical toll such a feat is likely to take.  
Thank goodness for the Internet and this profile of Macon featured in Runner's World in 2009
From the article:  
"Just consider this back-to-back performance: In August, he finished the Frank Maier Marathon in Juneau, Alaska, at 12:30 p.m.; drove to the airport for a 2 p.m. flight; landed in San Francisco at midnight; then started that city's marathon at 5:30 a.m. Or there's the time he drove from the finish of the Cow Town Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas, to New Orleans (which took him 12 hours), arriving five minutes before the start of the Mardi Gras Marathon. And thanks to holidays like Memorial Day and races with Saturday night starts, he squeezed three marathons into one weekend five times in 2008." 
The mere fact that he's able to get to one marathon to the next in such a short time frame is impressing.  Paired with his ability to run up to three marathons in one weekend, and you could probably convince me that Macon is superhuman.

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