Larry Macon was just warming up when he ran the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon on Saturday. After completing the race in 6 hours, 27 minutes, the San Antonio lawyer hopped in a rental car, drove to Cincinnati and ran the Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday.
Macon’s updated lifetime marathon count: 1,656.
“Maybe it’s a monument to idiocy,” joked Macon, “but I’ve done it.”
Some perspective: Forget training runs. Macon’s marathons alone measure 43,387.2 miles, enough to almost circumnavigate the Earth … twice. Macon holds the Guinness World Record for most marathons in a year with 239.
He actually ran 255 marathons from Dec. 1, 2012 to Nov. 30, 2013, but Guinness snubbed its nose at 16 of them because they had a net elevation loss. Needless to say, the guy suffers from addiction issues.
“My wife says it’s probably better I do this than cocaine,” said Macon. “Although (given the travel expenses), she’s not sure heroine would be cheaper.”
Macon didn’t run his first marathon until he was 52. He admits lawyers like to tell lies and one Monday, Macon and some peers were telling tales about how they passed the weekend. One said he played 36 holes of golf in one day. Another said he swam two miles. Macon glanced at a nearby sports section, saw something about an upcoming marathon and fibbed that he was training for a marathon.
The idea resonated with him and three weeks later he ran his first 26.2-miler.
“You talk about pain,” he said. “That was stupid.”
Remarkably, he has suffered few injuries.
“Still have my original knees and hips,” he joked.
There’s one plus to his zany endeavor.
“People who run marathons are different than the lawyers I deal with,” he said. “The jerk factor among marathon runners is much lower.”