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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I'm a maniac... maniac on the road and I'm running like I've never ran before.
That's right. I'm taking creative liberties to change the lyrics of a cheesy ass song to suit my needs.

Well folks. It's official as of yesterday. I'm Marathon Maniac #1799. (It only took me two months to pony up the $58.95 for membership and the yellow singlet). I'm pretty psyched to be apart of such a crazy group of runners. What I like about the Maniacs, is that they're about quantity over quality. Sure, I've ran 7 marathons... but a couple of those have been in the 5+ hour. But do they care? Hell no. All they care is that you finish the races. Finally... a racing a community I fit into.

So, my qualification for Marathon Maniac status was running The Grizzly Marathon and the Madison Marathon in consecutive days. That enters me in at the 4 star level, which is the Iridium level.

To be honest, I didn't even realize that running back-to-back marathons would qualify me for Maniac status. But the morning I was leaving to fly to Montana, I ran a 5k and I mentioned to my friend Melanie that I was running back to back marathons the next weekend and she said... Oh! You'll be a Maniac. And at first... it completely flew over my head. Sure, I'd seen the singlets on people at marathons, etc. But, you see, to me, running back to back marathons didn't seem like such a crazy feat. I forgot all about her comment until later in the week. And when I looked it up, I was psyched that it qualified!

So, naturally... now, I wanna move my way up the Maniac ladder and I think I've picked the route I wanna take... here are the choices for the 5 star status:

Five Star: Ruthenium

1. 26 - 30 Marathons within 1 calendar year.

2. 4 Marathons on back to back weekends (within a 9 day window).

3 Marathons in 3 separate US states, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) within a 9-day time span.

4. 13 Marathons in 13 different US states, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) in one calendar year.

Can you guess? I bet you can...

3 Marathons in 3 separate US States, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) within a 9-day time span.

Ruthenium, I've got my eye on you.


April said...

Woo Hoo!! That is so freakin awesome! Hopefully you'll get a sticker for your car. That's what its all about, you know.

Chic Runner said...

That is seriously amazing. I bow down. Rock that yellow singlet!!!!!

Vandy-Montana said...

f-it, I'm down. I take it these three states won't be in the western US.

I need to register for that...

Spike said...

wow, I can't even begin to imagine doing that. you are an amazing hardcore runner and deserve to be a MM!

Anonymous said...

You need to fill out your interview on the MM site! I'm having fun reading other ones. And now I'm considering going for it this fall -- though I'd come in at bronze for 3 in 3 mos. I'm already traveling for 2 that are 6 weeks apart and my local one is 4 weeks after the second one, so it would be easy enough.

Melanie said...

Haha, wow... I didn't even realize you didn't know what I was talking about... I've secretly been wanting to be a maniac for a while now, but the ole injury threw me off course. I may need your aid in tackling the goal.. we can help each other!