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I’m a Marathon Maniac!

Marathon Maniacs

Marathon Maniacs is an organization for runners who meet a certain criteria of marathon craziness, so to speak. There are different levels of qualifying, lowest (Bronze) of which is 2 marathons in 16 days or 3 marathons in 90 days. The highest level (Titanium) is 52 marathons, 30 marathons in 30 states, or 20 countries, in a year. All marathons have to be official, so you can’t include training distance marathons. We’re also allowed to count an ultramarathon as one of the races.

How did I learn about this organization? I just happened to notice a MM race singlet someone was wearing at a marathon, and I was curious. Honestly, I thought the logo and cartoon was a bit ugly, but that’s just the artist/designer in me. So then I looked them up online and the rest was history. Why would I want to join it in the first place? It’s not a training group or anything like that. I guess it was just to join a community of crazy runners. Here’s an excerpt from their website, and I said yes to all of these:

Do your thoughts switch to the next scheduled race immediately after finishing a marathon?

Are you signed up for more than one race right now?

Do you know specifics about many of the marathons? Dates, courses, years run, etc.?

Do you know the story of how the marathon got started? Also why the course is 26.2 miles?

Do you read books on marathons like Marathon and Beyond?

Do you start to feel down when you haven’t run a marathon in a while?

Do you have so many marathon medals that you’ve run out of room on the hook they hang from?

When asked by loved ones what your plans are for the weekend, you feel guilty telling them your running another marathon so you tell them “it’s only a half this weekend”?

Do you plan all your vacations around a marathon race?

I tried to qualify a few years ago, but scheduling prevented me from doing so. I was also planning to later this year with RNR Denver Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, and a third event too, then I noticed something as I was updating this blog. I had already unknowingly qualified this year!

  • Ray Miller 50k – February
  • RNR New Orleans Marathon – February
  • Leona Divide 50M – April

Yup, 2 ultras and a marathon. I barely got that third event in there at the tail end of the 90 days! So what next? I had to email the Marathon Maniac Board of Directors to see if I qualify by sending this information:

  1. Your Best Hard Core Marathon Streak
  2. Ultra’s And Marathons Run This Year
  3. Lifetime Ultra’s And Marathons Run To Date
  4. Which States You Have Run A Marathon In

Within 24 hours I received a response that I was a Marathon Maniac (#7151)! What do I get by being in it? I’m invited to their private online forum and Facebook group, I’m allowed to buy their member apparel, I get their monthly newsletter, and I also receive discounts to certain races. It also cost $35 to join, with a $10 annual fee, not bad. I can see this as also an ice breaker to meeting other Maniacs whenever I travel for other races, because you know me, I love to meet new people! I look forward to this new side adventure of being a Marathon Maniac!

Madness to Beat Cancer

My teammate, Scott and I set up a new fundraiser for the college hoops fanatics out there for March Madness, called Madness to Beat Cancer. It uses the CBS Sports bracket system, so you’ll have to be a member first (it’s free), then join. It’s $20 donation to enter, half goes to the pool, and the other half is donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Check our website for details!

Ironman Founders

2.4 mile swim. 112 mile bike. 26.2 mile run. WTF??

I have a few friends who are training for the Ironman next year, and I’ve always wondered how it all started. It all started because of one question between swimmers and runners, “Who are the best athletes?”. So John & Judy Collins started with that idea, and made it a success.

Ski Dazzle!

I participate whenever I can on other activities and sports. Another interest of mine is snowboarding. Although I still have that fear of falling while snowboarding (I dislocated my left shoulder a few years ago at Mountain High), I still love it. Honestly, I’ll only go after a rainstorm or if it’s Mammoth or Utah.

If you’re in LA this weekend from December 4-7, you should check out the Ski Dazzle® – The Los Angeles Ski Show & Snowboard Expo® at the Los Angeles Convention Center. They have really great deals everything you can think of for the next snow season – that’s where I purchased my snowboard, binding, and jacket. Also, some vendors would honor in-store discounts if you happen to go there and they don’t have the particular item you want.

Thursday December 4th: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday December 5th: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday December 6th: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday December 7th: Noon to 6:00pm

$17.00 – Regular Admission*
*Includes FREE $53.00 value Bear Mountain Resorts Lift Ticket Voucher!
$5.00 – Children 6 – 12 years (No Lift Ticket Bonus)
FREE – Children 5 and Under (No Lift Ticket Bonus)

read more about it here

Speed Dating Marathon

It’s a marathon of mini dates to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! My friends at the Westside TNT team are at it again with some fun and exciting fundraisers!

Who: L.A.’s most Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes
What: Speed Dating to find a cure for blood cancer
When: Sunday, 12/7 5pm-7pm
Where: Joe’s Tavern 8771 West Pico Blvd at Robertson

How it works:
26 of L.A.’s finest will be yours for an evening of titillating conversation in the hope’s finding you your Miss Right or Miss Right Now…For 2 hours bachelors will circle around the room stopping at each beauty’s table for a 2 minute mini date. At the end of the evening you will have the option of giving your email address out to Miss Right. If she also felt the sparks the moderator will send you her email address. You are then free to continue the love connection on top of the warm fuzzy feeling that you are helping cure cancer!

Cost: $20

RSVP: Courtney.Gush@lls.org

Logo T-Shirt Party

Everyone loves themed-out parties. Last Sunday I went to my friend’s fundraiser at South in Santa Monica. It was called the Logo T-Shirt Party & Sunday Funday. Here were the details of the party:

Put on your hottest/funniest Logo T-shirt and come celebrate Sunday Funday with us!!! For $5 admission you receive DRINK SPECIALS!!! $3 Beer / $5 Well Drinks!!! Pay only $5 for Beer Pong or to enter our Flip Cup tournament!!! We will also have a silent auction – AMAZING PRIZES!!! YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!!

And finally, our LOGO T-SHIRT CONTEST – GRAND PRIZE TO BEST LOGO T-SHIRT!!! Football Fans – don’t worry, the big game will be on ALL of the TV’s for your viewing pleasure! After football game- KARAOKE for all of you SINGERS out there!!!

Sunday has never looked so good! All profits and proceeds go toward The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Unfortunately, I did not bring my camera (I know, I know… bad me), and I also got there late. I still donated $5 to the cause, but there still seemed to be a lot going on . My friends were still playing beer pong, people were singing Karaoke, and I could see the winning prizes from the silent auction on some tables. I enjoyed the drink specials, as well as seeing some of the funny t-shirts people had on. My favorite was on my friend – “I Need a Stiff One.” Go ahead and interpret that yourself.

Battle of the Unsigned Bands

Last night, I was honored to be a judge of my friends’ TNT Fundraiser at Joe’s Tavern in Los Angeles, CA. It was called “The Battle of the Unsigned Bands“, which was also promoted by a local radio station Indie 103.1. Four well respected LA bands performed in hopes to win the grand prize of a two-page spread in Obscene Entertainment Magazine.

The bands were (in order of appearance, with links to their MySpace Music Profiles):

Each band had such unique styles and sounds, from elements of punk, hip-hop, rock, and ska. It was difficult to judge, but it was overall very fun. I was able to meet some of the bands afterwards, and it was awesome to put on such an entertaining show for free, to help out the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There was also a silent auction going on at the same time, which included Autographed UCLA Football by Coach Rick Neuheisel, DVDs, iPod Shuffle, Fox Lot Tours, Reebok.

View the Flickr gallery here

Use The Restroom

… even if you don’t have to. That is one lesson learned from yesterday’s San Jose Rock N Roll Half Marathon. You see, 4 miles into the Half Marathon, I had that urge to go pee. Usually I’d go find a bush on the side the road, but the San Jose course was primarily residential, so I waited until the next port-o-potty, which was at the end of a Farmer’s Market. 4 restrooms, BUT only one was operational, and the rest had padlocks on them. What?!? So the line was extremely long. By the time I was back on course, it was mainly the walkers. (Not that there’s anything wrong with walkers, but I started at a mid-area corral, and I just wanted to illustrate how much has passed)

I did play a little catch up, picking up my pace, but after a while I just realized that it’s not going to do me any good, and I wouldn’t want to risk any injury, so I continued to enjoy the course. It was pretty much flat the whole way. Tree-lined residential streets, great crowd support, and perfect weather. I couldn’t ask for anything more. This wasn’t a “TNT” event, so many of us who registered came into it thinking it’s just a “fun run”. Who would’ve thought 13.1 miles is considered “fun”? Well, I finished in 2:52:12. I was a bit disappointed, but hey, I’m just glad I finished injury-free (especially since I have not ran since the Disneyland Half / Nike+ race a month ago!)

View my photos from the San Jose Rock N Roll Half Marathon

Nike+ Human Race

Yes, we took our sweet ass time on this one. I mean, c’mon… we did 13.1 miles that morning. The Nike+ Human race was a nighttime run in Los Angeles (near the USC area) which was another 10K (6.2 miles). The main motivation for this run was to watch Kanye West perform at the end. To our surprise, we found out that Common was also performing.

Some of us were sore from the morning, or just plain ol tired, so we did 3:2 intervals. If you thought we were kicking back in the Disney Half Marathon singing songs, we took this one to another level. Some of us had drinks (yes, alcoholic drinks) in our water belts. Bad idea? Yeah, maybe, but we had our fun! We continued the singing, the taking pictures, and the games. We all started together, and we all finished together. No matter what pace group you’re in… we did this as a team, which was the most rewarding. We finished just in time because once we crossed the finish line, the Kanye West performance just started. He was amazing. He played most of his hits, and Common came in for a song or two.

You can view the photos and videos from this event here.

Disneyland Half Marathon

Yesterday I missed the cutoff time at the Anaheim Expo due to your friendly traffic from LA to the OC. Because of it, I wasn’t able to get a goodie bag nor my race singlet. This morning was event #1 of 2 in one day. Even then, no matter how early I woke up, I caught traffic to the event. That’s LA for ya.

Ok, enough about my whining, and let’s get to the event. I was able to finally get my singlet at the info booth, and I was off to the corrals which was a bit different than I’m used to. They were more vertical, rather than horizontally sectioned off like the Rock N Roll Marathons. The sun wasn’t out yet, but I could feel that high energy from everyone. The crowd consisted of all ages, coming in all shapes and sizes, meaning, some people were dressed either Disney costumes or running gear.

We ran through Disney California, through Disneyland, through the sidestreets of Anaheim, to the Honda Center, Anaheim Stadium, then back to Downtown Disneyland at the ESPN Zone. It was such a fun race because through the parks, we stopped and took pictures of the rides, the characters, and the crowds. We would pass our times singing to old school jams by Boyz II Men and Jodeci. We would play games splashing water on each other, tell funny running (and drunk) stories of our past, and the usual antics we would do during our training. I ran with a few TNT alumni, and also some first-timers. It felt great not thinking about the time we’ll finish. I was afraid the day would be too hot, but it was manageable. It was a little humid at first, but I got used to it. We ran at a 5:1 interval the whole way, taking it VERY easy considering there was one more race to go that night!

You can view my photos here.