A Texas lawyer spent 2011 a little bit busier than most people: He ran 113 marathons. R. Laurence Macon spent much of the year and over 200,000 air miles running in 113 marathons. That bests the current record, and the Guinness World Records is currently reviewing Macon's accomplishment.
At 67, he is hardly a speed demon, with his fastest time clocking in at 4 hours, 45 minutes. The marathons have not affected his work at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld in San Antonio. Macon once conducted a conference call while running.
Macon doesn't consider himself a great athlete; just a guy who puts one foot in front of another. While he hopes to be an inspiration for middle-aged people to exercise, the feat started after he bragged to several lawyers.
"I was talking to some other lawyers at the county courthouse," he said. "I bragged that I was planning on running a marathon, and the other lawyers said, 'Why don't we throw you a party after you finish it?' So I was stuck."
Though my first reaction to this story was, "WHY!?" I can't help but admire Macon. He ran 26.2 miles 113 times in one year, which is a huge commitment of time and effort with no larger financial prize waiting. He did it just to do it. If that doesn't make you want to get off your couch and take a walk, I don't know what will.