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Monday, February 2, 2015

a maniac in the making

You can't run a marathon these days without seeing a few people wearing red and yellow with the words Half Fanatic or Marathon Maniac emblazoned on their chests.

I've always been a little envious of the camaraderie these runners seem to have but have never really considered becoming one of them. One day, on a whim, I scoped out the Maniacs criteria and completely dismissed it as insanity.

3 marathons in 16 days!

45-51 marathons in 365 days!


Fast forward to about a week ago, when after the race, I found myself in a conversation with a Maniac.

After she had found out I had just run my second marathon in 6 weeks, she commented that if I ran a race in February I could qualify for the Maniacs. I kind of brushed it off with my standard "I have three young kids yadda yadda yadda" and thought nothing about it.

4 days later, I was sitting on the couch when her words suddenly came back to me. I looked over at my husband and told him what she said and waited for the backlash. Surprisingly, he clicked a few buttons on his keyboard and said "here's a race in South Carolina". And that friends is how I find myself running my 3rd marathon in 90 days.

By the end of March, I should be a Marathon Maniac and by the end of this year, I should be a member of the 50 States Marathon Club - a full year before I had anticipated.

Goals are being met. New goals are coming into focus.

Now, next time someone tells me I'm crazy for running all these marathons, I can truthfully say I'm not crazy, I'm just a maniac!

previous post: Race Report: Callaway Gardens Marathon


  1. This is awesome! I thought about becoming a Half Fanatic, but then I moved to Alaska and it's so hard to travel from here. Good luck in your qualifying marathon!

    1. Thanks! I'm excited and totally freaked out lol. It's been surreal going from 1 marathon a year to possibly 4!