Saturday, June 19, 2010

She's a Maniac, Maniac!

I have a little confession to make.

The "MM" I wrote on my hand during the Minneapolis Marathon didn't completely stand for "Minneapolis Marathon."
It also stood for "Marathon Maniacs" -- a fanatical group of crazy runners that, upon reading their philosophies on running and life, I knew I had to be a part of. All I had to do was run a couple of marathons to join.

A handful of bloggers I have been following for years are Maniacs and one other became a Maniac during the time I have followed her. The more races I ran around the Twin Cities, the more bright yellow Maniac singlets I saw on the courses ... and the more I wanted to join that insane group.

So when I set my New Year's goals in late 2009, I included this on the list:

1. Get sponsored by Brooks.
2. Run a marathon. Addendum: No, don't run a marathon: Join the Marathon Maniacs!
3., 4., and 5. A few other personal things that aren't worth sharing here.

The very basic "Bronze" level of joining the Maniacs:
  • 2 marathons within a 16-day time frame, OR
  • 3 marathons within a 90-day time frame
The Dean-Karnases level of the Maniacs, "Titanium" criteria (yes, people do accomplish this every year):
  • 52 marathons or more within 365 days, OR
  • 30 marathons in 30 U.S. states, countries, or Canadian provinces (any combination) within 365 days, OR
  • 20 countries within 365 days
The 10 levels of the Maniacs run the gamut, too, and the only shot I stood at joining was doing 2 marathons in 2 weeks. When I registered for the Minneapolis Marathon, I signed the waiver with full awareness that Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota was 13 days later -- and I registered for that race at the same time. And then I went into training and recovery with 100% focus, care, seriousness, and honesty with my body, knowing that I was going to do something with a lot of potential hazard on my health.

So, this weekend I checked off another 2010 goal: I joined the Marathon Maniacs by running 2 marathons in 13 days.**
Coming soon: Grandma's Marathon race recap!

**Come on, you didn't think I'd really give up 18 weeks of my life to train for one 26.2-mile race, did you? The only way I could justify running and cross training that much was to at least do two. We aren't called Maniacs for nothing!


  1. What the...?!?!


    You little sneak!!!

    That's freakin' awesome!!! Crazy as hell and FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    I cannot WAIT to read the recap!

    Your poor toe...LOL

  2. You are crazy!! And badass! I can't wait to hear how this one went. Your ability to do two with so little recovery time gives me more confidence in my ability to do one. Haha.

    I can't believe you had the guts to sign up for both at the same time, before you even knew how the first one would go!!

  3. You are awesome (..and sneaky!) - cannot wait to read your race report!

  4. Hi A,
    I am still in awe that I got to see you again! There are other bloggers out there that I did not get a chance to catch up with! What are the chances? It was meant to be:) I did get to see you finish and you looked fantastic! I will e-mail you the picture I took of you in a few hours:)

    Congrats to are a running maniac:)

  5. OMG, that's so awesome and amazing and completely not average!! LOL! Congrats on your Maniac status - I can't wait to read your race report!

  6. I am a fellow Minnesota Runner/Blogger. Just read about you on Julie's blog : )

  7. That’s really great! Well done for becoming a maniac!

  8. Wow! You are a maniac! That is awesome...two marathons in 13 days!

    I also am a fellow Mpls girl and I was up at Grandma's volunteering at the finish line handing out medals.

    Can't wait to read your recap of the race!

  9. I really enjoyed reading your race reports and I love your attitude. I didn't even know there were 20 countries until I became a Maniac (in fact, I think there are like more than 30 - lol).

    Welcome to the club!!

    All the best,


  10. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WAY TO AWESOME! I dream of this one day.. Someday... I too hope to be a MM!

    So awesome awesome posome! I can't get over it! Can't wait to read your recap!