“I ran four in Seattle over the Thanksgiving weekend.It doesn't make much difference if I run one, three, or eight in a row.” Miraculously, Macon doesn’t suffer from shin splints, aching joints, or inflammation.
“One day one guy said ‘I played 36 holes of golf,’” Macon recalls.
“Somebody else said ‘I swam two miles.’ Then they asked, ‘Hey Larry, what'd you do?
Macon called his hotel, but he couldn’t retrieve his belongings.
Police had the entire area blocked off until the next morning.
Starving after having run the marathon, Macon walked into a restaurant. “The flight attendants announced what happened and people started sending me drinks,” Macon says.
“I know this is unusual, but I don't have any money or credit cards. Eventually, after more negotiating with a taxi, Macon made it home safely. You’re racing against the clock, a personal best, and thousands of other runners. As any runner can tell you, few runs will take a toll on your body like a marathon. Here’s how Macon got into marathons in the first place, some of his most memorable races, and his best pieces of advice for kicking ass well into your golden years.The 72-year-old just crushed his 2,000th marathon—a stupendous accomplishment made even more incredible by the fact that he ran his first 26.2-miler 20 years ago at 52. Throughout his career as a trial lawyer, Macon developed a Monday ritual.“I was in a big group at about mile 25, when all of a sudden there were 12 police officers with shotguns,” Macon says.“They weren’t pointing them at us, but we all screeched to a halt and they said ‘The race is over.’” The officers couldn’t tell Macon and the other runners what happened—only that some buses might arrive to pick them up in three or four hours.And he doesn’t always have the luxury of plenty of sleep or a massage to recuperate his muscles.