This will publish just before January 1st a day when many people will roll out of bed regretting their decisions from the night before and then immediately start thinking about big things they want to change in the next year. After swallowing some tylenol and choking down some coffee they may even set a few goals or resolutions.
It’s a strange tradition when you think about it.
Have you heard of Larry Macon?
One of the most inspiring stories I heard this year was of Larry Macon. His is a name I’ve had on my “radar screen” for a few years. He was on the list of people I wanted to interview for the Mile after Mile Podcast. I didn’t get that chance yet, though. He doesn’t have much of a digital presence which made it hard for me to try to get him onto Skype. But I would love to sit down and chat with him someday. Not necessarily for the podcast but just because he seems like a very interesting guy.
He made news this year when he ran his 2,000th marathon. Yup – not a typo. 2,000. His running friends threw him a party and people came from all over to run with him as he hit this goal.
One of the things that makes this goal most impressive is that he didn’t start running marathons until he was 52. Along the way he’s set lots of records including a Guinness record for most marathons in a year.
You might have a lot of questions about this. How? and Why? are two big ones that immediately come to mind. Larry has had major coverage of his running adventures and his goal recently. Instead of rehashing the highlights I’l simply link to a few articles here.
Larry is a part of a group named Marathon Maniacs who are a modest and humble group of folks who are out there just doing amazing things week after week. Most people think that running one marathon a year is too much and these folks run 2-3 a weekend for fun. It might not be your cup of tea but as the saying goes – those who think something is impossible should not interrupt the people doing it.
The big lesson I learn from Larry is that actions are a lot more important than words. If you want to accomplish something simply start doing it. It sounds simple but I believe it to be true. So does the apparel company Nike – Just do it.
Thank you Larry Macon for the inspiration.
I’m a big believer in goals. How about you? Do you have goals for 2018 and beyond?