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Having read that Dr Wu has been incorporated as a Maniac, and knowing that the lovely Nettie was in the club, I decided to check it out and found that I was eligible, so I am not Member #854.<br><br>
We're getting a few members now from here, and maybe we could see if there are more Kicksters who fit the bill - They seem a nice crowd <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Congrats, Liam! <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
That's a slippery slope, there. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Will qualify for a bronze level Maniac this fall but as Groucho Marx said "I don't want to join any club that would have me as a member".
 

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What is this about?
 

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<img alt="" src="http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/MM%20logo.gif" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><a href="http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/index.html" target="_blank">Marathon Maniacs</a><br><br>
You see more and more Maniacs at marathons these days. They are easily identified by their bright yellow plumage:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/images/miscellaneous/maniacsinglet2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
and <a href="http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/criteria.html" target="_blank">here's how you qualify</a>.<br><br>
Warning -- it is addictive. You may *think* you run a lot of marathons... but then you find yourself a lowly one-star bronze Maniac, and you start scouring the marathon calendar for ways to get more stars...
 

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I've seen lots on the MM's before but have never bothered to sign up. What exactly do you get as a member outside of some discounts at a few marathons? I don't trust myself because it would cause a lot more marital issues if I always say "But honey...I need to get more stars!!! All the other Maniacs think I'm a big wuss!"<br><br>
Funny story - after pacing at Marine Corps I was chatting with 2 other pacers and a woman asked if she could ask us some ?'s for a medical survey. First question - "How many marathons have you done?" Between the 3 of us it was around 180. "Were you running for a PR today?" Clearly - NO. "How many cups of water do you think you drank on the course?" Probably averaged around 4-5 small cups each! The woman said "You guys are going to screw up all my results!"
 

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Congrats Liam. I think this might get addicting. I thought 2007 was a good (meaning "crazy"<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> year for me with six marathons but now I'm scheming how to get more stars. I'm thinking about four in four weeks in September to October will get me to Iridium Level.<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Sept-Nov always seems like a good time to find doubles...just saying <img alt="rolleyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif">
 

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Next year may be the year I go for more stars...<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Welcome Liam!
 

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Of the multiple ways to qualify for any given level of Maniac-ness, there always seems to be one that, at least to me, is far easier than the rest. Maybe they factor the logistical challenge of getting to a lot of marathons in a short time-span to be part of the difficulty.<br><br>
Random example: Iridium Level- 2 marathons in 2 days, OR 19-25 marathons in a year. How the former even begin to compare to the latter?
 

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Well, all I know is they let me join, and I ain't complaining. I am also pleased to announce that despite the logistics (I live in Ireland remember!) - my shirt arrived this morning - Now that is service <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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Well I'm pretty sure I could do 19 in a year, given the time, at my current fitness level. But I would not want to attempt a double without specific training for back-to-back long runs.<br><br>
But then really I would rather skip right over Iridium (4 stars), and proceed straight to Ruthenium (5 stars), which is potentially easier: 3 in 3 states in 9 days. If you can find a mid-week marathon, which happens occasionally, this seems easier to me than doing a double. I thought about it last year; there was a July 4th marathon on a Wednesday. But I couldn't swing the timing.
 

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liam - did you opt for yellow or black?? it's yellow for me.<br><br>
runlongvt - rhyme and reason not trademarks of mm's <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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My opinion too. But IMO, 4 in 4 weeks (23 days) seems the like the easiest way to go iridium. And that's what I'm planning on doing this September and October.<br><br>
Or maybe I'll lose interest in marathons altogether. Who knows...<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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i'm not positive about this, but i've heard once this marathon mania enters the bloodstream it become quite addictive - impossible to break w/out professional assistance <img alt="toothy9.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/toothy9.gif">
 
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