I am not Dean.
Dean ran the Kiawah marathon this past Monday. He did it in 4:08:28, unfortunately not enough for Boston (he needed 3:20). Actually, the Deanster did theÂ race route in 4:23:37, but due to a wrong turn, he ended up going 27.8 miles rather than the standard 26.2.
Thereâ€™s just one thing; Dean is not me.
Iâ€™m talking about Dean Karnazes, a different Dean altogether. Karno Dean. Heâ€™s aâ€¦ wellâ€¦ heâ€™s a pretty accomplished runner (in the â€œmore machine now than man, twisted and evilâ€ mold). He runs ultra-marathons as a rule, and holds the worldâ€™s record for longest continuous run at 350 miles. Yes, miles.
Recently, a businessman took a year off to do 50 marathons in one year. Perhaps that inspired Dean, so he decided to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. What took one guy a full year, Dean will do in about 7 weeks. On Sunday, he will finish his 50th marathon in as many days in New York City. Naturally, he also writes a daily blog. If I hear that heâ€™s doing his taxes on the phone while running, I may keel over. No, Iâ€™d probably believe it.
It just goes without saying that this Dean is not me. To differentiate, Iâ€™ll refer to him as â€œBig Deanâ€.
Actually, a bloke named Sam Thompson apparently has outdone Dean, running 51 marathons in 50 days for victims of hurricane Katrina. He didnâ€™t have nearly the promotional resources of his counterpart, but I love the moxie.
I get tired just thinking about this. On Monday, I will have completed reading Big Deanâ€™s 50 blog entries in 50 days, and after that alone, Iâ€™ll be exhausted and in need of a break.
Just call me lilâ€™ Dean.
November 3rd, 2006 at 4:50 pm
Way to go lil Dean…. or lil dean? Maybe a small d?
I suppose it’s inconsequential, since I get a cramp in my leg every time I think of the word marathon.
November 3rd, 2006 at 4:56 pm
I sent Big Dean an email. His “autoreply” was priceless:
“Thank you for your message. I’ll be out of the office for the next 50 days. Please understand that it will be difficult to respond to messages during this time.”
November 5th, 2006 at 4:06 pm
very important clarification. you don’t want people thinking you’re stuck up like big dean. by the way, did you read his book? good read. you just have to get past him mentioning at least 7 times that he has a 4%-fat ripped body.
April 18th, 2007 at 4:58 pm
Dean, I think I may be noticing a pattern in your running. A certain penchant for running off the course.
April 18th, 2007 at 5:01 pm
Only when running with you…