Plenty of people vegetated during the holidays, bonding with the DVD player and the refrigerator — but not Larry Macon (pictured), not by about 26 miles. Before the New Year, the 66-year-old Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld litigation partner of the firm’s San Antonio office ran nine marathon races in 10 days — yes, nine marathons in 10 days. His race on Dec. 31, 2010, broke the previous Guinness World Records achievement (his own) for the most marathons in one year. Macon shared that breakthrough honor with Yolanda Holder, a non-lawyer from California. She walked 106 races in 2010. Macon has crisscrossed the nation for the past decade to compete in marathons. He has a lifetime marathon count of 706; he began running marathons in 1996. In 2008, Macon first earned his place in Guinness with 105 races that year. The marathoning business is no small commitment for Macon. “Basically, I’m gone every weekend,” he says. He double-books flights, so if airline complications preclude a run in one town, he resets his route and makes it to another race. He remembers planning for Florida one time, only to discover the flight halted due to weather; he switched his destination to a Colorado race. The sudden change meant running in a colder climate than he had packed for, so he had to wear borrowed pink tights. “No pictures available of that race,” Macon says. He has also multitasked during marathons to keep his litigation schedule intact. He once billed a client for a conversation he held while running a marathon in Boston. “Thank goodness for the mute button,” Macon says. Overall, Macon says runners are nicer than lawyers and the hobby reduces stress. “When you are sweating and figuring out how you are going to take one more step, it’s hard to get stressed out about litigation,” he says. His legal training has come in handy, though, for getting into Guinness. The record keepers are sticklers for documentation, and Macon says his lawyer-like approach to every comma suits them fine. Asked how he affords all the travel, Macon says: his wife. She is a lawyer, too, a partner in Fulbright & Jaworski in San Antonio. She didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.
-- Miriam Rozen