McMahon Switches Gears for St. Jude Memphis Marathon

admin | December 2, 2010 in Endurance,NYC Marathon 2010,Running | Comments (4)

(Race photo from St. Jude Memphis Marathon website.)

“Well, if you don’t run New York, you’ve gotta run somethin’,” says Coach Kevin. I don’t disagree. I’m not totally ready, but I’ve trained up pretty good. Better than last year. I’d hate to let the mileage buildup go to waste, but…well, okay…what are the options?

I look for something close to Nashville. Rocket City Marathon in Alabama? Closed. Philadelphia? It’s closed, too, but I think maybe I can pull a Team McGraw card. After all, Tug McGraw, our namesake, won the World Series for them.

The Christmas Marathon in Washington sounds interesting, bein’ Christmas and all. Then again, what if a field full of of overzealous running anti-Scrooges all lace bells into their shoes? Jingle, jangle, jingle…for 26.2 miles. No.

The phone rings; Coach Kevin has already made the call.

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon on December 4, 2010.  He lives in Memphis, and he knows this race inside and out. He’s wired, so he was able to get me a spot in the race through “Can’t Stop Endurance.” It’s just a few hours from Nashville…and he has a bunk for me. Sounds like a plan.

Kevin had planned to run Memphis himself before he got sidelined with an injury, so I guess I’m kinda runnin’ in his stead. I’m Danny Zuko from Grease, sliding behind the steering wheel of “Greased Lightning” after Kevin’s Kenickie gets clocked in the head by one of the Pink Ladies before the drag race at Thunder Road.

Memphis it is. I hope I’m ready. I’m no “Greased Lightning,” but I’ll try not to crash.

“I got chills…they’re multiplyin’”…


4 Responses to “McMahon Switches Gears for St. Jude Memphis Marathon”

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  1. Comment by Mike Van HoozerDecember 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm  

    Very funny! Hope the race goes well and you enjoy time in my hometown. “Mr. Kenickie” should take you out for some Memphis Bar-b-que while you are there.

  2. Comment by KevinDecember 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm  

    Bring it Road Dog! Got 26.2 miles of Memphis waiting on you.

  3. Comment by Denise — December 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm  

    Go Jeff! I’m sure you’ll do well. Come run the Battleship half in Wilmington NC Nov. 2011.

  4. Comment by kimmyt — December 3, 2010 at 10:44 am  

    Good luck, Jeff. Have a blast.

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