MY GOLDEN MARATHON
How many of you remember your “golden birthday”?
Of course, some of you are now thinking: “What the heck is a golden birthday”?
For those unfortunate souls not in the know, a golden birthday is when your age equals the day of the month in which your were born.
For example, my niece Samantha was born on September 11th (I know, the modern day equivalent to being born on Dec. 7th). Anyway, her golden birthday was her 11th birthday.
I was born on March 14th, 1969, so mine was back in 1983 when I turned 14 (that would be the same year that Return of the Jedi hit theaters).
And for those of you wondering who else was born on March 14th:
- Billy Crystal
- Michael Caine
- Quincy Jones
- and good ole Albert Einstein
And what exactly happens on your golden birthday? That depends on whomever is throwing your party. If it’s your folks (as it is with most people whose B-days fall earlier in the month), that might mean an extra present or golden frosting on your cake or gold color balloons.
If it falls in the last few days of the month (when we’re supposed to be adults or at least acting like them) you might get an extra free shot from the bartender or you might be able to finagle a gold trinket or jewelry from your significant other.
Or it might get overlooked… sorry, only one per person. You might be able to get that retroactively if you bug your parents or friends… let me know if that works.
So if that’s a golden birthday… then what the heck is a “golden marathon” you might ask?
And no, it’s not when you binge watch the adventures Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia. That would be a “Golden Girls Marathon.” Still fun though.
Nope, I believe I may be the originator of the Golden Marathon phrase (perhaps I should trademark it like Marshawn Lynch does with his “Beast Mode” stuff). If I’m not, then just let me live the delusion for a moment or two.
A “golden marathon” is the particular race where the number of marathons (or full/half marathons in my case) you’ve run equals your age.
As of today, I’ve run 37 half marathons and 8 full marathons… for a grand total of 45.
On March 14th, I will turn 46 years old (although I still act like I’m 5).
On March 15th, I will run the 2015 LA Marathon (for the 6th time) bringing my race total to 46.
My 46th race on the first full day of my 46th year.
It will be my golden marathon.
Running a race is always a fun time, but this time it might just be worth its weight in gold.
And I can’t think of a better belated B-day present than a marathon PR.
Be golden… and Run on!
So, what race was or will be your “golden marathon”? Share it here on TTK.
P.S.- You can make your golden marathon (or race) be whatever you want… marathons, halfs, 10Ks, 5Ks, all races combined. The only requirement is that it makes you smile and feel a little extra special.
P.S.S- And yes, I do realize you can theoretically have more than one golden marathon. I do. I just ran my 45th marathon/half marathon on Feb. 1st, 2015 (The Surf City Half Marathon) while I was 45.
P.S.S.S.- And please please please don’t confuse a “golden birthday” with a “golden shower.” If you don’t know what that is, that’s quite alright. If you’re really dying to know, google will give you the 411. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.