UC Irvine’s Greil balances golf, running, MMA

BURLINGTON, Iowa – Few people who say golf is a marathon, not a sprint, actually have any experience running long distances.

UC Irvine’s Max Greil does. Almost on a whim, he decided to run last year’s Los Angeles Marathon. He began training for the race just three months beforehand, then ran a very respectable time of 3 hours, 32 minutes, 1 second. Most first-timers hope to break 4 hours. He finished 490th out of 14,240 participants.

“It was one of the toughest things I’d ever done,” Greil said. “I was really stoked.”

Greil had never run a road race of any distance before last year’s marathon, and hasn’t run one since. “I couldn’t walk up the stairs for like seven days after the race,” Greil said.

Greil said he gets really interested in an activity, then moves on and finds something new to pursue. “I always do something to keep in shape,” Greil said.

His latest activity: MMA, or mixed martial arts fighting.

“I wear a head guard, because if not my coach would kill me,” Greil said. Now, what’s that cliche about fighting your swing?

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