Dear people of the world,
I'm here to explain a little something. At first I thought this something was just a tad annoying but now it's full-blown obnoxious. That something is this: Not every running race is a marathon. A marathon is a very specific kind of race; a very specific distance.
marathonIn case you don't know where the idea of the marathon came from, a quick overview:
a long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km).
There was this dude from Athens named Phidippides. Phidippides was a professional runner. Basically, the Athenians took advantage of his skill. They had him running all over the place asking for help and warning people of things. After running 280 miles round trip to Sparta and back, and fighting in the Battle of Marathon, Phidippides was then asked to run another 26 miles to announce their victory. He got there with just enough energy for the announcement before he collapsed and died.
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I'm pretty sure that if Phidippides heard you calling a 5k race, a 10-mile race, or any race shorter than 26.2 miles a marathon, he'd have something to say about it. And my guess is he wouldn't be too nice about it (unless maybe you died at the end, then he might take it easy on you). I feel, however, that he'd be okay with calling a 13.1 mile race a half marathon since, well, it's half the distance of a marathon.
Just to clarify, I have great respect for race-runners of other distances and obviously they are real races (I have absolutely no plans of running a full marathon ever!), they're just not marathons. And that's okay!
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