What Is A Good Marathon Time?


How Long Is A Marathon – The Metric Answer

The official, globally recognised marathon length is 26.219 miles or 42.195 kilometers.

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That’s the standard, objective metric measurement.

(and if you’re wondering How Long is a Half Marathon, the official half marathon length is 13.11 miles or 21.0975 kilometers).

If you’ve just googled ‘How Long Is A Marathon?’, then well done, you should be pretty satisfied.

But wait!

There are other, more interesting ways lớn describe the length of a marathon . . . let’s look at how lớn measure a marathon comparatively, subjectively, & emotionally

(Ever wondered why a marathon is such a weird, seemingly random length? The story behind the explanation of 26 miles & 385 yards starts in ancient Greece, makes a turn at the first Olympic marathon, and ends in front of the royal Queen Alexandra in 1908. Here’s my summary of it.)

The perceived distance graph shows how the first half of the marathon really is a piece of cake (at least, relative to the second half).

The first 10-15 miles will slide past pretty quickly; it is the second half that really seems to go on forever.

This isn’t just a trick of the brain – time really is relative. Scientists will tell you time will go faster if you run faster (here’s a link).

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But really, what happens during a long distance run lượt thích a marathon is more of a psychological effect. The more significant an event, or the harder something is, the slower and meatier it feels in your brain – in terms of time dedicated to it.

This is why when you reflect on your daily commute, it may seem to pass by without you really being aware of it.

But if one day you are in a car accident, suddenly that event becomes a significant part of your time – và in hindsight, you remember it much more richly than you would a typical day.

So you are more likely lớn perceive the second half of a marathon as much longer và more time-consuming, simply because it is going to be tougher và more involving than the first half.

The 26.2 Mile Marathon – measured in Emotional Stages

Any marathon runner can tell you that running 26.2 miles is as much of a mental journey as it is a physical one.

In fact, I figured out recently that there are a total of 15 emotional stages khổng lồ marathon running –check out the full blog here for a stage-by-stage psychological breakdown.

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Here’s a summary of what lớn expect:

Anticipation: “Should I have gone khổng lồ the nhà wc one more time?” “Did I take enough gels?” “Do my legs feel a bit weird?”Sudden Euphoria:“This is awesome! I’m flying!”Adrenaline:“Hey, this is easier than I thought”Fortitude:“There’s still a long way to lớn go, but things are good”Boredom:“Did I leave the bathroom light on this morning?”Doubt:“Am I beginning lớn feel a little tired?”Denial:“This is just a minor setback . . . ”Anger:“Who made these things so long?”Bargaining:“Maybe if I can just stop for a second, I’ll be fine…”Depression:“Take me home”Acceptance:“This hurts, but I guess I’ll continue”Fortitude (again):“I’m going to finish this, come hell or high water”Adrenaline (again): “Hey, I’m getting close to lớn the finish line . . . I’m actually going lớn finish this thing!”Euphoria (again):“woohoo!”The Afterglow:“that was awesome, I feel awesome…hey, maybe I could bởi vì another one of those sometime.”

Because I love graphs so much, to finish with here is the 15 emotional stages of marathon running in a nice wave, showing you how your mood is probably going khổng lồ go during your marathon:

Read more about the 15 emotional stages of marathon running here.

Another article you might enjoy: When Was Running Invented?

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