Definition of a Marathon

Hustlin’ to Work 

Back to basics last night as I did 30 minutes of SPEED WORK in hilly Central Park after work.  Between the 20+ miler on Sunday and this, my shins are not sitting pretty.  So 50% chance that after the weight room tonight I’ll go for a slow trot.  We’ll see.  Everyone keeps on asking me when I will start to taper.  Not yet!!  I still need to BUILD!  Getting up at 5:30 AM tomorrow for 6 miles!

This past week LOTS of people found out about the run.  I’ve been asked several times – how far is it?…  And I realized I’ve heard the word marathon used in many other situations.  But, a marathon, by definition, is 26.2 miles… no?  I remember my mom came to a 4 mile race of mine and afterward told a friend she had just watched me run a “mini-marathon.”  So now that I’ve got an opportunity to bust my Mom’s chops, I just checked up on whether she was using the proper terminology.  Here is what the American Heritage Dictionary has to say:

mar·a·thon (mār’e-thŏn’)

Noun
Sports
1. A cross-country footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 kilometers).
2. A long-distance race other than a footrace: a swimming marathon.
3. A contest of endurance: a dance marathon.
4. An event or activity that requires prolonged effort or endurance.

Mom.  You’re off the hook.  Lucky you.

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-Vincent T. Lombardi

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