Miles, Kilometers and Distance
I’ve been holding on to this one for a while.
Could you please do a quick metric system math primer? People clearly have no clue how far a kilometer is.
– Distance Challenged
I don’t think I quite appreciated this question until I went to Boston for my conference last month. I talked about Team in Training and how I was training for a half marathon. Without fail, there were the half dozen people who asked me why I wasn’t training for a full marathon.
Then I mentioned that I was running in a 10k in Boston that weekend. The very same people said, “Oh wow, a 10k! I could never run that far.”
I blame the metric system. There’s no other explanation.
So here’s a little race-related primer for the distance impaired. Ready?
- 5k = 3.1 miles
- 10k = 6.2 miles
- Half marathon = 13.1 miles
- Marathon = 26.2 miles
- Ultramarathon = More than 26.2 miles
So yes, people, in spite of the fact that “half” is in its name, a half marathon is more than twice as far as a 10k.
Does anyone else notice this math deficiency? And do you think that the half marathon needs a better name so it’s not always in the shadow of the marathon?