...and other misconceptions I made 06-11-01
2006 Nov 01
October 10th 2010

Posted by D under running

If you live in the US (and maybe even outside), I’m sure you’ve seen this number somewhere. On a license plate. A t-shirt. A sticker. Somewhere. And to those of you who don’t immediately go “oh, sure, a marathoner”, here’s your chance to learn something new.

The distance run in a Marathon is 42.195km or 26 miles and 385 yards – which is usually rounded to 42.2km or 26.2 miles. So the next time you see someone with either of these two numbers displayed somewhere, go ahead, talk to them, ask them about their last marathon. My guess is they’ll love it.

My laptop has a sticker that states “26.2 – Been there. Run that.”

Fantastic support on the course (H2 in the foreground)How was my last marathon?

Funny you should ask. That happened to be today, which is why I’m limping and looking like I’m in pain whenever I have to move my legs. Or don’t move my legs. But don’t let that distract you from the fact that it was AWESOME.

too fast for the shutterThe support during the race was fantastic (K2 carrying an umbrella and all – picture credit to our friend Judie) and at the finish I was simply too fast for the slow shutter of K2’s iPhone.

I broke my personal record by about 19 minutes and stayed under 5 hours for the first time. I wasn’t as fast as I hoped, but that just means I need to run another one in order to get better. After all, that’s what we tell the children. What matters is that you try. And if you don’t reach your goal, you try again. H2 has shown me how to do it, and I’ll try to live up to that standard.

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4 Responses to “26.2”

  1. Denise on 10 Oct 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    Congratulations on finishing and your personal best! Tough weather, was thinking of you!

  2. Michael Perry on 10 Oct 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    PR. Way to go. Great Job.

  3. Christina on 10 Oct 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    That’s fantastic! Post more pictures?
    You definitely earned the 26.2, especially in the rain.

  4. Cindy on 11 Oct 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    Congratulations! How exciting to post a personal best! Here’s to the recovery…

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