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## Why is a marathon 26.2 miles long?

The idea for the modern marathon was inspired by the legend of an ancient Greek messenger who raced from the site of Marathon to Athens, a distance of about 40 kilometers, or nearly 25 miles, with the news of an important Greek victory over an invading army of Persians in 490 B.C. After making his announcement, the

## How far is a 1/2 marathon in KM?

A half marathon is a road running event of 21.0975 km (13 mi 192½ yd)—half the distance of a marathon.

## What pace is a 2 hour marathon in KM?

With a leading pace car beaming green lasers on to the road to indicate the required pace of 2:50 per kilometre, Kipchoge never went slower than 2:52. To break the mark, he had to run 100m in 17.08 seconds 422 times in a row at a speed of 21.1kph (13.1 mph).

## How long is a 13k run?

A half-marathon is 13.1 miles or 21 kilometers. This is exactly half the distance of a full marathon (26.2 miles). It’s a good goal for runners who have already completed a 5K (3.1 mile) race or a 10K (6.2 mile) race and are looking for a new challenge.

## Why do marathoners look old?

Instead, it’s the look of gaunt or saggy skin that may make you look a decade older. The reason, according to the believers, is that all the bouncing and impact from running causes the skin on your face, and more specifically, your cheeks, to sag.

## Do runners die early?

Do marathon runners die early? Studies have suggested that people who run more than 32km a week, or at an average pace of 12 kph or faster are more likely to have shorter lifespans than those who run slower over shorter distances.

## Is 6 km a good run?

An average person walking will have a speed of about 8-10 minutes per kilometer. So a 6 km walk will at max, take you an hour. Recreational runners run at about half that speed. Really good once reach about 4 minute/km, average go at about 5–6 minute/km.

## What is a respectable marathon time?

Across the board, most people finish a marathon in 4 to 5 hours, with an average mile time of 9 to 11.5 minutes. A finishing time that’s under 4 hours is a real accomplishment for everyone other than elite runners, who can finish in around 2 hours.

## Why are Kenyans so good at running?

Several factors have been proposed to explain the extraordinary success of the Kenyan and Ethiopian distance runners, including (1) genetic predisposition, (2) development of a high maximal oxygen uptake as a result of extensive walking and running at an early age, (3) relatively high hemoglobin and hematocrit, (4)

## Can you run a marathon without training?

“Prepare for a long and painful recovery if you didn’t train properly,” Fierras says. “Running a marathon without training can send you to the hospital and cause muscle strains, stress fractures, and long-term joint damage.”

## How fast should I run a 5K for my age?

As these are median winning times, they are faster than what people would consider average. A person able to run a 5K race in the relevant time below would likely win or finish highly in their age group.

Males.

Age group Time (minutes and seconds)
20–29 16:45
30–39 17:41
40–49 18:13
50–59 19:31

## Is 7 minutes per km good?

No, you should be good for longer distances. The motto here is you gotta start slow to get fast. If you feel comfortable to run a 7.5k (not too out of breathe or flabbergasted) then go for it. It’s not the fastest speed, but a 5k under 35 minutes is absolutely respectable running.

## Is running 10 km a day good?

Running 10K (or even about 5 miles) daily would be an excellent exercise regime, although one should really take a day or two off per week for recovery. Running has no risk factors with respect to health to speak of, although one should talk about exercise, fitness, and diet at the yearly physical.

## How fit do you need to be to run 10k?

If you can walk/run a 5k in less than 40 minutes you will be able to complete a 10k. Ideally you should be able to run 35 minutes non-stop relatively comfortably in order to start ‘racing’ a 10k.

## What is the average 10k time by age?

Your age, cardiovascular fitness, and musculoskeletal health can all influence your individual performance, but the average 10K time is 50 to 70 minutes.

Average by age.

Age Men Women
20-24 51:40 59:50
25-29 53:31 1:02:25
30-34 54:21 1:02:31
35-39 54:27 1:02:19
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