A marathon is 26.2 miles; a half-marathon is 13.1 miles. However, marathoners often experience “the wall” of endurance at the 20-mile mark. “There is a saying among marathoners: ‘After 20 miles, you’re halfway there’” was cited in 1975. “Conventional wisdom says that at 20 miles you are only halfway to the finish of a marathon” was cited in a 1999 book.
There is a saying among marathoners: “After 20 miles, you’re halfway there.”
Run Farther, Run Faster
By Joe Henderson
Mountain View, CA: Anderson World Books
The “wall” gives rise to the belief that a marathon doesn’t really begin until 20 miles.
Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals
By Steven Jonas and Virginia Aronson
New York, NY: W.W. Norton
If I managed to go 20 miles, I could probably run a marathon even though conventional wisdom says that at 20 miles you are only halfway to the finish of a marathon.
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Remember Your First Marathon?
Yep, I remember it well! Never hurt so bad in all my life!! Vowed to never do it again. With no training runs longer than 17 miles, and that was only once, I set off for Columbus Oh, in November 1986. Everything went well for 20 miles or so. Hit 20 in 2:05. No problem, right? Wrong!!! I didn’t know what lay ahead. 20 miles really is the halfway point in a marathon. Last 6 miles took 55 minutes.
Running at the Speed of Life
By James Lander
Warren, MI: ML Publishing
In the marathon it is said the halfway point is closer to 18 or 20 miles. This is because the effort over the last 6 to 8 miles is thought to be comparable to that of the first 18 to 20. I have to agree.
My First 100 Marathons:
2,620 Miles with an Obsessive Runner
By Jeffrey Horowitz
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
It’s no wonder that veteran runners say the marathon is really two races: the first 20 miles, and the last 6.2.
Lance and Kristin Agree: 20 Miles is Halfway
How surprising math can be so true in a marathon.
MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008, 12:00 AM
Running for Fitness
December 2, 2010
It is often said that the half way stage of a marathon is 20 miles; and it is certainly true that the last six miles are always as hard, mentally and physically, as the first twenty. They are also always harder than you think they are going to be. There is no suitable preparation for the experience. The battle is mainly in your mind.
Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide:
Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons
By Hal Higdon
New York, NY: Rodale, Inc.
GLYCOGEN AND THE WALL
A term frequently used by marathoners is “hitting the wall.” This usually occurs around 20 miles into the race, about the time the body runs out of energy. Often this happens so suddenly that runners feel as though they crashed into a brick wall. Their pace slows. Their breath becomes labored. They struggle to finish. It can be said that the first half of the marathon is 20 miles long; the second half, 6.2 more.
History by the Mile
By Paul C. Clerici
Charleston, SC: The History Press
Wellesley is indeed the home of the 13.1-mile mark, the half marathon, the 21K. But it is not really halfway in regard to the effort and struggle required in a marathon.
“That’s at 20 [miles],” Squires said with great conviction.
Long way to go. The trope is the 2d half of marathon begins at 20 miles. #BostonMarathon
10:25 AM - 20 Apr 2015
Seattle (WA) Times
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Originally published July 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm Updated July 28, 2015 at 9:01 pm
It’s like running a marathon. The old saying (for which I can vouch) is that the halfway point of the 26-mile race comes at 20 miles.
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