This morning while running on the treadmill (yes, that’s right…don’t judge me) I was watching Regis & Kelly as they hosted their “High-heel-a-thon” which was a 150m sprint/race in high heels. Anyway, that’s besides the point. 
What caught my attention was their interview with last year’s winner of the race.  Regis asked her how she prepared to run this “marathon” and then later said something like, “This is actually harder than a marathon” and while that may have been a joke, it was using the word marathon that bugged me.
First of all, let me give you the definition of the word marathon according to Wikipedia: “The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards), that is usually run as a road race.”
There have been numerous times I have heard people using the word marathon for any running event usually other than an actual marathon.  A 150m run in high heels is certainly not a marathon; neither is a 5K, 10K, or any other race that is not 26.2 miles.  Usually when people tell me they have run a 5K marathon I just ignore it; because Rick tells me it’s not nice to crush people’s dreams and also because I know they probably don’t know better…which is why I am here to explain the difference.
There is no such thing as “Oh, I’ve run that Capital 10K Marathon before” – it’s a 10K, you just said it; not a marathon.
Also, a triathlon and a marathon are not the same thing; yes they both include running, but a triathlon involves swimming and biking as well. 
A marathon takes quite a bit of time and training; and having run a few and being injured from a few, I get a little bugged when the “average Joe” uses the word nonchalantly.
And while I am sounding like a complete bitch in this post, I’m also going to say (as I have posted on Facebook before) that it’s not necessary to have a “26.2” and a “13.1” bumper sticker on your car.  We get the point…obviously if you love running 26.2 miles; you also love running half of that…who wouldn’t!?