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Drug slang A regionally popular term for amphetamine, especially when taken non-stop for an extended period of time
Sports medicine A foot race measuring 26.2 miles/42.2 km; muscle changes in marathon runners: local muscle tenderness, pain, swelling, inflammation
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noun A prolonged, arduous task, as in ‘negotiating marathon’

marathon

Sports medicine A foot race measuring 26.2 miles/42.2 km; muscle changes in marathon runners: local muscle tenderness, pain, swelling, inflammation. See Ultramarathon.

marathon

specifically, a footrace over a road course of 42.195 km (∼26 mile 385 yd) nowadays covered by elite performers in less than 2 h 10 min (males) and 2 h 20 min (females). Named after the city of Marathon in ancient Greece, imitating the distance run by a messenger from there to Athens, with news of victory over the Persians, in 490 bc. In general, term applied to any form of very high endurance activity.
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The Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) was established in 2006 and is now comprised of Qualifying Races including the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago, and TCS New York City Marathons.
And I've done five marathons since March, starting in Rome, then Paris, back to Brighton, then on to London and last weekend I ran Manchester and I'm off to Belfast to run on Monday.
I usually do about 54 marathons and 5K runs a year; this is my 28th this year.
So what did I do at the 30th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM)?
Your marathon preparation occurs over several months.
The Denver Marathon, named one of 10 "Marathons You Should Do in 2008" by Runner's World, will highlight the cultural diversity of Denver's communities by incorporating a mix of urban neighborhoods, shopping and restaurant districts, city parks and residential areas in its marathon, half marathon, and ING Marathon relay courses.
Marathons was compared to the female average to create a time of 20:30 that gave the men no hope.
How many marathons should we run during a lifetime of long distance running?
The questionnaire covered weekly training distance, longest and shortest training distance in one week, warm-up and flexibility habits, number of previous marathons completed, and the individual runner's opinion about optimal training mileage needed for marathon training.
If you are a regular runner with a weekly base of as little as 20 miles (even 15 according to some authorities), you can pick one of the many fall marathons, register now, and start training.
Fenton said his team had transferred 20 patients to hospitals, whereas in past marathons about two runners would normally be transferred the whole day.
Over the next 25 years, I completed 22 marathons (including nine Boston Marathons), 12 50-milers, two finishes (out of five starts) at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and one 24-hour run.