I figured the first few things I’d learn while
How many times have you been asked the question that all non-runners love to ask… “how far was that marathon?” or its various other incarnations (Did you run that 5k marathon this weekend? Et al). A zillion right? I mean, it doesn’t bother me. Why should non-runners know how long various races are? (Although, come on… at least know that all marathons are the same distance. Am I right?).
Now… I’m no math whiz*, but I do know this one basic calculation:
1 kilometer= .62 miles.
So, using that knowledge… I can easily figure out how long a 12k race is, or a 20k. 7.44 miles and 12.4 miles, respectively. Easy, no?
I used this knowledge to calculate the distance of a 50k. 50k= 31 miles. Awesome. Less than 5 miles more than a marathon. No biggie. Right? So, the other day I was perusing the FAQ page for the event and I saw this question:
What are the true distances of these races?
Ummm… ok, I think to myself. That’s an odd question for a race FAQ. And then I see the answer…
The 50K is 32.6 miles, and the 25K is 16.3 miles.
Ummm… excuse me? What’s that?
I read it again,
The 50K is 32.6 miles...
WHAT THE HELL? 32.6 miles is like… a… 52.5k! Where did that extra 1.6 miles come from?
Amy: Welcome to the world of ultrarunning… it’s not an exact math.
So, apparently, ultrarunners don’t give two shits about bragging to their friends about how far they’ve ran
I mean, I get it… it’s cool. These ultrarunners are totally chill and aren’t out there to brag and get their props. They’re just out there to run and be in nature and all that shit. But, I’m not like that… I thrive on bragging to beotches about how freaking hardcore I am.
I’m thinking I’ll just use some masking tape… cover over the 50k and write in 52.5k on the tee shirt**. I mean… just to be accurate, ya know?
Nevermind the fact that I’ve got to run another 1.6 miles***. Sheesh.
Lesson #2 learned: Always read the FAQs or look closely at the course map before you sign up for an ultra race.
*No comments from the peanut gallery, please.
**Classy all the way, baby. That's how I roll.
***Lest I forget the REAL issue at stake. Another 1.6 miles? Ugh.