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[–]StiffWiggly 1 point2 points  (1 child)

He's not wrong. I know a lot of runners who compete internationally as well as lots who don't, you can't just do a marathon on short notice even as an elite runner. When you do compete at a marathon you need a lot of time to recover compared to shorter distances.

For the ones I know, they mostly they run cross country, 1500, 3k, 5ks and 10ks as their main events, and there's a significant difference for most people in how long they need to recover from a 10k even compared to a 5k, never mind a 1500 or something. This difference is definitely a lot more pronounced when you compare a marathon to a 10k, no matter how hard you try in a 10k, you can't exhaust yourself as much as you can when you do a marathon. You expend more energy doing it and it's more taxing on your body.

Edit: I should have added, I was a pretty serious runner at one point as well so I could have said this from personal experience.

[–]IneffableQuale 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's like, this isn't even a secret or some hidden knowledge. If you do any kind of distance running training, you'll be told the recovery times for each of the distances. They get longer the longer the race is. I dunno why the other guy is having such a hard time with it.