Ok – I don’t get it. Why do people call things a “Mini-Marathon”? Why does someone go around and say “I ran a mini-marathon, have you run a mini-marathon?”. I don’t know, what the heck is a mini-marathon? Is it a marathon you run with mini-mouse, like a variation of the Disney Marathon? Upon Googling I found that generally a Mini-Marathon is simply a Half-Marathon. Ok…umm…why not call it that?
To be clear – I think the half-marathon distance is awesome. It’s my favorite distance. It’s just right in terms of length and not as painful as a full marathon. It takes a fair amount of effort; but you can still go on and have a normal remainder of the day. As once described to me – “The half marathon is really a much more gentlemanly distance than a full marathon”.
But where does the ‘mini’ part come in? It’s a qualitative word that doesn’t really describe anything. It doesn’t tell me (or anyone else) how long the race is. For all I know it could be 1/4th the length of a Marathon, or even 1/8th. To me ‘mini’ doesn’t mean half – but some small amount – like 10% or 20%. It means tiny, small – or rather very small.
Finishing a half-marathon is just as important as finishing a marathon. People don’t look down on someone because they ‘only’ ran 13.1 miles. Seriously.
I think before I ran a marathon I thought that everyone who had run a marathon thought people who hadn’t run one before were “inferior runners”. I think many forums perpetuate attitude. After completing the distance – I now believe what some say – it just doesn’t matter. To me I don’t care that the longest distance you’ve gone is 1K, 10K, 10 Miles or 100 miles. As long as you’ve found whatever distance you like running – and go out and run your hardest, that’s all that really matter. (Although, the people that run those weird 8 Mile races do need some professional help)
You’re no less of a runner for calling it a ‘half-marathon’ than calling it a ‘mini-marathon’. To me the term ‘mini-marathon’ tries to imply full marathon status by conjuring up confusion around what it really is. People don’t go around calling a 5K race a ‘mini-10K’ – do they? Nope. Call it what it is, not some made-up name.
Be proud of the fact that you ran 13.1 miles – don’t try and cover it up with ‘mini-marathon’ branding. 99.9% of the people around you can’t run 13.1 miles (or probably even 2 miles), so telling someone that you ran half-marathon is impressive enough. If someone doesn’t think that 13.1 miles is impressive – tell them to run it faster then. There is always room for improvement. 🙂
Ok…my random rainmaker rant is complete.