I am training for the Portland Marathon to be held on October 10th. Why couldn't Phidippides have passed out and died after 18 miles?! 26.2 is a long, long way on foot. The amazing thing is that the real Phidippides only died after 26.2 miles because he had run to Sparta and back (from Athens) just before his historic run from Marathon battlefield to Athens. The distance to Sparta is 140 miles! Think about that. The dude runs 280 miles, then 26.2. Thank god they DO NOT have running races called "Spartas". No doubt there are people who would run it.
As for me, I am up to 15 miles but strained my hamstring. I heard that 25% of people who sign up for Marathons do not show up for race day due to injuries related to training. I believe that! I might be one of the 25%.
I am offended by the price tag. Bike races are cheap. $25.00 bucks lets you suffer in a pack of animals. The Portland marathon is $130.00 dollars. Of course, they actually hand out water and gatorade. There are also people taking pictures of you on the course and there are medical tents and massages available after the race. At bike races, the rednecks just throw beer cans at us. You get what you pay for.