City Runs

Marathons vs. Triathlons

October 29, 2013 - City Runs

When you’re trying to decide on an event, you may have asked:“What is the difference between a marathon and a triathlon?” You were probably greeted with the obvious response, stating thatamarathon involves running, whereas a triathlon involves running, swimming and cycling.While this is true, there are many more differences between a marathon and a triathlon that many people overlook. Here are some of those differences:


Equipment
The most obvious difference between a marathon and a triathlon is the equipment you will need. The essential piece of equipment that a marathon requires is a pair of quality running shoes. Go for a pair with a thick, spongy sole that will provide comfort toyour foot with every stride you take. A breathable pair is also advantageous as they will help to keep your feet cool and dry.


More equipment is needed when it comes to triathlons. You will still need your running shoes, but you will also need a wealth of other equipment. A wetsuit is essential for the swimming aspect of the event. It is worth investing in a well-made one, especially if your triathlon is in winter. Activinstinct stocks a great range of Orca wetsuits that make use of specialist, high-quality materials. These will keep you well insulated while making you more streamlined, aiding your performance in the water.


You can find a full checklist of all of the triathlon essentials here.


Training
In some respects, training for a marathon is somewhat easier than training for a triathlon. When training for a marathon, running is the sole focus of your training program. However, with a triathlon, you have to divide your training time between the three events.


When training for a triathlon, many people make the mistake of focusing on one event and neglecting the others. This will not provide all-round training and could be detrimental to your overall performance.


You should train for all events, but also play to your strengths too. For example, if you are a strong swimmer, you may want to keep your swimming training to a minimum and focus more on the other events.


Choosing an event
If you’re finding it difficult to choose between the two, why not combine them both and take part in an Ironman Triathlon? Boasting a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride followed by a 26.2-mile marathon, the Ironman Triathlon is not for the fainthearted!


If you think you have it in you to tackle an Ironman Triathlon, click here to find out more.