Swimming equivalent to marathon run? Ultra run?

tortugatortuga Senior Member
edited April 2014 in General Discussion
Marathon swim equivalent to running a 26.2? 50 miler? 100 miler? My guess would be 10K, 10 mile, 20 mile respectively. Any ideas?

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  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member
    I swear we talked about this somewhere in these forums. Can't remember what we came up with, but I think you're close. Had to do with what the elites do in those distances, time-wise, then what distance our elite marathon swimmers do in the same time, rounded to a nice number.

    For ease with my triathletes, I multiply by 4. Or divide, depending which way I go. I tell them I'm doing a 10-miler, I tell them that's equivalent to them running 40 miles.

    Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...

  • Leonard_JansenLeonard_Jansen Charter Member
    tortuga wrote:
    Marathon swim equivalent to running a 26.2? 50 miler? 100 miler? My guess would be 10K, 10 mile, 20 mile respectively. Any ideas?

    Actually having done all these, I would say @IronMike's "factor of 4" rule is pretty close. However, there is a wear and tear to running/walking races that you don't get in swimming. At the same time, swimming races have extended periods of total isolation that you don't get in running/walking. Throw in cold water, lampreys, men in grey suits, seasickness, drunks in boats and waves and maybe swimming sounds tougher. Throw in altitude sickness, getting lost, snakes, drunks in cars and bears and maybe running/walking sounds tougher. (I was once in a race where a guy fell over a bear.)

    But it's all good clean fun for kids.

    -LBJ

    MvG

    “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” - Oscar Wilde

  • Equivalent for whom? I have only briefly considered running a marathon and only if it was at the end of an Iron Man race. But somehow swimming got in the way of that goal. If we use the ratios that Iron man uses it is a 12:1 ratio which is ridiculous. I think IronMan needs to up the swim by a factor of 3 (off topic comment). Once I complete a 28 miler I may revisit the run a marathon goal. I don't want to ever have to admit to having run farther than I have ever swum.

    -Sumner
  • miklcctmiklcct Kowloon, Hong KongMem​ber

    I always use the factor of 4 to determine whether I should focus on my run training or my swim training.

    I can run 6 km in about 29 minutes, but I still cannot swim 1.5 km in the same time, so I currently train on my swim rather than my run. If I can bring my 1.5 km swim time down to 29 minutes, I will focus on my run again.

    MvG
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