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Data Insights: Apple Watch Tracks How Long It Takes to Achieve Marathon Distances

According to recent findings from the Apple Heart and Movement Study, the average individual takes approximately 334 days to walk or run the distance of a marathon. Published by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, this data offers a unique glimpse into the exercise patterns of thousands of participants.

The Apple Heart and Movement Study, initiated in November 2019 and concluding in January 2024, analyzed the workout habits of its participants, focusing on their use of the Apple Watch for tracking walking and running activities. Throughout this period, an impressive total of 197,700 participants logged at least one walking workout, while nearly 99,400 recorded at least one running workout.

In terms of achievements, over half of these individuals managed to cover a distance of 5 kilometers or more during a single session in their respective exercise categories. This highlights the commitment of many to maintaining regular fitness routines.

The study particularly spotlighted the month of April 2023, during which 76,114 participants recorded at least one walking or running workout. Of these, 17,376—representing 22.8%—achieved a cumulative distance of at least 26.2 miles, the equivalent of a marathon. Furthermore, the researchers estimated it would take an average of 334 days for these individuals to reach this milestone, factoring in the frequency and length of their recorded workouts.

Interestingly, this extensive data also allowed the study to estimate that completing a marathon would entail roughly 52,400 steps, based on the average stride length. This metric provides a tangible goal for those tracking their daily steps and aiming for long-term fitness targets.

For marathon hopefuls, the study revealed common training practices and recommendations. Most notably, successful preparation typically spans at least four months, with a focus on gradually increasing the mileage and reducing the intensity in the final weeks to optimize physical readiness and recovery.

The complete set of data from the Apple Heart and Movement Study is available on their official website, offering valuable insights for both seasoned runners and novices contemplating their first marathon. Whether or not it motivates more people to take on the challenge of a marathon remains to be seen, but the data certainly equips them with the knowledge to start off on the right foot.

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