Not everyone agrees on the difference between these two words, but I need to decide: do I run more of the same or try greater distances? When I started running 18 months ago, a race containing the word marathon seemed like an impossible target. However, this month I completed my first half marathon in 1:43:10 and it felt like there was more in the tank. But does that just mean I should have run faster? When I claimed my time on runbritain rankings it took great pleasure in telling me that my time had resulted in a 0.000% change to my handicap score! To win the race you have to be the fastest, so it's not too surprising that runbritain would favour speed over distance. But should I?