Trying to decide if this is a bigger achievement than Usain Bolt's 9.58s 100m
If Bolt could do that for a mile, it would be ~2m10s, which is of course impossible. 4 minute miles are rare, only around 1500 people have ever done that. Kipchoge just averaged 4m33s - for over 26 straight miles. That is mind blowing really.
It's a helluva feat, no doubt. But don't overlook that he had as many pacers as he wanted for the entire distance, many of whom only joined the run as earlier pacers tired. I reckon this is still 'only' equivalent to a 2:01-ish marathon under race rules. So still may be a few years until we see sub-2:00 in open competition
Don't forget the SUV he was following had a green laser to help set the pace as well, still quite remarkable though.
It really is similar to Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile. Also a special event with a team of pacers.
Pacers, super flat course, ideal conditions... At the end of the day he still put one foot in front of the other at 2:48-2:52/km for over 42km which is just immense. This has to be at the limit of what the human body can do, at least from a metabolic standpoint.
Ultramarathoners are total freaks as well. I’ve got a friend who set an age 60-64 record by running 220 miles in 48 hours.
For anyone who enjoys this sort of thing, I recommend Endure by Alex Hutchinson. It'll be required reading for my cross team once I start coaching again.
On first read I thought you’d been cranking your subwoofer for 2 hours.
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