Eliud Kipchoge: The First Man to Run a Sub 2 Hour Marathon
Eliud Kipchoge is the first man to run a sub-2-hour marathon in history. Eliud ran at an average 4mins and 30 sec per mile pace for 26.2miles to cross the line at 1:59:40.
Eliud Kipchoge started his running career as a track runner. He won bronze and silver medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games.
Eliud failed to make the London Olympics in 2011. Instead of quitting, Eliud switched to marathon running.
Between 2011 and 2014, Eliud was crushing it in marathon running. In 2015, during the Berlin marathon, Eliud’s shoes fell apart during the race, causing him to run with no insoles for 20mins; he won and destroyed the competition with a time of 2:04 mins.
Last year Eliud crushed the marathon world record running a 2:01:39.
Fast forward to 2019, in Vienna, Austria on October 12, 2019. Eliud was joined by a group of Olympians, and high performing athletes, who guided him as pace runners, as he beat a threshold that had been in existence for over 100 years.
How Did He Do It?
With a professional team of runners in Kenya. His peak condition is a product of hard work. Eliud and his team spent time running 140 miles a week… that’s 5 marathons every week for months on end.
The intense regimen, thin air, and hard compact grounds of Kenya prepared him for the easier conditions in Vienna.
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