Marathon Man


On the morning of Saturday October 12th history was made when Eluid Kipchoge become the first person in history to run a marathon in under two hours. Eliud Kipchoge ran 26.385 miles in one hour fifty-nine minutes and forty seconds. To put that in perspective he had to maintain a speed of 13.1 miles per hour. Unfortunately, this amazing achievement will not count as an official world record as it was not achieved under race conditions or as part of an official marathon race. It does however show what is possible when somebody dedicates themselves to achieving their goals, trains hard every training session and works with their coaching team to properly design and implement the correct training plan for them. Usain Bolt has shown what is possible in Sprinting with his world record 100-meter time of 9.58 seconds. Now Eluid Kipchoge has shown what is possible in endurance running.
There will be some people who will try and discredit Eluid Kipchoge’ achievement, saying that he was helped by his running trainers, pace runners, the conditions and the fact that he had a car in front of him with a laser guide to follow. My response to those people is simply this. It is easy to criticise somebody when they put in the effort required to achieve their goals from the comfort of a sofa and the protection of a computer. What is not easy is to get up every morning and put in the work required for this fantastic achievement. Eluid Kipchoge would have had to spend months at a time away from his family and friends, missing out on his children’s birthday’s, school events and probably live like a hermit to achieve this goal. He would have had to run-in all-weather conditions and go to the gym for his strength training every day even when he did not want to. This is why only a small amount of people ever reach their athletic potential in any sport. A champion does what they need to do in order to achieve their goals regardless of who is watching or winning. A wannabe will make excuses for why they are not prepared to do what the person they criticise is prepared to do.
A statement I have always lived by is, “Today I will do what others won’t so that tomorrow I can do what others can’t”

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