In 2014, Dennis Kimetto of Kenya ran the fastest ever marathon, finishing in the record-setting time of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds.
This year, Kenenisa Bekele finished the same course, the Berlin Marathon, just 6 seconds short of this.
Many believe the sub-2 hour marathon to be just around the corner.
In the 100m Sprint, the 10-second barrier was once considered the key time to break for world-class sprinters. American sprinter Bob Haynes first broke it in 1964. Now the world record holder, Usain Bolt, whose record stands at 9.58 seconds, has become accustomed to finishing well below the 10 second mark.
Is a sub-9 second 100m possible?
Finishing a marathon in 3 hours 43 minutes is good, but surely not record breaking? It is if you are running backwards. Xu Zhenjun from China set this record running backwards the entire course of the Beijing marathon.
We seem to be driven to achieve the impossible.
During the Rio 2016 Olympics, 19 world records were broken. Not least of these was the amazing achievement of Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana, completing the 10000m in 29mins 17.45 seconds. As our understanding of the human body increases and we devote more money and time to sports, our athletes increase their chances of reaching their goals.
Most of us have more humble goals. Most of us will not gain world records. It is unlikely we can devote our lives to sport, and training. But we can set our own challenges and reach them.
Running 10k may have seemed impossible at one time. But by taking small steps, getting up on your feet, getting out of the door and training, we hope that you are beginning to feel confident and ready for Sunday 20th November.
Make the Great Ethiopian Run International 10k your aim – make it your possible.
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HAILE – Respected advice
How’s your training? Are you looking forward to the Great Ethiopian Run? Here’s some more advice.
The course for the Great Ethiopian Run is tough. It’s hilly. There’s a very difficult hill at the end of the race.
So my advice is: practice running uphill!
You can do this on a treadmill in a gym by changing the gradient.
It’s even better if you can run up hills outside.
Find a good hill, which is not too steep and with a good running surface.
Run up it (for about a minute and a half) and then walk down. Repeat this six times.
Hard work – but great for your fitness!