Eliud Kipchoge held a pace of 4 minutes and 34 seconds over 26.2 miles, which made him the first person in history to run the marathon in under 2 hours.
“I had no doubt in myself,” he said. On the basis of records from the last 60 years, researchers from Australia have predicted that there is a five percent chance of someone running a marathon under 2 hours in 2024.
“I expect more people all over the world to run under two hours after today,” Kipchoge said.
I follow along with marathon records for women and men a lot, and this caught my attention because I was also convinced that nobody could run the marathon sub two hours. I, a 17-year old that is not a trained distance runner and that just started cross country this year, decided to run at Kipchoge paces for as long as I could.
My expectations were not high; my guess was that I can run 600 meters at this pace at most. As I calculated the pace for different distances, varying from 100 meters to a kilometer, I realized that I definitely will not even run close to 600 meters at that pace. I hardly ran 250 meters close to my maximal speed, which is the pace at which a man ran 26.2 miles. It shocked me that I could only run slightly more than half of the outdoor track before I started slowing down and stopped keeping up with the pace. Now I am even more impressed by Kipchoges strong mentality and the achievement something seemingly impossible.
Just as when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile mark in 1954, Kipchoge made history in sports and inspired generations to push their limits. Strong mentality and belief in yourself is the key to success; everything seems impossible until it is done – and then many more people can do it. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to break a school record or get accepted into a college that’s a far reach – goals are there for us to have something to go after and improve our mindsets.