Do You Love Pushing Yourself? Try Running The Kipchoge Challenge!

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First of all, who is Eliud Kipchoge?  The Kenyan man who incredibly became the first person to run 26.2 miles (a marathon) in less than 2 hours.   In case that doesn’t sound impressive, it equates to around a 4:34 minute mile pace for the entirety of the race.  WHAAAAAAT?!  I ran track in high school and I was exhausted after my best mile time of 6.5 minutes.  The thought of maintaining a pace so much faster than that for a marathon is mind-boggling!  I personally have no desire to run a marathon or even a half-marathon for that matter (my max is a 5k) but I love highlighting those who are masters of their sport!  If you want to watch this excitement of the last kilometer of his record-breaking race, it’s below!

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Ok, are you ready to take on the challenge?

Here’s how it works (thanks to Run Gum for this breakdown)

  1. Run 200m.  Rest 2 minutes
  2. Run 400m.  Rest 2 minutes
  3. Keep increasing the run by 200m with 2 minutes of rest.
  4. See how far you can go while staying at Kipchoge’s 4:34 per mile pace

See how Olympian Nick Symmonds fared in this challenge:

Wow!  What do you think?  Are you going to push yourself and give it a try?  I’m not in running shape right now but even if I were, I doubt I’d make it past the 200m!

Will you be trying the Kipchoge Challenge?  If you do, let me know how it goes in the comments!  Do you have any favorite races?  I’d love to hear about them below.

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Thanks for reading!

Emily

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3 comments

  1. I don’t think I could maintain Kipchoges pace for 200m! I’m going to pass on the challenge but will be taking on a local turkey trot 5k on thanksgiving. good luck on your upcoming races!

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