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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 earlier this month. 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 his entire record-breaking race, it’s here:
Ok, are you ready to take on the challenge?
Here’s how it works (thanks to Run Gum for this breakdown)
- Run 200m. Rest 2 minutes
- Run 400m. Rest 2 minutes
- Keep increasing the run by 200m with 2 minutes of rest.
- 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!
I’m not quite ready to try this challenge, but I will be participating in a few races coming up as I’m working on my fitness:
- Color Run (FREE) – fun run – Charlotte NC Fitness Festival – November 9th, 2019
- Running of the Turkeys – $30 – 5k – Greensboro NC – November 28th, 2019
- Running of the Balls – $40 – 5k – Greensboro NC – December 14th, 2019
- Frigid Trail Race & Polar Plunge – $32 – 10k/5k – USNWC– February 8th, 2020.
Will you be trying the Kipchoge Challenge? If you do, let me know how it goes in the comments! Do you have any favorite holiday races you’ll be running in the next few months? I’d love to hear about them below.
Thanks for reading!
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