“ No human is limited “ ~Eliud Kipchoge. The greatest marathoner of all time. At the Berlin Marathon last month, he set a new world record of 2:01:39. This took 78 seconds off the previous best record. The biggest single improvement for over 50 years! He attributes his success to the power of the mind. He says and I quote, “If you have that pure belief in your heart that you want to be successful, then you can talk to your mind and your mind will control you to be successful.” We most certainly have a lot to learn from this man. His level of discipline is also grand. For nearly 300 days a year, he lives and trains at a simple training center in Kaptagat. He says, “Being disciplined is not just about the 2 hour run you are doing, but what you are doing the other 22 hours in the day as well.”
On the 12th of October at Vienna in Austria, he sets to beat his previous world record. To run a 42km race in 1:59. Branded as the INEOS 1:59 challenge (sponsored by Britain based trillionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe) It will be the marathon of the century. If he breaks this record, it will probably take another 50 years to break his record. It’s not as easy as it sounds though, there are so many preparations put in place. Kipchoge currently has a team of 6 experts to prepare him for the marathon. A nutritionist, physician, psychotherapist, lead coach and two other experts from Global Sports Communication who have been instrumental in nurturing him.
It’s amazing how one man can bring a whole nation together. Safaricom will change their MPESA logo for the next seven days to show their loyalty and support for Kipchoge. The number of Kenyans who will gather on the day of the marathon to spectate will be massive. Cheering on Kipchoge every step of the way. A proud moment for our country Kenya. The chances of beating that 2 hour barrier is about 40%, but with Kipchoge’s strong will and body, all we can do is wish him all the best. Every marathon runner has a finite point where they start to slow down, and with Kipchoge currently at 34 years old, it is now or never for him. Regardless of whether he breaks the record or not, he still holds the world record. And the fact that he is challenging himself to break his own record makes him a legend.