In October, Kipchoge will as soon as once more try and run a sub two-hour marathon on the INEOS 1:59 Problem in Vienna — on a six mile flat stretch of tree-lined avenue that the runner will cowl four.5 instances — a feat he likens to man “standing on the moon.”
“I feel it will likely be on the identical place as standing on the moon, going up the tallest mountain or going into the center of the ocean,” Kipchoge mentioned from his coaching camp in Kaptagat. “That is one other historic second in sport.
“There may be making historical past and there may be making a mark on the game. It is like the primary man to go to the moon. To be the primary man to run beneath two hours, it’s vital.”
Greater than him
On the 2018 Berlin Marathon, he set a brand new world document time for a marathon with a time of two:01:39.
And if he can run these 26.2 miles in beneath two hours — and Kipchoge has “no doubts” he’ll run a marathon in beneath two hours — he says his newest document breaking try will ship a robust message to the world.
“It can imply loads after I run beneath two hours, after I go away a really pure, clear and optimistic historical past by working beneath two hours,” Kipchoge mentioned.
“My principal focus is to cross the message onto greater than three billion individuals on this world that no human is proscribed, and the one means is by working beneath two hours.
“And I hope they may all look on this achievement and be proud of their households and with their professions, with their every day life and above all, they may carry on working.”
Studying from errors
Whereas October 12 has been outlined because the date for the try, there may be an eight-day window till October 20 the place he may make the try depending on climate situations.
Vienna was chosen primarily as it’s often delicate, sunny, and never significantly sizzling at the moment of yr.
The usage of runners and ready for favorable climate situations has led to some criticism of Kipchoge’s document try.
“This try is successfully being accomplished in a lab, not the true world. It’s an thrilling experiment and I sit up for seeing the outcomes.”
Kipchoge has been making ready for the Vienna run again in his homeland close to to his birthplace of Nandi County, which can be dwelling to many world document holders in athletics, together with Kipchoge Keino, Pamela Jelimo and Conseslus Kipruto.
Coaching for the 1:59 Problem for Kipchoge has been much like his preparation for different marathons — which includes working between 200-220km per week in preparation — and the Kenyan will arrive in Vienna one week earlier than the race window opens.
However whereas his working workload is as intense as ever, it’s the distinction in his coaching for his thoughts that Kipchoge believes shall be key to going beneath two hours.
“Nothing a lot has modified, the coaching is similar, the energy, the pace,” Kipchoge mentioned.
“However what has modified is the psychological preparation. I am now having fun with a free thoughts and above all, I am having fun with an amazing expertise. Final time after I tried to run in Monza, I used to be like a boxer going to the ring, not figuring out what’s going to occur.
“However this time, I’m feeling excellent and I do know what’s going to occur: I’ll break the two-hour barrier.”