It has been in my mind to write few words regarding sleep as it is clearly one of the most important though many times neglected factors affecting human health. As Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded this week for the researchers who had made significant contributions in the area of circadian clock, I thought that this is good moment to emphasize the importance of sleep for our wellbeing.
Sounds basically impossible but Eliud Kipchoge was yesterday able to run some 2,5 minutes faster than is the current marathon world record, which is already amazing time and these type of records are not usually beaten by that large margin. He stopped clocks in a time 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-2 marathon attempt which was held on a racetrack in Monza, Italy. There has been quite a lot of speculation about his shoes and other things and it was not accepted as an official world record due to numerous reasons such as there was a car setting the pace for him and other runners. In a way that should not matter, that is unbeliavably fast!
To find out all the details Runner’s World has covered the topic well and it might also be worth of wathing the entire run. Read also their report on the attempt as well as Mike Joyner’s analyses what we should still expect. I have listened to many of Mike’s presentations on the topic but also researchers such as Andy Jones and many others have presented very interesting ideas and calculations which are worth of visiting if you are interested in reading some more what these running velocities for such a long periods require physiologically. I would say Kipchoge’s run was simply astonishing and I hope there is nothing else behind that time but unique genetics and very hard training.