Two Hour Marathon


Two Hour Marathon

It is Wednesday….Time for some fitness inspiration.  In 1954, Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute barrier for the mile. He ran it in 3:59.4  Since then, nearly 1500 runners throughout the world have gone under four minutes.

Well, we are on the brink of history again.  I believe that we will soon see a marathon runner go under 2 hours.  The current record in competition is 2:02:57.  The fastest run outside of competition is 2:00:25 (It was an event put on by Nike to break the 2 hour barrier).

Ever wonder just how fast a 2 hour marathon is?

  • The treadmills at Irons Fitness, Woodway treadmills (which are the best in the business), do not go fast enough to train for an event like this.
  • You would have to hold a pace of 4:34 per mile.
  • You would have to run a 100 meter sprint in 17 seconds….422 times
  • You would have to have an average cadence of 185 strides per minute
  • You would have to cover more than 6 feet per stride
  • You would probably have to be 5’6″ and 120 pounds (The height and weight of the current record holder)

This is how fast a 2 hour marathon is….