Ineos 1:59 Challenge | Sub 2 Hour Marathon

The ineos 1:59 challenge is a new project to see a human being break the 2 hour marathon barrier.

ineos 1-59 challenge

Eliud Kipchoge, the current world-record holder at 2:01:39, with the help of Ineos will aim to break the sub-2 hour marathon barrier.

The event will take place in Autumn 2019. I am excited to share the InEOS website here on RunDreamAchieve.

As a 2:19:35 marathoner, what Eliud has done inspires us all, regardless what our capabilities are.

I held 5:19 per mile pace for 26.2 miles when I ran 2:19:35. Kipchoge’s world-record marathon time of 2:01:39 equates to 4:38 mile mile pace.

Nike Breaking 2 – Manza, Italy

In addition to that, let’s not forget Eliud ran 2:00:25 during Nike’s Breaking 2 project last year in Italy. The ineos 1:59 challenge aims to help Kipchoge on his quest to become the first man to break the 2 hour marathon barrier.

He held a pace of 4:35 per mile for 26.2 miles when he ran his stunning 2:00:25 time trial in Italy.

If you have not watched the Breaking 2 Documentary you can view it below.

What Kipchoge is focused on doing is sustaining 4:35 per mile for 26.2 miles. It is almost an impossible achievement for most runners. It is certainly a superhuman goal but we in the marathon world know that Eliud is no ordinary athlete.

I remember how fast I had to run to run a 2:19:35 marathon. I was still on 5:11 mile pace through the 20-mile mark (1:44:05) in that race. As competitive as I ran that day, I would have been over 2 miles behind Kipchoge.

Currently, the race venue for the InEOS 1:59 challenge is set for October in London. Regardless where the attempt is held I am going to fly to be there to witness history.

If any runner can break 2 hours it is Eliud Kipchoge. His 2:00:25 time trial in Manza, Italy in the above mentioned documentary is light years faster than all of us.

It is difficult to break a 3 hour marathon let alone a 2 hour marathon. There are legitimate athletes who have trouble breaking a 2 hour half marathon.

What The InEOS 159 Challenge Offers To The World

An opportunity to see the first human being break the 2 hour marathon barrier. Roger Bannister made history doing what most thought was impossible, running a mile under 4 minutes.

I never thought I’d be writing this but I believe he can. I remember when Haile Gebresalassie ran 2:03:59 at the Berlin Marathon and thought that record would never be broken in my lifetime.

Kipchoge, having already run his 2:00:25 at Monza, proves it is not impossible. That being said, no can run a time like that without incredible genetic talent and immense hard work.

What Kipchoge has going for him is that he doesn’t work a full-time job and can devote 100 percent of attention to this quest.

He certainly will need all the time and focus he can get. Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 time trail was not counted as a world-record due to him having pacers, drinks handed to him and a pace vehicle in front of him.

His 2:01:39 world-record that he ran at the 2018 Berlin Marathon equates to 4:38 per mile. He also just recently ran 2:02:37 at the 2019 London Marathon which he has now won 4 times.

No one in the sport of marathoning has duplicated what Kipchoge has done. He has now run the top two fastest times in history along with his 2:00:25 time-trial marathon time.

The one record I do not see ever being broken is Daniel Komen’s 7:20.67 3000m world-record set in 1996. That equates to 7:54 for 2-miles. Daniel still holds the world-record for two-miles having run 7:58.61. He did it not only once but twice.

If Kipchoge runs 1:59:59 or faster it will surpass any record, even Komen’s 3000m world record. Resources like runnersweb are great places to also keep up with the current status of Kipchoge’s sub-2 hour marathon attempt.

What Does It Take To Break A Sub 2 Hour Marathon?

I wish I had the authority like Kipchoge to respond to that question. A sub 2 hour marathon equates to sustaining 4:34.70 per mile for 26.2 miles or 2.50.7 per kilometer.

My personal best for the marathon is 2:19:35 or 5:19.6 per mile or 3:18.6 per kilometer. Eliud Kipchoge can sustain his per mile average approximately 46 seconds faster per mile than I can hold for the marathon.

Kipchoge is so good the second fastest time in history behind his 2:01:39 world marathon record is 2:02:55. The ineos 1:59 challenge is going to be a special event.

Mosinet Geremew from Ethiopia, who placed 2nd at the 2019 London Marathon, also ran under the previous world record time of 2:02:57. It was the first time in history two men ran under 2:03:00 in the same race.

We have never seen an athlete like Kipchoge. What does it take to run a sub 2 hour marathon? Well, an incredible lactate clearance capability. In addition to that, an almost superhuman pain tolerance.

One of the greatest characteristics about Kipchoge is his mental toughness. He clearly works extremely hard and his results show it. He has won 10 of his last 11 marathons and has not been beaten since 2013.

Lastly, his ability to sustain such a fast pace for such a long period of time makes him a very special athlete. I think he is a clean athlete. That being said, we are in a sport where many of the top runners are doping which is sad.

Kipchoge distances himself from distractions and is one of, if not the hardest working, runner in our sport. He lives simple despite being a multi-millionaire and remains humble.

The current location for the ineos 1:59 challenge is set to take place in London in October. You can best bet I will be there to witness history.

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