Marathons  // Posts categorised as Marathons

The physiology of the cold: Why might women out-‘survive’ men?

Boston 2018 was one for the archives. A brutally cold, wet and windy day made for incredible, unpredictable elite races, and a whole lot of DNFs! There's a theory that women did better in this regard than men, and this post explores cold physiology, and what factors MIGHT explain why women MIGHT be able to handle the extreme cold better than men

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16 Apr 2018 Posted in Boston Marathon/Marathons/Running

2018 Boston Marathon: Live splits and coverage

Welcome to my live coverage of the 2018 Boston Marathon, where I'll post splits, projections and thoughts as both races develop.

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The pursuit of the sub-2 marathon: Where to next?

Where do we go next? Now that Eliud Kipchoge has taken us to the brink of a sub-2 hour marathon, have the boundaries of human endurance been recalibrated? Can we expect a 1:59 soon? Or did the Nike staged event simply move some of the boundaries aside? This piece looks at potential benefits, and asks whether we should expect to see a speeding up, or a slowing down, in the foreseeable future?

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Eliud Kipchoge 2:00:25

Eliud Kipchoge has run a marathon in 2:00:25, coming within sight of breaking the 2-hour barrier. How did he do it, and what might we expect in future? This post analyzes the splits, the tactics and the prospects for the 1:59:59 in the future.

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The “2-hour marathon” season begins

Kenenisa Bekele kicks off the 2017 Marathon season in Dubai, with what is a potential world record. It's the year of the "Breaking-2" after Nike's announcement last December. This article is an expanded version of one I wrote for an SA Newspaper on Jan 15th, 2017

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The sub-2 hour marathon in 2017? Thoughts on concept

Nike's announcement that they're backing three top marathoners to break the 2 hour marathon barrier in Spring 2017, is the latest installment in the sub-2 hype. Relevance and legitimacy aside, what would it take, product and course wise, to achieve? I look at shoes and downhill running to illustrate the concept of physiological barriers and how they might be shifted.

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26 Apr 2015 Posted in African running/London Marathon

London Marathon 2015: Live splits and commentary

Live coverage, including 5km splits and race commentary of the 2015 London Marathon

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20 Apr 2015 Posted in African running/Boston Marathon/Marathons

Boston Marathon 2015: Live splits and coverage

Live coverage and splits of the 2015 Boston Marathon

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The 2-hour marathon and the 4-min mile

A recently launched group plans to help runners go under 2 hours for the marathon in five years. is it feasible? For many reasons, I say no. The 4-min mile analogy is often used - here's my response to that particular thought.

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