27 Feb '17, 3pm

Sara Hall Explains Her Breakthrough at Fast Tokyo Marathon

Beating the 2:30 barrier has been a goal she’s chased from the beginning. Prior to racing Tokyo, the closest Hall came was 2:30:06 at the 2016 London Marathon . It seemed to be a good race for many in the elite fields. Ahead of her, Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang charged through more than half the race under world-record pace—he predicted beforehand that he’d break Dennis Kimetto’s 2:02:57 mark—but he slowed in the second half to win in 2:03:58, his fourth career sub-2:04 marathon. Sarah Chepchirchir, also of Kenya, ran a four-minute PR to win in 2:19:47. In November Hall ran the New York City Marathon , placing ninth in 2:36:12. She didn’t anticipate running another race so soon, but when she started back after a training break this winter her long runs seemed to go well. She wanted her next race to offer cool temperatures (it was 43 degrees at the Tokyo start), and a coed field....

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/sara-hall-expla...

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