28 Sep '14, 5pm

Why a sub-2:00 marathon won't happen soon:

September, 28 2014 update: This piece was written in the aftermath of last year's world record at the Berlin Marathon. Despite the record being lowered to 2:02:57 at this year's Berlin race , the author stands 100 percent behind the rationale underlying the article. Sub-2:00 on a record-eligible course is still many years away. Whenever the men's world marathon record is broken these days, you can count on two things in the immediate aftermath: The new record holder will pose in front of a clock stopped at his new mark, and people will say that a sub-2:00 marathon will be run soon. Sorry to be a nattering nabob of negativity, but a sub-2:00 marathon on a record-eligible course won't happen for many, many years. On the surface, it seems reasonable to think a 1:59:XX marathon is imminent. After Wilson Kipsang ran 2:03:23 in Berlin on Sunday, even people as informed as Michae...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/why-a-sub-20...

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