1:59: The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach—Here’s How by Philip Maffetone

By Philip Maffetone

What will it take to run a marathon in lower than hours?

The world’s quickest instances for the marathon were losing because the distance of 26.2 miles used to be made authentic approximately 100 years in the past. yet after a obvious decline that happened for a part century, the days, whereas nonetheless edging reduce, have stalled a number of mins north of 2 hours for the prior decade.

For the 1st time, 1:59 examines what it is going to take for an elite distance runner to head sub–two hours. it is going to require greater than uncooked expertise, optimum physique measurement, and nice athletic genes. in an effort to turn into marathon’s Roger Bannister and spoil this elusive checklist, this runner needs to keep on with a nutritious diet and an individualized education routine that takes benefit of particular environmental components (“live excessive, educate low”). simply because valuable seconds count number over every one mile run, different severe issues contain better operating shape and economic system, sharpened psychological concentration, and donning the appropriate form of racing residences (or even going barefoot).

The athlete who eventually breaks distance running’s so much tantalizing barrier becomes a world megastar in a single day. Will the runner be a Kenyan, an Ethiopian, an American, or a marathoner from one other state? and the way quickly will it happen?

By delivering a special window into the hugely aggressive global of elite marathon operating, this publication additionally permits operating fans to have an intensive figuring out of the real strength of patience athletes. And in flip, they could observe an identical education and racing ideas mentioned in 1:59 to their very own operating, even if it’s a 10K, part marathon, marathon, or ultramarathon.

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