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Eliud Kipchoge challenge the human limits

Eliud KipchogeKenyan

  • 35 years, 1m67, 52 Kg
  • Marathon runner, 230km week
  • Married, 3 children
  • Olympic gold and world recordman on the marathon in 2h1m39s

Goal: Run the marathon in 1h59m in Vienna in the next few days

Mental Attitude (mindset)

  • Training, passion and self-discipline
  • He writes down everything he does in notebooks.
  • He writes down his feelings to remember them
  • Read Aristotle, Confucius and Paul Coelho
  • He runs with his mind relaxed
  • “Respect a law, that of never telling you lies”
  • “Only the disciplined are free, the others are slaves to moods and passions.”
  • “When I train, I try to feel my body and give more and more. I don’t believe in limits.
  • “You have to have a great conviction and a team that believes in you and supports you. Shoes are also important. And then you have to be stronger than any other runner in the past. Everything is possible”.
  • “Marathon is life. If you want to be happy you have to enjoy life and I enjoy running the marathon. That’s why I smile.

He leads a spartan life:

  • Always gets up at 5 a.m. in Kaptagat (Kenya)
  • The weekend returns to the family
  • He cleans his room and bathroom
  • He washes his knits and socks in a bowl that he then spreads like the others
  • In the afternoon, he drinks a cup of tea and eats a slice of bread.

(Source: Emanuela Audisio, Repubblica e correre.it)

Kenesisa Bekele at 2 seconds form the marathon world record

Kenesisa Bekele after a series of physical problems and negative results participated in the Berlin marathon to relaunch his career on the fast path of the German capital, where three years ago he won in 2h03’03”.

He succeeded in his aim not only by winning the race but also by setting a crazy time of 2h01’41”, just 2 seconds from the world record of Eliud Kipchoge. Below is the comparison of the passages of the two athletes every 5km (source: Ross Tucker, @Scienceofsport).


No plastic in the races

The drastic reduction in the use of plastic during sport competitions must be a goal of the organisers.

The solution introduced in the London Marathon seems effective. In the 2018 edition, 919,000 plastic bottles were used, the use of which was reduced to 700,000 in 2019. These will be reused to build new plastic bottles.

200,000 bottles have been replaced with the use of bubbles containing water or mineral salts that could be ingested by runners consisting of a totally edible membrane derived from a natural algae. The casing can also be thrown away and biodegrades in 6 weeks instead of 450 years, as is the case with plastic. It is produced by the company Skipping Rocks Lab


Seaweed pods filled with sports drink.

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The numbers of the marathon in Italy

The strenuous physical activity tends to decrease in most animals with increasing age. In humans this is not always true, because it is noted today a significant increase of individuals who continue to remain physically active even when they are older.

In recent years the worldwide success is experiencing the marathon (42.195 km) is a demonstration of this track.

  • In Italy 2018, 37,874 individuals whose 6,872 are women have been finishers.
  • It is increased the number of runners who run the marathon with times from four hours and thirty minutes: this year were 9508, corresponding to an increase of 25% compared to 2017.
  • In our country, just 43 athletes have raced in less than two hours and thirty equivalent to a decrease of 23.2% compared to 2017.
  • Even the group between three hours and three hours and thirty decreased of 28.6% and it corresponds to 6,553 individuals.
  • The largest number of finishers was between three hours forty five and four hours: 4,752 (- 5.8% compared to the previous year).
He’s probably right Daniele Menarini explaining these data of the increased of the slow-running as linked to the diffusion of fitwalking and nordic walking. The marathon continues to be a challenge with oneself also at low speeds. Accepting this approach can lead to a conception of this race as a motivating experience even for those who do not run (or walk) with the logic of time but to live an experience that as a citizen is still extreme. Menarini suggests at this regard to increase the maximum time to accommodate more participants, following the spirit of what is happening in Japan. Murakami Haruki, the writer-marathoner, reminds us:

“In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”

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One day at the Rome marathon (www.maratonadiroma.it) and it’s time to free your mind from all the uncertainties about the performance, some ideas:

  • look back at training period and your commitment to be here
  • be proud of this journey
  • enjoy the excitement you feel, including fears that go through your head
  • thinks that Sunday you go to do just what you like best, running
  • it is obvious that it will be very tiring
  • keep your pace
  • you’re going to do something important for you, otherwise you would not have trained so hard

NYC stronger

The marathon as life metaphor.

“… if me too and, like me, thousands of normal persons can run more than 42 km, then all is possible. Also to stop the wars.

(Alessandro Bertani, Emergency vice president)Image result for ny  marathon 2017

Time of London Marathon in the different aged group

The activity-tracking appStrava – has released some information looking at the habits and activities of London Marathon runners from last year. And it’s good news for the most experienced runners.

  • Runners on Strava in the 35-44 age group posted the fastest finishing time, followed by the 45-54 age group who finished in an average 3 hours 56 mins with the youngest age group (under 25s) in third, with an average finish time of 3 hours 59 mins.
  • The 25-34 age group (the same age group as the majority of the elite field) was one of the slowest, only 15 seconds ahead of the 55-64 age group – potentially illustrating differences in lifestyle, level of experience and pacing strategy.
  • Across all age groups the average finish time for female runners was 4 hours 23 mins, and for men, 3 hours 48 mins.
  • Mile 4 was the fastest for both men and women

Book review:Ultramaratoneti e gare estreme

Ultramaratoneti e gare estreme

Matteo Simone

Roma Prospettiva editrice, 2016, p.298

Parlare di ultramaratona è difficile perché con facilità si può scadere nella retorica del sacrificio, del no pain-no gain. Questo libro, invece, parla di questo tema dando voce alla esperienze positive e negative di chi corre. Infatti si parla all’inizio della corsa, anzi del movimento, e di quanto sia importante muoversi quotidianamente scegliendo la misura che è più indicata e piacevole per la persona. Successivamente il lettore è condotto nel mondo della corsa di lunga distanza e quindi anche in quello dell’ultramaratona. Qui il racconto assume sempre più una dimensione narrativa in cui Simone Matteo fa parlare i diretti protagonisti attraverso le loro esperienze. La maggior parte di loro sono persone comuni, non atleti professionisti, che parlano delle ragioni che sottendono a questa scelta sportiva. Sono in generale motivazioni che nascono dal desiderio di migliorare la conoscenza di se stessi, attraverso la conoscenza di quali siano i propri limiti e come superarli. Il corpo parla continuamente a questi amanti dell’endurance, poiché la distanza determina sollecitazioni che le corse brevi e di media lunghezza non arrivano a determinare. Ascoltarsi vuol dire anche sapere quando fermarsi dando retta proprio ai segnali che provengono dal fisico. Non ascoltarli significa andare incontro a problemi fisici anche gravi, come viene raccontato da alcuni runner. Il libro scorre in modo interessante poiché Matteo Simone narra delle storie personali senza avere la pretesa d’insegnare cosa sia l’ultramaratona ma lasciandola scoprire al lettore attraverso le parole di chi la pratica. Ognuno di noi se ne farà quindi un’idea personale, basata su cosa riteniamo sia la corsa, la corsa di lunga distanza e il nostro rapporto con il movimento. E’, quindi, un libro aperto a diverse soluzioni interpretative dettate dalle esperienze di chi legge e credo che questo sia il suo pregio principale.