I took a rest day today so not much to report on a personal running front – except that I’m truly looking forward to a 10 miler tomorrow 🙂
Instead I thought I’d share something I learned in my Conditioning for Competitive Athletics class today. The new semester started this past Monday and my CCA class is the one I’m looking forward to the most. The semester is split into two parts. The first half we’re focusing on endurance training, specifically running! Today we talked about marathon records.
Right now the world record for the fastest marathon is 2:03:38 (that’s a 4:43 pace for 26.2 miles!!), set by Patrick Makau of Kenya in the Berlin Marathon in September of 2011.
Not far behind is Paula Radcliffe who holds the women’s world marathon record of 2:15:25 (a 5:10 pace for 26.2 miles!!).
After we talked about the records and all the physiology behind setting a marathon record, my professor showed us a graph of the records over the years and made the prediction that somebody will break 2 hours, probably in the next 20 years! That will be a huge accomplishment in human performance when it happens. A debate ensued amongst the grad students based on the graph over who the 2 hour record would go to first – a male or a female? Look at the graph, use your stereotypical opinions and make a guess.
Who do you think will break the 2 hour record first – a man or a woman?