In one of the running blogs/newsletters I subscribe to, saw an interesting post today about the training blog for a professional athlete (runner) – which obviously I thought I’d look at. It’s a guy I’d never heard of before – Scott Overall – but he’s fast. 28 years old, British and good at running distances from 1,500m upwards. His marathon time is 2 hours 10 minutes ish – that’s a pace of under 5 minutes per mile for 26.2 of them in a row. Impressive or what? His best half marathon time is 63 minutes. In my books he’s a long distance sprinter – I can’t do one mile at this pace. Pretty awesome stuff though and definitely one to watch in the 2012 London Olympics.
Fast but not the fastest – that record (for marathons) goes to Patrick Makau of Kenya and stands at 2 hours 3 minutes and 38 seconds. That’s a whole 7 minutes faster than lightning Scott!
When you do run the actual races, you do get to see the front runners, at least once, normally already 8 miles ahead (by about half way for me) and they really do look like they’re sprinting!