New Marathon World Record, How long could you keep up?

The world record for the marathon was broken on Sunday with a time of 2:03:59.

Here are his splits for the race:
5 km 00:14:35
10 km 00:29:13
15 km 00:44:03
20 km 00:58:50
half 01:02:05
25 km 01:13:41
30 km 01:28:27
35 km 01:43:05
40 km 01:57:34

That got me to thinking about my track workout today and how fast that actually is. I am planning on running just under 4:00 for my marathon or about 8:40 per mile, so a lot of my track workouts are in the 6 to 7 minutes per mile range right now. Which is about 1:40 per 400m.

Haile Gebrselassie’s pace for the marathon was 4:44 minutes per mile. That comes out to a 35.5 second 200m, 71 second 400m, 2:22 800m, 3:33 1200m, and a 9:28 2-mile. I was thinking about how long I would be able to keep up with him and my guess is for probably 600m (Revision after my track workout 100m to 200m ),  at the most, with me doing and all out sprint and him running less then 1/52 of his race.

How long could you keep up?

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One response to “New Marathon World Record, How long could you keep up?

  1. wow.

    I wouldn’t even want to guess how far I could keep up with him. 10 m?

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