In today's 31st running of the London Marathon, with more than 35,000 participants, the course record for men was broken. Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai came in at 2:04:39. That's a 4:45 min/mile for 26.2 miles. Can you imagine running like that?! The top three in the men's race were all under 2:06 and all three were from Kenya.
On the women's side, another Kenyan, Mary Keitany, was first with a time of 2:19:17. That's a 5:19 pace. The top three women were all under 2:21.
What amazing athletes! And what's really cool is... that when you participate in a big city marathon like London, or New York or Chicago or tomorrow's Boston, you get to run on the very same course that the elite athletes do.
I found this video on YouTube.. It takes you from start to finish of the Boston Marathon course in eight minutes... driving (of course), and in fast motion. As I watched it, and it went on and on, I remembered the times I ran it.
Congratulations to all who ran London today! And to all who will run Boston tomorrow, hope you have a great time!